Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told his Minister of Justice not to implement the 100-percent increase in the price of blood money requested by the judiciary.
ILNA reports that the judiciary had set June 6 as the date for implementing the increase in blood money. “Diyeh” or blood money is part of the Islamic Penal code and refers to the compensation assessed against an assailant when he kills or maims a victim. » read more
In the past month, the Iranian media has been awash with news of the first blinding-by-acid sentence issued by the Iranian judiciary. Majid Movahedi, an Iranian man, was convicted of throwing acid on the face of Amaneh Bahrami, an Iranian woman who rejected his marriage proposal. Bahrami was left blind in both eyes and severely disfigured by the attack and her assailant has been in prison for the past seven years. » read more
Jailed Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been hauled before the disciplinary tribunal of Iran’s Bar Association, after the judiciary called for the cancellation of her lawyer’s permit. » read more
Female political prisoners in the quarantine section of Iran’s Evin Prison have issued a letter for Iranian Women’s Day, saying they have suffered repeated sexual threats by their interrogators. » read more
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came under more fire today from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Supreme Leader’s representative at the Corps. » read more
Iran’s Minister of Intelligence Heydar Moslehi is once again contending that Osama bin Laden was not killed by U.S. forces but in fact had died from disease some time ago. » read more
Akabar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the head of Iran’s Expediency Council, says the establishment must make every effort to rebuild the people’s trust in elections. » read more
Iranian political prisoner Mostafa Tajzadeh has finally been allowed to be taken to hospital after repeated demands by his family. » read more
The son of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi reports that his father has not been allowed to leave his home once during his 100-day house arrest. » read more
The Iranian parliament has approved a plan to investigate why the government distributed funds to people prior to the 2009 presidential election, under the pretext of paying interest on Edalat (fairness) shares. » read more
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran says 70 people have been executed at Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad in the past two and half months. » read more
A number of prominent Muslim figures in the U.S. have called on Iran’s Supreme Leader to release Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, the two Americans detained in Iran since summer of 2009. » read more
Ghorban Behzadiannejad, the chief aide to Iranian opposition leader MirHosein Mousavi, was recalled to Evin prison just one day after former president Mohammad Khatami urged the Islamic Republic establishment to move toward a national reconciliation by releasing all political prisoners. » read more
Iran is planning to impose sanctions against 26 US officials for “human rights violation”, an Iranian MP announced yesterday.
Kazem Jalali, a spokesman for the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said yesterday: “Twenty-six US officials who have committed human rights violations across the world, such as in Iraq and Afghanistan, and supported terrorism and engaged in drug smuggling, will be sanctioned by the Islamic Republic." » read more
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami marked Iranian Women’s Day today by calling for the release of all political prisoners. » read more
Iranian security forces have shut down a science and research centre operated by the Bahai’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) at Iran’s Open University and arrested a number of its staff and faculty members. » read more
150 professors from the humanities departments of Iran’s Allameh Tabatabai University are to be fired or forced into early retirement. » read more
Amaneh Bahrami, the Iranian woman who was blinded in an acid attack by a spurned suitor seven years ago, has requested a delay in the blinding sentence of her assailant, Majid Movahedi. » read more
Iranian hardliner Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda has called on people to confront and stop violations of Islamic dress code in public. » read more
Iranian security forces have agreed to allow opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi and his wife, who have been under house arrest since February, to move to another location, media sources close to the opposition leader report. » read more
Iranian executive vice-president Hamid Baghai has been suspended from public service for four years in yet another blow to embattled president Mahmoud Ahamdinejad. » read more
In another indication of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s shrinking support in the Islamic Republic establishment, Iran’s Guardian Council, which is charged with guarding the constitution, announced today that the president cannot act as caretaker of the oil ministry, Fars news agency reports. » read more
Iran will reduce the number of students enrolled in humanities programs at universities across the country, the Ministry of Science and Technology has announced. » read more
Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has announced that convicted assailant Majid Movahedi has not yet been blinded by acid only because certain “medical arrangements” must be made before the sentence is carried out. » read more
Iran’s Supreme Court has approved the execution sentence for political prisoner Habibollah Latifi, the Campaign to End Capital Punishment in Iran reports. » read more
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami is urging the Islamic Republic leadership and the people to forgive each other and reach out to each other for the sake of the country's future. » read more
Mohammad Nourizad, the persecuted Iranian journalist and filmmaker who was recently released from prison, has called on Iran's Supreme Leader to rule that each day a prisoner spends in solitary confinement will shave 10 days from his or her sentence. » read more
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed caretakers for the ministries of industry and social affairs in a move that has been interpreted as acquiescence to parliamentary demands. » read more
Senior Shiite cleric Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi has publicly blasted the behaviour of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, calling his actions unnatural. » read more
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reportedly dismissed three ministers without seeking the prior approval of Parliament, despite earlier reports in the Iranian media that Ahamdienjad had agreed to obey Parliament’s demands around ministry mergers. » read more
Four people found guilty of drug offenses were hanged today in the Iranian province of Kerman, ISNA reports, after the judiciary refused to commute their sentences.
They were charged with possession of between four to eight kilos of heroin or crack.
This is Iran’s second round of drug-related executions this week. On Tuesday, eight people were hanged in Orumiyeh and Miandoab in northwestern Iran for drug-related offenses.
The number of executions in Iran has surged dramatically in the past year, following the controversial presidential elections of 2009. » read more
Iranian media report that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ended his dispute with Parliament and accepted its decision over the merging of ministries according to Ahamd Tavakoli. » read more
Iranian daily Rouzegar reports that Amaneh Bahrami, a victim of acid throwing has said that for 2 million euros she will forego the sentence of “eyes for eyes” issued for her assailant. » read more
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran is calling for the immediate release of Homa (Dorothy) Parvaz, the Al Jazeera reporter who was deported to Iran by the Syrian government. » read more
Mehdi Mahmoudian, the Iranian political prisoner who had written a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader about the prevalence of sexual abuse in Rejai Shahr Prison has been reportedly transferred to solitary confinement. » read more
Women’s rights activist Maryam Bahreman was arrested yesterday in Shiraz.
Kaleme website reports that Iranian security forces arrived with an arrest warrant at Bahreman’s home and spent three hours searching and confiscating books, documents and a computer before finally arresting her for “activities against national security.” » read more
Ahmadinejad administration received another blow from the Guardian Council today when Ahmad Jannati announced that the merging of ministries cannot be carried out without approval of the parliament. » read more
Iran says it is prepared to resume nuclear talks with Europe, so long as the renewed co-operation is based on “respect for the rights of all nations” and “avoids any pressures.” » read more
Iran’s dire prison conditions are being highlighted in the media due to recently released reports of sexual harassment and critically poor sanitation. » read more
Iranian authorities have announced that “morality police” will hit city streets in greater numbers this summer to confront violations of the Islamic dress code and other public transgressions. » read more
The Principalists, the chief conservative faction of the Iranian establishment, have organized a group to prevent any possible “illegal” interference in next year’s parliamentary election by the government. » read more
More than 200 Iranian social and political activists have issued an announcement condemning the “illegal arrest” of Alireza Rejai, a senior member of Iran’s National Religious Council and the Iranian Journalists Association. » read more
A proposed Ministry of Youth and Sports, which has been a point of contention between the president and the Supreme Leader, will now be established, according to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s deputy for Development and Human Power. » read more
Iran's Ministry of Science says the course content of 36 university programs has been altered for the academic year that starts this fall. » read more
Homa Parvaz, an Al Jazeera correspondent of Iranian descent, has been in the custody of Syrian security forces since April 29. Aftab news agency reports that Parvaz left Qatar for Syria on April 29 to cover the recent unrest. She was detained at the Damascus international airport upon arrival. » read more
After senior reformist figure Behzad Nabavi was returned to prison following medical treatment, Islamic Republic security forces raided his home and confiscated a series of documents, writings and his computer. » read more
A lawyer for three Americans who were detained in Iran in summer of 2009 for illegal entry says he is “hopeful” the court will finally issue a verdict next week, despite reports that Sarah Shourd, the one defendent which was released on bail and returned to the US, will not attend the trial set for May 11.
Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were detained in the border regions of Iran and Iraq in the summer of 2009 for illegally entering Iranian territory. » read more
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s dispute with parliament has intensified with the possibility that the Supreme Leader may once again intervene in one of the president’s decisions. » read more
Iran’s minister of health has denied recent reports that medical services are being withheld from patients who can’t pay for them. » read more
Iran has announced its support for Syrian government reforms and once more cited foreign interference as the cause of unrest in that country. » read more
Human Rights Watch wants the Iranian judiciary to commute the death sentence of Shirkooh Moarefi and call off his execution. » read more
The trials of the three Americans charged with espionage and illegal entry into Iran may be delayed once more due to the absence of one of the accused, a defence lawyer reports. » read more
The European socialist parties have called for the release of Iranian opposition leaders MirHosien Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi and all Iranian political prisoners. » read more
In an apparent show of capitulation to the desicions of the Supreme Leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad finally attended a cabinet meeting today after over a week of absence from official duties.
Earlier Iranian media reported that the president will chair a cabinet meeting today after a nine-day boycott of all official activities. IRNA cited a knowledgeable source to report the afternoon cabinet session will be convened and chaired by Ahmadinejad. » read more
German Police have arrested a 19-year-old German-Iranian man and two Moroccans suspected of planning a terrorist operation in German territory. » read more