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