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April 2011

Iranian intelligence summons labour activists before May Day

Labour activists in Sanandaj, the capital of the northwestern province of Kurdistan, have been called before the ministry of intelligence in the lead-up to International Worker's Day. » read more

Iran says all but 100 Camp Ashraf residents are pardoned

Iran’s ambassador to Iraq announced that “all members of Camp Ashraf are pardoned, except for 100 people who have pending judiciary files.” Hassan Danaifar told ISNA that “other members of Camp Ashraf are free to return to our dear country or travel wherever they wish.” » read more

Ahmadinejad rebuked over his chief of staff

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came under attack today from the Supreme Leader’s deputy representative to the Revolutionary Guards, the latest sign of the dispute between the Iranian president and factions representing Ayatollah Khamenei. » read more

Iranian MP criticizes prison conditions

The Iranian parliament heard harsh criticism today about the state of prisons in Iran. Younes Mousavi, a member of parliament’s judicial commission, told parliament prisons are so overcrowded that some prisoners are obliged to sleep in stairways. » read more

Fatemeh Karroubi says oppsotion leaders denied basic detainee rights

During a brief release from house arrest, Fatemeh Karroubi managed to speak to Saham News about the ordeal she shares with her husband, opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi before being put under arrest again. » read more

No news of detained Iranian journalist

The family of detained Iranian journalist Alireza Rejai has been kept in the dark regarding his situation. » read more

Iranian labour groups say government policies burdern workers

Islamic Republic labour polices and the removal of government subsidies for energy and food staples is making it hard for Iranian workers to make ends meet, labour organizations say. » read more

Iranian journalist protests against sentences with hunger strike

Fatemeh Maleki, the wife of detained Iranian journalist Mohammad Nourizad, has expressed grave concern for her husband, who has been on hunger strike since last month. » read more

Reporters Without Borders condemns arrest of Iranian lawyer and journalist

Reporters Without Borders spoke out against the arrests of Iranian human rights lawyer Mohammad Seifzadeh and journalist Alireza Reaji. » read more

William Tell's Iron Apple

Mana Neyestani

Cabinet convenes without Ahmadinejad for second time

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has missed a second cabinet meeting since his dispute with the Supreme Leader over the contested resignation of the minister of intelligence. » read more

Iran summons Bahrain charge d'affaires

Iran has summoned Bahrain's charge d'affaires in reaction to the expulsion of a senior Iranian diplomat from Manama. » read more

Iranian MPs call for impeachment of Ahmadinejad

Twelve Iranian MPs have called for the impeachment of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for numerous violations of laws approved by parliament. » read more

Dissident cleric condemns sentences against his students

Dissident Iranian cleric Ayatollah Dastgheib is speaking out against the judiciary for handing his students such harsh sentences. » read more

Reformist group urges resistance against political arrests in Iran

The Iranian opposition says the house arrest of opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi and their wives must not become accepted as an ordinary practice in Iran. » read more

The Art of Decorating

Mana Neyestani

Bahrain expels senior Iranian diplomat

Bahrain has expelled a senior Iranian diplomat, intensifying tensions between the Island monarchy and neighbouring Iran. » read more

Iran announces discovery of new cyber attack

Iran says it has discovered “a new computer virus aimed at espionage" in the alleged cyberwar with its enemies. » read more

Iranian labour activists to face trial

As International Workers’ Day approaches, the Islamic Republic judiciary has announced the trial dates for a number of detained members of Tehran’s Vahed public transit drivers union. » read more

Concern for life of detained Iranian rights lawyer

Mohammad Seifzadeh, an Iranian lawyer detained two weeks ago, is under severe pressure from the Islamic Republic authorities and his life is in danger, according to his attorney. » read more

Their Own Fight

Mana Neyestani

Iranian teachers summoned by Islamic Republic authorities

A number of teachers in Hamadan have been summoned by Iranian authorities in advance of next week’s Iranian Day of the Teacher. » read more

Fatemeh Karroubi released from house arrest for a medical visit

Fatemeh Karroubi was allowed to leave her home, where she is under house arrest with her husband Mehdi Kraroubi, to receive medical treatment. » read more

Iran's Supreme Leader says Islamic Republic not divided

Iran's Supreme Leader is playing down the “recent affairs regarding the ministry of intelligence” and condemning attempts by foreign media to paint a picture of a divided Islamic Republic establishment. » read more

Obama accuses Syria of seeking Iranian assitance to crush protests

U.S. president Barack Obama accused Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad of a “brutal” crackdown on his people and for “seeking Iranian assistance in repressing Syria's citizens through the same brutal tactics that have been used by his Iranian allies. » read more

Conservative Iranian MP says elections can't be healthy

A conservative Iranian MP has expressed doubt regarding next year’s parliamentary elections and accused government of "illegal" practices.

Set for March 2012, it is the first national vote since the controversial 2009 presidential elections that sparked mass protests due to allegations of vote fraud.

MP Nurollah Heydari told Khabar-on-line: “When a section of the government, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, acts against the law, how can we trust that it will carry out healthy elections?” » read more

Reporters Without Borders condemn "crackdown" on Iran's Arab community

Reporters Without Borders has condemned last week’s “crackdown” on anti-government protests in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, accusing the Islamic Republic of enforcing a news blackout around these demonstrations. » read more

Kurdistan officials say Wahabis responsible for recent attacks

Kurdistan’s intelligence office reports that perpetrators of Thursday’s hostage-taking incident near Sanandaj was “linked to Wahabi groups connected to foreign elements and world arrogance.” » read more

Delays in launch of nuclear plant criticized by Iranian parliament

A parliamentary committee says the Islamic Republic would probably have been better off building a new nuclear power plant from scratch, instead of constantly trying to finish construction of the decades-old Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant. » read more

Another armed conflict in northwestern Iran

An armed conflict between unidentified kidnappers and Iranian security forces turned deadly yesterday in Hassanabad Township near Sanandaj. » read more

8 members of Arab People's Organization arrested in Iran

The Islamic Republic has arrested eight members of the Arab People's Organization in southwestern Iran following days of anti-government protests in Khuzestan. » read more

Websites supporting Ahmadinejad filtered in Iran

At least four Iranian websites known to support Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have been filtered by the Islamic Republic Internet Filtering Commission.

Dowlatyar, Mahramaneh News, Bakeri-on-line and Rahva were hacked into after the controversial resignation and reinstatement of the intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi. The episode, which revealed a rift between the president and the Supreme Leader, has still not been reported on the president's official website. » read more

Iran prosecutor criticizes Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came under criticism today from Iran's prosecutor and judiciary spokesman. According to Mehr News Agency, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei told a gathering in Lorestan Province that the president's recent moves regarding the minister of intelligence are “inexplicable.” » read more

Iran concerned about US-Afghan treaties

Iran has expressed concern about Afghanistan’s strategic agreements with the U.S., the Afghan deputy foreign minister announced. » read more

Iran and Bahrain exchange threats of embassy closure

Iran said it will definitely close the Bahraini embassy in Tehran, if Bahrain follows through with recent musings to close the Iranian embassy in Manama. » read more

Iranian commander warns against new forms of "sedition"

The head of Iran's Basij militia has described the latest mass protests against the Islamic Republic government as “a deep sedition” and warns that future seditions will be more difficult to recognize. » read more

Kuwait confirms expulsion of Iranian diplomats

Kuwait's foreign minister announced that Islamic Republic diplomats have been expelled from the country. » read more

Iranian hostages in Afghanistan released

The Iranian and Afghan crew of a road construction company abducted in western Afghanistan earlier this week by the Taliban have been released, according to Associated Press. » read more

Iranian leader backs intelligence minister

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the Iranian parliament have confirmed that Heydar Moslehi remains in his post as intelligence minister, after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad approved his resignation on Sunday. » read more

Makers of controversial film pursued in Iran

Tehran’s Prosecutor has announced that the makers of the controversial film Appearance Is Near are being legally pursued in Iran and that there are no hunger strikes in Iranian prisons. Iranian media report that the prosecutor discussed both subjects. » read more

Head of parliament files complaint against Ahmadinejad

Ali Larijani, the head of Iran’s parliament, has filed an official complaint with the judiciary against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government for failing to establish a ministry of sports. » read more

Holy Man

Mana Neyestani

Iranian human rights lawyer serves out his sentence

Jailed Iranian lawyer Mohammad Oliayifar was released today after serving his one-year sentence. » read more

One Iranian hostage escapes captives in Afghanistan

One of the Iranian engineers kidnapped yesterday has escaped his captives and reached security forces, officials in western Afghanistan have announced. » read more

Iranian journalist sentenced to six years in jail

Iranian journalist, Nazanin Khosravani has been sentenced to six years in prison by Iran's Revolutionary court in the preliminary hearing. » read more

Iranian engineers kidnapped by Taliban in Afghanistan

Eleven Iranian engineers were among 13 road construction employees taken captive by Taliban forces in western Afghanistan. » read more

Ebadi draws UN attention to crackdown on protests in Ahvaz

Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on the United Nation’s High Commissioner of Human Rights to acknowledge recent events in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz. » read more

Contradicting reports about resignation of intelligence minister

While a number of Iranian news agencies reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has overruled the resignation of Heydar Moslehi as Minister fo Intelligence, the official website of the Iranian government still carried the news that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has approved the resignation of Moslehi. » read more

Iran intelligence announces arrest of Jundallah cell

A cell of the militant Sunni group Jundallah has been exposed in Zahedan, according to the Intelligence department of Sisitan-Baluchistan Province in Southeast Iran. » read more

Iran's Supreme Leader rejects resignation of intelligence minister

Two hours after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accpeted the resignation of his Minister of Intelligence Heydar Moslehi, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei overturned the decision. » read more

Iranian minister of intelligence resigns

Iran's Minister of Intelligence, Heydar Moslehi resigned from his position today without announcing the reasons for this action. » read more

IRNA journalist arrested by Kurdistan intelligence

A reporter for the Iranian state new agency IRNA has been arrested in southwestern city of Sanandaj. IRNA reports that Manouchehr Tamri was arrested by “six unidentified individuals” in Sanandaj. “These individuals inspected Tamir’s home and confiscated his computer and laptop without providing any IDs,” IRNA writes. » read more

Iranian parliamentary elections set for next March

Iran’s next parliamentary elections are set for March 2, 2012, the interior ministry has announced. The parliament also passed a law today requiring that parliamentary candidacy be restricted to people with e post-graduate degrees. Former MPs are exempted from this condition. » read more

Former Iranian president criticizes continued crackdown on opposition

Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami spoke out against the continued detainment of opposition figures and protesters, and criticized the government for failing to resolve the “extraordinary situation” of the past two years. » read more

Waiting for the Moon

Mana Neyestani

Two sound bomb explosions in Iranian southwestern city

Two sound-bomb explosions have been reported in the northwestern city of Sanandaj in Iran’s Kurdistan Province. » read more

Ayatollah Rafsanajni criticized by Iranian leader's representative

Iranian Supreme Leader’s representative in the Revolutionary Guards expressed concern regarding the political stance of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council. » read more

Rights lawyer and 2 physicians arrested in Bahrain

Bahrain Security forces have arrested a human rights lawyer and two physicians according to Associated Press. » read more

US senators want Ahmadinejad branded as rights abuser

Four American senators have called on U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to impose sanctions against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a human rights abuser. » read more

European-Iranian Commercial Bank may go under German sanctions

European-Iranian Commercial Bank (Eihbank) may come under European Union sanctions soon, a German daily reports. The Süddeutsche Zeitung daily reports that Germany has stopped its objections to imposing sanctions against the Europäisch-Iranische Handelsbank.

According to the reports German economy, treasury and foreign ministries have finally come to agreement over boycotting this bank. » read more

Iran calls for UN intervention in Bahrain

Iran is calling for immediate UN intervention in Bahrain to “end the massacre of the people of Bahrain.” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi sent a letter to the UN Secretary General and Security Council urging immediate action. » read more

UN confirms 34 killed at Iranian dissident camp in Iraq

The UN has confirmed that at least 34 people were killed last Saturday in the attack on Camp Ashraf, the Iraqi settlement inhabited by a dissident Iranian group. » read more

EU imposes sanctions on 32 Islamic Republic officials

The European Union has frozen the assets of 32 Iranian officials for violating human rights in Iran, announcing that they are also barred from tavelling to Europe. » read more

Iranian cleric warns against effects of rising inflation

Iranian senior cleric Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani has spoken out against “rising inflation and costs” in Iran. » read more

Iranian actor faces proceedings at Revolutionary Court

Iranian actor, Ramin Parchami, who was arrested during the anti-government protests of February 14, was taken to court today, Wednesday April 14. » read more

Iranian nuclear power plant to start refueling

The head of the Bushehr Nuclear Plant said fuel injection into the head of the reactor has begun once again, after safety concerns stopped a similar attempt last November. » read more

Don't Get Wet

Mana Neyestani

Iranian parliamnet postpones controversial bill on NGOs

The Iranian Parliament has temporarily shelved a bill that would give the government unprecedented power over non-governmental organizations. MPs had already approved 26 articles of the bill titled “Establishment and supervision of the activities of non-governmental organizations.” » read more

American PEN honours jailed Iranian human rights lawyer

Imprisoned Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh has won the 2011 American PEN Award. » read more

Iranian authorities say Camp Ashraf residents can return to Iran

Dissident Iranians living at Camp Ashraf in Iraq are free to return to Iran, says Hassan Danaifar, the Iranian ambassador to Iraq. » read more

Iranian prisoners on third day of hunger strike

A group of Iranian prisoners is in the third week of hunger strike to protest “dire conditions” in Rejaishahr Prison in Karaj. » read more

Bahrain accuses two Iranian nationals of espionage

Two Iranian nationals and a Bahraini will soon stand trial in Manama charged with spying for the Islamic Republic. » read more

Iran says its nuclear activities not affected by Stuxnet

Iran's representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency says the Stuxnet computer worm that infects industrial software is not a concern to his country's nuclear industry. » read more

Iran warns Saudi Arabia against following "Zionist path"

Iran says Saudi Arabia is caught up in "a sedition" that has been leading it on "the desired path of the Zionist regime." » read more

Is Silence full of the unspoken?

Mana Neyestani

Jailed student activists moved to solitary confinement

Jailed student activists Bahareh Hedayat and Mehdieh Golrou were reportedly moved to solitary confinement in Evin Prison on Saturday. » read more

Rights organizations fear proposed restrictions on Iranian NGOs

Nine international and Iranian human rights organizations, together with Iranian Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, have expressed grave concern over the new Iranian bill aimed at controlling non-government organizations. » read more

Iraq to dismantle Iranian dissident camp by end of 2011

Iraq says it will go ahead with its earlier plan to quash the activities of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran and will close down the settlement of Iranian dissidents, Camp Ashraf, by the end of 2011 » read more

Global film community demands withdrawal of sentneces against Iranian filmmakers

About 17,000 members of the global film community have signed a petition calling on the Islamic Republic Judiciary to cancel the prison sentences of Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammd Rasoulof. » read more

Iran set to remove zeros from national currency

Iran is gearing up to cut three or four zeros from it’s national currency, the rial, according to the minister of economy and treasury. » read more

Iranian MP says Iran must be on military alert

Ruhollah Hosseinian, a conservative Iranian MP says Iran must prepare its military forces to keep Saudi Arabia from approaching its borders. » read more

Iran expels three Kuwaiti diplomats

Tehran expelled three Kuwaiti diplomats today, a reaction to the recent expulsion of three Iranian diplomats from Kuwait. Press TV, Iran’s English-language news service, and Kuwaiti media confirmed the report. » read more

Terrorist groups carried out pipeline explosion: Iranian MP

Iranian MP, Parviz Sarvari says “terrorist groups” are responsible for the explosion of gas pipelines in Qom. » read more

Iranian political prisoner pressured "to make false confession"

Vahid Talayi, a member of MirHosein Mousavi’s election campaign, is reportedly being pressured by his interrogators to confess that he has ties to the People’s Mojahedin Organization, the dissident exile group that the Islamic Republic views as a terrorist group and an archenemy. » read more

Ahmadinejad criticzed for deviation from Islamic path

Iranian MP Ali Motahari has accused Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of "abandoning the ideals” of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, and subscribing to the ideas of his advisor, Rahim Mashai. » read more

Dire conditions of Iranian prison exposed in inmate letter

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran is demanding an end to “secret mass executions and inhumane conditions” in Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad.

The U.S.-based rights group said in a statement that Iran’s judiciary has made no efforts to rectify the “horrific situation” in Vakilabad Prison, where inmates are subjected to “sardine-like overcrowding, health threats, humiliations and mass executions.” » read more

Press rights organization protests against Camp Ashraf news blackout

Reporters Without Borders has condemned the Iraqi government’s “news blackout” imposed on Camp Ashraf, where scores of Iranian exiles were reportedly killed in an attack by government forces. » read more

Iran slams Hariri for recent statements against Iran

Iran attacked Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri today, calling his recent criticism of Iran “unfounded, deceitful and divisive.” » read more

Iran denies charges of sectarianism

Iranian parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani is denying any sectarian motivation behind the Islamic Republic’s support for popular uprisings in the region. » read more

Explosions in three gas pipelines near Qom

Three gas pipelines have exploded in Qom Province, Iranian media report, with no cause yet determined. » read more

Iranian political prisoners announce hunger strike

Political prisoners at Karaj’s Rejaishahr Prison have announced a hunger strike in solidarity with Fakhrosadat Mohtashamipour, who has been going without food at Evin Prison in pursuit of a personal visit with her husband. » read more

Iraqi forces attack Camp Ashraf, settlement of Iranian dissident group

Iraqi officials are denying reports that as many as 28 people were killed this morning during an attack on Camp Ashraf, the Iraqi settlement of Iranian dissident group People’s Mojahedin Organization. » read more

Jailed Iranian journalist awarded UNESCO press freedom prize

Jailed Iranian journalist, Ahmad Zeidabadi has been awarded this year’s UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. » read more

Iran wants to retrieve Mesbah-1 satellite from Italy

The Islamic Republic Space Agency is trying to recover the communications satellite Mesbah-1 from Italy. » read more

Political Philosophy

Mana Neyestani

Iranian man dies after setting himself on fire in Amsterdam

An Iranian man who set himself on fire in Amsterdam yesterday has died of his injuries. » read more

Concern over health of jailed Iranian journalist

Sam Mahmoodi Sarayi, the book review editor at Shargh newspaper, is reportedly in grave physical and mental condition in Evin Prison. » read more

Iranian MPs lash out against Saudi military presence in Bahrain

Two hundred Iranian MPs have issued a statement condemning the presence of Saudi soldiers in Bahrain and calling on Saudi Arabia to use its might against Israel instead. » read more

Conflicting reports on Iran's unemployment rate

Iranian experts on employment and the economy are contesting the government’s official unemployment rate of 10 percent, saying the rate is actually much higher at 17 to 20 percent. » read more

Reformist party calls for political fast in support of Iranian prisoners

Islamic Iran Participation Front is calling on Iranians to join in a political fast on Sunday April 10 to show support for political prisoners in Islamic Republic jails. » read more

European Students' Union calls for release of Iranian student activist

The European Students’ Union (ESU) is calling on the European Commission and UNESCO to pressure Iran for the release of jailed student activist Bahareh Hedayat. » read more

Iranian political prisoners denied visitation rights

Iranian opposition groups report that Tehran’s prosecutor has cut off visitation rights for political prisoners specified in a lsit by interrogators at the intelligence ministry. » read more


Mana Neyestani

Yazdi denies statements attributed to him by Iranian state media

Ebrahim Yazdi, the leader of the Freedom Movement of Iran, has disowned and denied statements attributed to him in an interview published by the state media, IRNA. » read more

Iranian parliament presses Ahmadinejad on establishing sports ministry

Ali Larijani, head of Iranian parliament has called on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to assure the establishment of the ministry of sports and youth. » read more

Rights organizations warn against Iranian bill limiting NGOs

Two human rights organizations are sounding the alarm about a bill before the Iranian parliament that would impose official supervision on non-governmental organizations. » read more

Iranian professor and lawyer dismissed from university position

Mohammad Sharif, the Iranian lawyer and law professor, was dismissed on Tuesday from Tehran’s Allame Tabatabai University. » read more

Two more deaths in Iranian province of Kurdistan

Ebrahim Hosseini, a deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards in the western Iranian province of Kurdistan, has announced that two people from the Selfi group were killed and other were arrested during recent operations in Sanandaj. » read more

Professor Sholeh Saadi arrested by Iranian authorities

Ghassem Sholeh Saadi, a Tehran University professor and former lawmaker, has been arrested by Islamic Republic authorities. » read more

Iran parliament speaker condemns Obama's New Year message

Parliamenteary Speaker Ali Larijani says U.S. President Barack Obama’s New Year’s message to Iranians was “disappointing and ridiculous.” » read more

PJAK claims responsibility for military attack in western Iran

The Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) has claimed responsibility for the recent military attack near the western Iranian city of Marivon. » read more

Arab states of Persian Gulf condemn Iranian "interference"

Arab countries in the Persian Gulf region are expressing grave concern over what they call Iranian interference in their affairs, after Iran spoke out against the presence of Saudi troops in Bahrain. » read more

Revolutionary Guards say gunmen identified and killed

The perpetrators of an armed attack in Sanandaj have been identified and killed, the Commander of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) ground forces announced today. » read more

The Assistant

Mana Neyestani

Iranian intelligence minister condemns arbitrary attacks against officials

Authorities will not tolerate attacks against government officials, Iranian intelligence minister Heydar Moslehi told ISNA. » read more

Iranian state media publishes interview with released reform leader

Ebrahim Yazdi has resigned as secretary general of the Freedom Movement reformist group, according to an interview published by IRNA upon his recent release from prison. » read more

Four border guards killed in western Iran

An armed group attacked a border security station at Marivan in Western Iran, killing four people and wounding several others. » read more

Commemoration service for MirEsmail Mousavi cancelled

The family of Iranian opposition leader MirHosein Mousavi has announced that the service planned to commemorate MirEsmail Mousavi this Sunday has been cancelled. » read more

Jailed Iranian journalist wants to file complaint against interrogators

Mohammad Nourizad, the jailed Iranian journalist and filmmaker, has issued an open letter to Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi urging him to process Nourizad’s complaints against his interrogators and judge. » read more

Iranian political prisoner collapses after hunger strike

Iranian political prisoner, Fakhrosadat Mohtashamipour was transferred to hospital due to health complications arising from days of hunger strike. » read more

Iran speaker of parliament condemns Western intervention in Libya

Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament accused Western countries of merely looking out for their oil and corporate interests in the wave of Arab uprisings. » read more

Senior members of Iranian clergy commiserate with opposition leader

Several senior members of the Iranian clergy have issued condolences for the passing of MirHosein Mousavi’s father, MirEsmail Mousavi. » read more