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March 2011

Iran once more condemns Saudi and UAE presence in Bahrain

Iran’s parliament has once again condemned the presence of Saudi and UAE forces in Bahrain and warned of possible consequences. » read more

Kuwait cabinet resigns to avoid questioning

Kuwait’s cabinet resigned en masse after Parliament called on several ministers to answer questions. » read more

Funeral of elder Mousavi interrupted by Iranian security forces

Funeral of MirEsmail Mousavi, father of Iranian opposition leader MirHosein Mousavi was interrupted by security forces and at least seven people were arrested. » read more

MirHosein Mousavi's father passes away in Tehran

MirEsmail Mousavi, the father of Iranian opposition leader MirHosein Mousavi, died today in Tehran at the age of 103, Kaleme webiste reports. » read more

Iran's population passes 75 million

Iran’s population now exceeds 75 million, according to the Iran Census Organization. » read more

Iranian political prisoner dies in hospital

The family of Mohsen Dokmehchi, an Iranian political prisoner, has staged a sit-in at the hospital where he passed away in a bid to retrieve his remains. » read more

Iranian opposition leaders denied visits from children

Iranian authorities have repeatedly refused to allow the children of MirHosein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard to visit their parents, Kaleme website reports. » read more

Repeated attacks against police in northwest Iran

Security forces in the northwestern Iranian city of Sanandaj have once again been the target of an armed attack. » read more

Amensty International 2010 report on death penalty

Iran once again ranks second only to China when it comes to the number of state executions, according to the latest annual report from Amnesty International. » read more

Iranian parliament blasts UN Human Rights Council

“The [United Nations] Human Rights Council is a toy in the hands of great powers who make secret deals with its members,” Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission states. » read more

A Frame

Mana Neyestani

Iranian MP warns against "totalitarian approach" in government

Conservative Member of Parliament Ahmad Tavakoli has warned that “a totalitarian movement with deviant ideas” is at work in the Iranian government, trying to influence parliament to act “without concern for national interests.” » read more

Campaign in support of jailed Iranian student activist

A group of activists has launched a campaign to focus international attention on the condition of jailed Iranian student activist Bahareh Hedayat. » read more

Iran welcomes transfer of Afghan security responsibilities from NATO forces

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received Afghan President Hamid Karzai today in Tehran, expressing his support for Afghanistan’s plan to assume responsibility for its own security instead of relying on foreign security forces. » read more

Iranian journalist protests against violation of prisoner rights

Prominent Iranian journalist, Jila Bani-Yaghoub complains to Tehran’s prosecutor about the violation of her husband’s rights in prison. » read more

Florence honours jailed Iranian lawyer with human rights award

The City of Florence has awarded its 2010 human rights award to jailed Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh and Peruvian human rights activist, Fr. Mario Bartolini. » read more

EU calls for release of Iranian opposition leaders

Catherine Ashton, the EU chief of foreign policy, is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Iranian opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. » read more

High Flight

Mana Neyestani

Iran slams appointment of UN Human Rights investigator on Iran

Iran says the resolution recently passed by UN Human Rights Council calling for closer scrutiny of the state of human rights in the country “has no legal validity and is completely disqualified.” » read more

Iranian-Kurd prisoner in imminent danger of execution

According to various reports Shirkou Moarefi, an Iranian-Kurd political prisoner, will be executed on May 1. » read more

UN Human Rights Council approves special rapporteur on Iran

The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to appoint a special human rights investigator on Iran for the first time in 10 years. » read more

Iran intelligence minister defends Norooz celebrations

Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi says Iran can use the international celebration of Norooz to work toward tong-term goals. » read more

Iranian commander says IRGC economic activities legitimate

Commander Mohammadreza Yazdi, deputy of the Revolutionary Guards’ legal affairs, said the economic activities of the Guards are carried out according to the Supreme Leader's orders and there are no ambiguities in them. » read more


Mana Neyestani

Grandson of late Isalmic Republic leader condemns arrest of opposition leaders

Yasser Khomeini, grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini, late founder of the Islamic Republic, condemned the house arrest of Iranian opposition leaders, MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, calling it “unacceptable.” » read more

Iran's Revolutionary Guards condemn Norooz celebrations in Persepolis

Controversy over the celebration of Norooz, the Iranian New Year, at the site of Persepolis in Shiraz continues to divide the Islamic Republic establishment, causing extreme internal tension in the upper echelons of power. » read more

Two children's rights activists arrested in Kerman

In the final days leading up to Iranian New Year on March 20, two children’s rights activists were arrested in Kerman. » read more

Supreme Leader slams Obama's Norooz message to Iranians

Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader attacked US policies in the region and countered Obama’s Norooz message to Iranian people saying “Death to America!” is what Iranians always chant in their demonstrations. » read more

Norooz celebrations in Afghanistan

Despite warnings from Taliban forces, Afghanistan celebrated Norooz and the New Year all across the country today, albeit under strict security. » read more

Bahrain monarch says "foreign plot" failed in his country

Bahrain’s monarch Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said today that a "foreign plot" against his kingdom has been foiled, and he thanked his Sunni neighbours for sending troops to subdue weeks of unrest. » read more

Iran sets exorbitant bail for student activist

After spending seven months in jail, Ali Jamali, the executive member of alumni student organization Danesh Amoukhtegan, was released for a three-day furlough after posting an exorbitant $400,000 in bail. » read more

Obama addresses Iranian youth in Norooz message

U.S. President Barack Obama has reached out to Iranian youth on Norooz, the Iranian New Year, expressing his solidarity with them. » read more

Some political prisoners temporarily released for Iranian New Year

At the threshold of Iranian New Year, Iranian authorities granted temporary leaves to a number of political prisoners to spend Norooz with their families. » read more

Bahrain dismisses Iranian charge d'affaires

Bahrain has dismissed the charge d'affaires of Iranian embassy from Bahrain, Al-Arabiah reports. » read more

Iranian New Year Celebration

Mana Neyestani

Ebrahim Yazdi released by Islamic Republic

Ebrahim Yazdi, the secretary general of the Iranian reformist party Freedom Movement, was released from detention by Islamic Republic authorities this morning. » read more

Dutch MPs call for release of Iranian Baha'i leaders

The Dutch Parliament has sent a letter to the Islamic Republic Parliament urging Iran to release seven detained Baha’i community leaders who have received a confirmed sentence of 20 years in prison from the Iranian judiciary. » read more

Opposition leader's son visits parents under house arrest

Mehdi Karroubi’s son announced that he has succeeded in visiting his parents in “in coordination with security forces” who have held them under house arrest for over three weeks. » read more

Iranian election protester attacked in Paris

Political activist Ebrahim Mahtari, who fled Iran after he had been detained for protesting the presidential election result, was attacked in Paris by two unidentified assailants. » read more

Four years in jail for Iranian human rights activist

Kaveh Ghassemi Kermanshahi, an Iranian journalist and human rights activist, has been given a confirmed sentence of four years in prison by the Iranian judiciary. » read more

Iran releases a number of political prisoners

While most political prisoners will spend Iranian New Year behind bars, Iranian authorities have released a number of political prisoners in advance of Norooz, the Iranian New Year celebrations. » read more


Mana Neyestani

Rights group wants deaths in Iranian prison investigated

Amnesty International wants an independent investigation of the conflict at Qezel Hessar Prison on Tuesday night which led to death of at least 14 inmates and left many more injured. » read more

Iran executes 10 more prisoners in Mashhad

Ten more prisoners were secretly executed yesterday in Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad, says the International Campaign for Human Rights, citing reliable sources. » read more

Iranian protests against Bahrain and Saudi Arabia

A group of seminarians and foreign students in Iran demonstrated in front of Bahrain Embassy in Iran to protest the massacre of Shiite Bahrainis. » read more

Iran allows visit with opposition leader under house arrest

A member of the clergy has finally been allowed to visit opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi and his wife, more than three weeks into their house arrest, according to the couple’s son. » read more

Iran releases two jailed journalists

Nazanin Khosravani and Mahsa Amrabadi, two jailed Iranian journalists were released by Iranian authorities. » read more

Families of Iranian detainees subjected to insult and abuse

The relatives of recent Iranian detainees are being repeatedly insulted and at times even beaten by Iranian security forces, according to human rights reporters in Iran. » read more

Iran to expedite execution sentences

The head of Iran’s Supreme Court has announced that confirmed execution sentences issued by the penal court will now be processed by the Supreme Court in less than 10 days. » read more

Conflicting reports on number of Iranian detainees

Iranian security officials have issued contradictory statements regarding people detained at Chaharshanbeh Souri, the fire festival celebrated last night in Iran. » read more

By the Way, Where Is Moses?

Mana Neyestani

Iranian judiciary denies political prisoners New Year leave

The Iranian judiciary is denying political prisoners the leave customarily given to prisoners for Norooz, the Iranian New Year that begins on the first day of spring. » read more

Iran urges Bahrain to refrain from violence

Foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has called on the government of Bahrain to refrain from violence when responding to the “peaceful demands” of protesters there. The Iranian spokesman also advised Bahrain to stop foreign countries from interfering in its internal affairs. » read more

UN concern over rights violations in Iran

The UN Secretary General has expressed great concern over the rise in human rights violations in Iran.

Crackdowns on opponents, the arrest of bloggers and lawyers and allegations of torture and unfair trials are rife, Ban Ki-moon told the human rights council meeting in Geneva on Monday. » read more

Jordanian monarch's trip to Iran cancelled

Iranian MP, Hamid Resai has announced that the King of Jordan’s visit to Iran has been cancelled. “In view of the current critical situation,” he said, “the Jordanian Abdullah’s trip to Tehran did not meet the approval of senior Islamic Republic officials.” » read more

Controversy over possible trip of Jordanian King to Iran

Iranian lawmakers have reacted negatively to a possible visit from the King of Jordan, announcing that if the trip takes place, the foreign minister will be called to account by parliament. » read more

Mohseni Ejei says depth of protests in Iran unexpected

Iran’s former intelligence minister Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei says his ministry had been well aware that a “sedition” was coming but was caught off-guard by its depth. » read more

Iranian journalist sentenced to six years in prison

Abdolreza Tajik, an Iranian journalist and human rights activist, has been sentenced to six years in prison for "membership in illegal groups" and "propaganda against the regime." The Human Rights Reporters Committee reports that Tajik was officially sentenced yesterday. » read more

Authorities warn Iranians against mixing celebrations with protests

Iranian authorities are warning families to keep their children from mixing Chaharshanbeh Souri celebrations with political protests. » read more

Iranian labour protests taken to President's office

A group of workers gathered in front of the president’s office in Tehran to protest against non-payment of wages.

The workers of Kian Tyre told Khabar online that they have not received wages since September, and a five-million-dollar budget allocated for workers demands has not been paid out. » read more

Iranian opposition leaders allowed a visit with children

Children of Iranian opposition leaders, MirHosein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard, reported that they were finally allowed to visit their parents on Tuesday, 22 days after the opposition leaders were put under strict house arrest. » read more

Iranian activist awarded Theodor Haecker prize

Shiva Nazar-Ahari, a persecuted Iranian human rights activist, has been awarded the Theodor Haecker prize for her courageous internet reporting on human rights violations. » read more

Islamic Republic arrests several Baha'is

A number of Iranian Baha’is in Bam, Kerman and Tehran have been arrested, Bam’s prosecutor general announced.

Mohammadreza Sanjari told ISNA that the arrests were the result of nine months of “intelligence gathering” that led to the suspects being identified and arrested. » read more


Mana Neyestani

Opposition website reports lights seen at Karroubi home

Members of Mehdi Karroubi’s family reported that for the first time in 18 days, a light has been turned on at their parents’ home. » read more

Iran's Supreme Leader condemns "public vilification in political sphere"

In a meeting with members of the Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, condemned “immoral behaviour” and “vilification” in the country’s political sphere, and urged his supporters to stop such behaviour. » read more

Iran's Assembly fo Experts calls for prosecution of opposition leaders

Iran’s Assembly of Experts issued a statement calling for the prosecution and punishment of “the leaders of sedition,” which is how the Islamic Republic refers to MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the Iranian opposition leaders currently under house arrest. » read more

Iranian jailed labour activist in need of immediate medical care

Mansour Osanlou, the jailed Iranian labour activist, is suffering from three blocked veins in his heart and needs immediate medical care, his sister, Fereshteh Osanlou told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. » read more

Ebrahim Yazdi to stand trial on March 13

Ebrahim Yazdi, the octogenarian Iranian political prisoner and secretary general of the reformist party Freedom Movement of Iran, will stand trial on Sunday March 13. He will face charges of “activities against national security, propaganda against the Islamic Republic and establishment of the Freedom Movement,” Al-Arabiah reports. » read more

Hashemi says leader wants extremists stopped

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic wants extremists to be dealt with firmly, says Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the head of Iran’s the Expediency Council. He made the comments to some 60 members of the Assembly of Experts who visited him Tuesday night after he stepped down from the chairmanship of the Assembly, ISNA reports. » read more

False news of Hashemi's death put on hacked government sites

A day after Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani stepped down from the chairmanship of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, someone hacked into two official websites and published false reports that the moderate cleric had died. » read more

Tehran prosecutor says opposition leaders at their homes

Tehran’s prosecutor denied once again today that Iranian opposition leaders are under arrest, adding that the opposition movement in Iran has been defeated. » read more

Heavy security deployment in Tehran on day of protest

On International Women's Day, Tehran's streets are reportedly filled with security forces preventing people from gathering for anti-government protests. » read more

Opposition website confirms Mousavi and Rahnavard under house arrest

After days of conflicting reports regarding the whereabouts of MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi and their wives Zahra Rahnavard and Fatemeh Karroubi, Kaleme opposition website is reporting that its investigation has found that Mousavi and Rahnavard are in their home under house arrest. » read more

Mahdavi Kani replaces Rafsanjani as head of Iran's Assembly of Expert

Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani replaced Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani as the head of Iran’s Assembly of Experts today after Hashemi,  a moderate cleric that has been targetted with hardliner attacks for his alignment with the opposition, withdrew his candidacy. » read more

Zahra Rahnavard, Fatemeh Karroubi: challenging the image of "women in the shadow"

These days there is much discussion of two women who, in a departure from the usual treatment of the wives of jailed political activists, are kept prisoner along with their spouses in an unknown place. Two women who played particular roles in the various levels of the protest that developed following allegations of fraud in the presidential elections. » read more

Labour protests in Shiraz

Workers from the Shiraz Meat Industrial Complex gathered in protest in front of the governor’s office today, a move that coincided with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s trip to Shiraz for the launch of new industrial projects. » read more

Iranian opposition calls for UN assistance to release leaders

The Coordination Council for the Green Path of Hope has written to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, urging him to make every effort to encourage the release of the two Iranian opposition leaders and their wives, who have been held incommunicado by Islamic Republic security forces since February 14. » read more

To Pull Out a Decayed Tooth

Mana Neyestani

Senior judicial expert condemns actions of Iranian government

Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili, a senior and influential member of the Iranian clergy, has come out with a strong statement condemning immoral government actions, saying he is moved to defend Islam and the Islamic regime. » read more

Labour protests in Tabriz and Tehran

More than 1,800 construction workers at Tabriz Petrochemical Complex have been staging labour protests since Thursday March 3, while in Tehran, hundreds of workers reach their fifth day of protests at Kian Tyre factory. » read more

Women's rights activists announce March 8 day of protest

A group of Iranian women's rights activists have announced that Tuesday, March 8, the International Women's Day, will be a "day of protest" against gender inequality. » read more

Iranian intelligence ministry to adopt "more agressive" approach

Iran’s intelligence minister says the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei is instructing his ministry to take a more aggressive approach in dealing with “the enemies and intelligence agencies.” » read more

Iran Revolutionary Guards warn of possible "bloodshed" in furture elections

A senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned the establishment that if the ninth parliament is not “healthy”, the coming year may be a year of “bloodshed.” » read more

Iranian opposition calls for protests on International Women's Day

Iran’s opposition coalition, the Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope, has called on people to join next Tuesday’s protests for women’s rights on International Women’s Day. » read more

Iranian cleric says house arrest for Mousavi and Karroubi protection

The leader of Friday Mass prayers in Mashhad accused opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi of treason, telling worshippers that their house arrest is for their own protection. » read more

Hashemi resigns from Tehran subway management

Mohsen Hashemi has resigned as director of the Tehran subway system, citing a lack of government co-operation. » read more

Opposition brands Islamic Republic authorities with "fear and mendacity"

Iran’s opposition says government denials regarding the arrest of the Iranian opposition leaders reveal the state’s fear. » read more

Iranian judiciary wants number of prisoners reduced

Iranian judiciary and prison authorities have expressed concern over the surge in the number of prisoners and called on Iranian prosecutors to reduce the number of arrests.

Iran's Prosecutor Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei told a gathering of prosecutors yesterday: "I ask that while firmly dealing with dangerous criminals, prosecutors pay attention that those who need not be imprisoned are not detained." » read more

Attempts to visit Iranian opposition leaders denied

The children of MirHosein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard issued a new statement today describing their latest unsuccessful attempt to see their parents at their home and their growing concern for their well-being. Last night they found no evidence of their parents continued presence there. » read more

The Female Christ

Mana Neyestani

Rights groups to file complaint for "disappearance" of Iranian opposition leaders

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI) have issued a joint statement warning that the “disappearance” of Iran’s opposition leader would have consequences.

The two rights groups indicate they are taking measures to file a complaint with the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (UNWSEID) on behalf of MirHosein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and their spouses Zahra Rahnavard and Fatemeh Karroubi. » read more

Ebadi calls for Iranian protests for equal rights on International Women's Day

The Iranian Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi says Iranians fighting for equal gender rights will take to the streets on March 8, International Women's Day. » read more

Iranian judiciary condemns attacks against Hashemi family

The head of the Iranian judiciary has condemned the recent attacks against Ayatollah Heshemi Rafsanjani and his family, and warned that the judiciary will not tolerate such actions. » read more

Iranian election protester handed 17 years in prison

Iranian political prisoner Farah Vazehan has been handed a 17-year prison sentence and exiled to Rejaisharh Prison in Karaj by the Islamic Republic court, following the Supreme Court’s overturning of her death sentence. » read more

Iranian parliament accuses opposition leaders of treason

Iran’s special parliamentary committee examining the protests of February 14 protests said today that those events were “Israeli, American, British, anti-Revolutionary and treasonous." » read more

Tehran prosecutor denies protests and arrests

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi announced there were no “special arrests” yesterday, despite numerous reports on opposition websites about the widespread arrest of protester. » read more

Iran arrests hundreds of protesters

Iranian human rights websites report that hundreds of demonstrators were arrested yesterday when street protests broke out across the country. » read more

Iranian protesters encounter fierce violence from government forces

An Iranian opposition website reports that Islamic Republic security forces are using unprecedented violence against protesters in Tehran and other major cities. » read more

Iranian protesters demand release of opposition leaders

Iranian protesters gathered in decentralized gatherings today in Tehran and other major cities calling for the release of the opposition leaders, Mousavi and Karroubi. » read more

Iran says fate of opposition leaders internal matter

A spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry today called the arrest of opposition leaders an internal matter, saying no foreign country has the right to interfere. » read more

Conflicting news regarding Iranian opposition leaders

The children of opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi insist that all evidence suggests their parents have been arrested, despite repeated denials from Iranian authorities. » read more

Rooftop shouts of protest reported from Tehran

Iranians started shouts of protest from their rooftops after nightfall on Monday in Tehran and other major cities, Kaleme website reports. » read more