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July 2011

Ahmadinejad administration under fire in Parliament

Reformist MP Daryoush Ghanbari told Mahmoud Ahamdinejad in Parliament today that under his presidency, the people of Iran have become "in debt or unemployed." » read more

Trial of U.S. detainees resumes in Iran

The trial of two American detainees in Iran resumed today, Sunday July 31, in Tehran, according to Al-Alem Arabic news network. » read more

Bahrami spares her assailant blinding by acid

Amaneh Bahrami, the Iranian woman who was blinded by an acid attack to her face, has halted the ghesas sentence handed to her assailant. » read more

Jailed Iranian journalist receives Hellman-Hammett prize

Jailed Iranian journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi has been awarded the Hellman-Hammett grant for 2011 by Human Rights Watch. » read more

Bombed pipeline back in use

Iran resumed gas exports to Turkey today after repairs were made to the pipeline damaged in yesterday’s explosion. » read more

Gas pipeline explodes near Iran-Turkey border

An explosion at a pipeline in Northwestern Iran has cut off the flow of natural gas to Turkey in that location, Iranian media report. » read more

Bushehr Nuclear Plant start-up on track: Iranian MP

The Chairman of Iranian Parliament's National Security Committee says the Bushehr Nuclear Plant is in the final stage of its launch. » read more

PJAK forces attack Basij base near Sarvabad

PJAK militia forces have attacked a Basij base in Kurdistan, leaving one person dead and four wounded, Iranian media report. » read more

Mount- In Memory of Leila Esfandiari

Mana Neyestani

Iranian prisons are like hotels: Shamghadari

Javad Shamghadari, the deputy chief of cinema at Iran's Ministry of Culture, has said that contrary to reports, the conditions at Iranian prisons are actually very good. » read more

Iraq wants Iran to end artillery attacks

Iraqi Foreign Minister Houshyar Zibari announced yesterday that Iran must stop its artillery attacks on the Kurdish border regions of Iraq. » read more

Iranian minister calls nuclear program unstoppable

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Iran's atomic program has reached a point where it can no longer be stopped or turned back. » read more

Fate of Bushehr Nuclear Plant in doubt

Despite recent statements from Iran’s Foreign Ministry announcing the imminent launch of the Bushehr Nuclear Plant, today the spokesman for Parliament’s energy commission indicated the plant's start-up is not on the horizon. » read more

Iranian Parliament omits controversial family law bill

Parliament has once again delayed consideration of a controversial bill to amend the Family Protection Act, which would give Iranian men the right to multiple marriages without first proving adequate financial resources. » read more

Ahmadinejad nominates four new ministers

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has presented Parliament with his four nominees for ministers of oil, sports, industry and cooperatives. » read more

Iraqi Kurds protest Iran's artillery attacks

A group of Iraqi Kurdish activists and citizens demonstrated today in Arbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government, to decry Iran's artillery attacks in the Iran-Iraq border region. » read more

Iranian Parliament examines rising national crime rates

Some of Iran's most powerful officials are blaming foreign elements and the media for a rising crime rate and a lack of public safety. » read more

Larijani lauds leader's solution to government disputes

Ali Larijani, the head of Iran’s Parliament, today welcomed Ayatollah Khamenei's decision to form a panel to resolve differences and coordinate relations among the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the government. » read more

Iran's attacks on dissident group claim civilian lives

Iran’s shelling in the Iraqi border region has killed or wounded five civilians in the Sidkan. » read more

Former Tehran prosecutor still under investigation: judiciary

The Iranian judiciary announced today that the case against former Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi is still open, and that recently detained actresses Pegah Ahangarani and Marzieh Vafamehr will be released on bail today. » read more

Senior cleric blames police, military for lack of safety

Senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah AliMohammad Dastgheib says security and military forces are creating insecurity in the country, and he accused the judiciary of blindly following their orders. » read more

MP accuses Ahmadinejad of withholding financial data

Iranian MP Ahmad Tavakoli has accused Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of blocking the publication of accurate and timely data on the national economy. » read more

Women's rights activist arrested in Qom

Maryam Bigdeli, an Iranian women's rights activist and a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign to End Discriminatory Laws, has been arrested in Qom to serve out a prison term she has challenged as illegal. » read more

Bloody Friday of Norway

Mana Neyestani

Iran pins assassination on U.S., Israel

Iran’s Parliament and other authorities say the U.S. and Israel had a hand in the assassination of Daryoosh Rezainejad, the graduate student who was killed yesterday in Tehran. » read more

Iranian graduate student assassinated in Tehran

Iranian media report that Daryoosh Rezainejad, the man assassinated earlier today in Tehran, was not a nuclear scientist as earlier suggested, but rather a graduate student in the electronics department of Khajeh Nasireddin Toosi University in Tehran. » read more

Iran condemns presence of PJAK leader in Germany

Iran has summoned the German charge d'affaires in Tehran to protest the fact that Abdolrahman Haj-Ahmadi, the leader of the militant Kurdish group PJAK, is now in Germany. » read more

Iranian schools persist in rejecting Afghan children

Afghan children are still being denied entry into Iranian schools, says Afghan Ministry representative in Iran, despite the recent directive from the president’s office that removed all enrollment restrictions for foreign school-age children without status. » read more

Ahmadinejad proposes IRGC member to lead oil ministry

Rostam Ghassemi, a member of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps and commander of the IRGC Khatam-ol-anbia Construction Camp, is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s choice to run the Ministry of Oil, Iranian media report. » read more

Iranian police official denies national safety crisis

The deputy head of Iran's security forces has announced that Iran’s crime rate has not risen, especially in light of the country’s population growth. » read more

IRGC denies shooting down U.S. drone

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has denied reports that Iranian military forces have shot down a U.S. spy drone near the Fordo nuclear facility, the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reports. » read more

Six IRGC members killed in conflicts with dissident group

A commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and five other Guards members have been killed in the conflict with the Kurdish militant group PJAK, says an Iranian media report. » read more

Ahmadinejad says Iran has taken "a step" toward nuclear talks

In response to the Russian “step by step” plan to revive nuclear talks with Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran has already taken its step by answering IAEA questions. » read more

Books Are Harmful

Mana Neyestani

Iraq demands end to Iranian shelling

Iraq has called on the Islamic Republic to stop shelling in the Iraqi Kurdistan border region. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hooshyar Zibari has pressed his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi, to end the artillery attacks. » read more

U.S. spy drone downed near Qom: Iran

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane in the vicinity of Fordo, its uranium-enrichment plant in the suburbs of Qom, an Iranian MP announced. » read more

Arrest warrant renewed for jailed Iranian actress

Detained Iranian actress and documentary filmmaker Marzieh Vafamehr appeared in court yesterday, where her arrest warrant was renewed for another month. » read more

Former Iranian president calls for release of political prisoners

Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami insists that freeing political prisoners and the opposition leaders could be “an important step toward altering the current harsh situation to the benefit of the regime and the people.” » read more

Iranian Parliament still considering motion to question Ahmadinejad

Mohammdreza Bahonar, the deputy head of Iran’s Parliament, has begun negotiating with the MPs who filed a motion to summon the president for questioning. » read more

Iranian Parliament to examine blacklist of U.S. officials

The proposal to impose sanctions against 26 U.S. officials has been submitted to the Presiding Board of Iran’s Parliament. » read more

Detained publisher threatens hunger strike

Jailed Iranian publisher Mehdi Khazali has told the intelligence officers who arrested him that he will refuse food until he is dead, an opposition website reports. » read more

On- Off

Mana Neyestani

Former president says people entitled to open elections

Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami has reiterated his insistence on open political space for political parties, the release of political prisoners and a commitment to the constitution —all to ensure that all Iranians are full participants in the next parliamentary elections. » read more

IRGC says pursuit of PJAK forces continues

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has announced that the pursuit and punishment of the Kurdish militant group PJAK is still ongoing in the northwestern border region of Iran and Iraq. » read more

Conservative MP backs call to release political prisoners

Iranian conservative MP Ali Motahari says he agrees with former president Mohammad Khatami that political prisoners should be freed. » read more

Iranian journalist summoned to serve out jail sentence

Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, the deputy head of the Iranian Journalists Association and a spokesman for the Press Freedom Society, has been summoned by Iranian prison authorities to serve out his 16-month sentence. » read more

Iran willing to consider Russian nuclear proposal

The Islamic Republic government today indicated it is willing to entertain a proposal from Russia that would see Iran cooperate with international nuclear officials. » read more

Film group to pursue case of detained actresses, director

Iran’s Khaneh Cinema (House of Cinema) has formed a committee to look into what’s happened to members of the Iranian film community who have been arrested. » read more

Iranian authorities arrest government critic again

Mehdi Khazali, an critic of the Islamic Republic and the head of Hayan Publishing, was arrested yesterday and taken to an unknown location, Tahavolesabz website reports. » read more

Iranian actress held for questioning for weeks

Marzieh Vafamehr, the Iranian filmmaker and actress, has been detained by Iranian authorities for over two weeks. » read more

RWB alarmed over health of seven jailed Iranian netizens

Reporters Without Borders is expressing grave concern about the condition of seven jailed Iranian netizens. » read more

Argentina welcomes Iran’s offer to assist in bombing investigation

Argentinean Foreign Minister Hector Timerman has welcomed Iran’s offer to cooperate in the investigation of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Centre in Buenos Aires. » read more


Mana Neyestani

Iranian forces in conflict with PKK in Iraq

Conflicts between Iranian military forces and Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) continued through to Sunday morning in Iraqi territory, said PKK spokesman Ahmad Denise. » read more

Some Iranian political prisoners granted temporary leave

Iranian media report that a number of Iranian political prisoners have been granted temporary leave for a Shiite holiday. » read more

Argentina renews call for Iranians suspected in bombing

An Argentine official is demanding once again that Iran hand over the suspects in a deadly explosion at a Buenos Aires Jewish community centre in 1994. » read more

Rights group calls for release of jailed Iranian activist

Amnesty International has issued a statement calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Maryam Bahreman, an Iranian women’s rights activist in Shiraz. » read more

Iran rejects appointment of UN human rights investigator

Head of Iranian judiciary’s Human Rights Council says any international body that appoints a special human rights rapporteur for Iran is acting illegally. » read more

Iranian Parliament denounces Russian proposal

Three days after Russia proposed a step-by-step plan to restart Iran’s stalled nuclear talks, Iranian Parliament rejected the plan, calling it “a return to the starting point.” » read more

30 hanged at Vakilabad Prison on drug charges

Iranian authorities have hanged another 30 prisoners at Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad on drug-related charges, says the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. » read more

Iranian Intelligence Minister reports infiltration of opposition abroad

Iran’s Minister of Intelligence says his ministry has succeeded in spreading doubt and division among opposition groups. » read more

Authorities confirm arrest of Iranian actress, blogger

Iranian authorities finally confirmed yesterday the arrest of Pegah Ahangarani, the Iranian actress and blogger who had been missing for days. » read more

Germany calls for release of Iranian opposition leaders

Germany’s top human rights official has urged Iranian authorities to release opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. » read more

Jailed Iranian student demands fair trial

Iranian post-graduate student Omid Kokabi has written to the head of Iran’s judiciary to protest his five-month imprisonment and coerced interrogations, and to demand a fair chance to defend himself, Kaleme reports. » read more


Mana Neyestani

Does Iran's Supreme Leader support summoning the president to Parliament?

The proposed questioning of the president is the hot topic in Iranian politics these days, especially among Members of the Islamic Parliament. » read more

Senior conservative cleric renews support for Ahmadinejad

Ultra-conservative cleric Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi announced that he still supports Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, despite the president’s recent disputes with the Islamic Republic’s conservative elite. » read more

Russia proposes graduated plan for nuclear talks with Iran

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Russia has introduced a “step by step” plan to encourage Iran to answer the questions posed by the International Atomic Energy Agency. » read more

Iranian dervishes get jail, flogging

Four Iranian dervishes from Gonabad have been sentenced to six months in prison and 40 lashes for “disturbing public order.” » read more

Ahmadinejad ready for parliamentary questions: MP

An Iranian MP has announced that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ready to respond to any parliamentary questioning, even though the motion to summon him to Parliament essentially has stalled because many sponsoring MPs have withdrawn their signatures. » read more

Moderate cleric renews support for Iranian leader

Head of Iran’s Expediency Council renewed his allegiance to Iran’s Supreme leader saying he knows of no one who could replace the leader of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Khamenei. » read more

Iranian prisoners condemned to gradual death: jailed journalist

In an urgent letter to a United Nations human rights official, jailed Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz has accused Iranian authorities of using harsh prison conditions to slowly kill political prisoners. » read more

They want to kill my son: father of jailed blogger

Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, the father of jailed Iranian blogger, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki is concerned for his son’s failing health and something even worse, saying: “My son’s interrogators had told me earlier in a phone call that they will kill my son and now they are proving their words right.” » read more


Mana Neyestani

Basij leader slams senior reformists

The head of Iran’s Basij militia, Mohammadreza Naghdi, has condemned recent attacks against the Revolutionary Guards, saying those who insult the Corps are “mercenaries and the scum of political hypocrisy.” » read more

Concern mounts for jailed photographer

Detained photojournalist Maryam Majd is suffering from ill health in Evin Prison, says the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, citing a source close to the Majd family. » read more

Iranian authorities block Google+ before official launch

The Google+ social networking site has joined the long list of websites filtered by the Islamic Republic. » read more

More MPs abandon motion to summon Ahmadinejad

Twelve more Iranian MPs have withdrawn their signatures from the motion to question Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Parliament, said Mohammad Hossein Farhangi, a member of the Presiding Board of Parliament. » read more

Iranian physicians group calls for examination of opposition leaders

The Islamic Society of Iranian Physicians says opposition leader MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi must be allowed physical check-ups by independent medical doctors. » read more

Former president accused of "sedition"

Senior Revolutionary Guards officer Yadollah Javani has accused former president Mohammad Khatami of taking part in a “seditious movement” related to the 2009 presidential election. » read more


Mana Neyestani

Motion to question Ahmadinejad cancelled

The motion to question Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Parliament has been halted because 30 MPs have withdrawn their names, IRNA reports, leaving too few MPs in support of the motion to keep it alive. » read more

Iranian blogger gets seven months in prison

In another verdict against an Iranian blogger, the judiciary has sentenced Peyman Roshanzamir to seven months in prison for “insulting the leader.” » read more

Reformists should boycott restrictive elections: Tajzadeh

Senior Iranian reformist Mostafa Tajzadeh says reformists should refrain from participating in any election that is not fully open, as a way of challenging its legitimacy. » read more

Iranian officials hit with further Western sanctions

The U.S., Britain and Canada have imposed new sanctions against a number of Iranians for their connections with Iran’s nuclear program and for human rights violations. » read more

Conservative cleric condemns halt to single-sex classes

Conservative cleric Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi has denounced plans to halt gender segregation to Iranian university classes and the aggressive ousting of professors. » read more

Iranian blogger's life in jeopardy: father

Jailed Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki is suffering a swift decline in his health in Evin Prison, says the man’s father. » read more

Cleric condemns silence of Iranian clergy

A senior Iranian cleric has criticized the Assembly of Experts and top members of the clergy for failing to speak out against government misdeeds. » read more

Ayatollah Khamenei wants probe of irregularities

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has appointed a panel to investigate "legal violations committed by the current administration," according to Hamidreza Tarraghi, a member of the conservative party Motalefeh. » read more

Science Minister halts gender segregation in universities

Iran’s Minister of Science said plans to segregate male and female university students have been halted in accordance with the president’s orders, and no more professors will be retired until new ministry guidelines have been approved. » read more

Senior reformist slams military chief’s statements

Mohammadreza Khatami, a senior Iranian reformist, says the chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) should refrain from threatening politicians.

In a letter to Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Jaffari, the brother of former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami emphasizes that any interference by the IRGC in political matters is contrary to the Path of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic. Khatami accuses the military chief of behaving as if he were leading a “coup d’etat government.” » read more

Mother reveals conditions of opposition house arrest

Opposition figures MirHosein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard both appear to be ill, says Rhanavard’s mother, Navvab Safavi, who recently visited them under house arrest. » read more

Shake My Hand!

Mana Neyestani

Ahmadinejad decries reporting on "illegal ports" statement

The President’s website has accused the media of misrepresenting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by reporting “fragmented and distorted” versions of statements he made about smuggling in a recent television interview. » read more

Ahmadinejad speaks out against gender segregation in universities

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for an end to the “superficial and unwise” policies of “gender segregation” at Iranian universities as well as the “inappropriate retiring” of professors. » read more

Iranian prisoner on hunger strike has family worried

The family of Kamal Sharifi has expressed grave concern over the well-being of the Iranian-Kurdish political prisoner, who has been on a hunger strike for more than 40 days. » read more

Revolutionary Guards commander sets conditions for return of reformists

The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) discussed the potential role of reformists in the coming elections in an interview yesterday. » read more

Government officials resign to run for Parliament

The head of Iran’s Election Headquarters has announced that 52 government officials have handed in their resignations in order to run as candidates in the upcoming parliamentary elections. » read more

German parliamentarian calls for release of Iranian photojournalist

Germany’s parliamentary speaker has written to his Iranian counterpart, Ali Larijani, calling for the immediate release of Iranian sports photojournalist Maryam Majd. » read more

Iranian lawyer summoned to serve sentence

Iranian lawyer Hassan Younesi was summoned today by Evin Prison authorities to serve out his one-year sentence for “propaganda against the regime and assembly and collusion to commit crime.” » read more

Tensions rise in Parliament over bid to question Ahmadinejad

Tehran MP Reza Akrami has countered suggestions that the Supreme Leader opposes a move to summon the president before Parliament for questioning, saying: “The Leader will not oppose something that is in accordance with the law, and it is not appropriate for anyone else to do so.” » read more

Secret hangings at Karaj prison

On Sunday, 25 prisoners were hanged “en masse and in secret” at Ghezelhessar Prison in Karaj for drug-related charges, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports. » read more

Rock Paper Scissors

Mana Neyestani

Families urge Iranian parliament to probe prison conditions

Iranian parliament has been urged to probe into the situation of Iranian prisons and the situation of political prisoners in a letter from prisoners’ families addressed to the parliament’s National Security Commission. » read more

Iran to prosecute 26 U.S. officials

Iran’s Parliament is reviewing a plan to prosecute 26 U.S. officials in absentia in order to later refer them to “competent” international tribunals, the deputy head of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission announced today. » read more

Iran issues 40 death sentences for drug offences

Forty people imprisoned on drug charges have been sentenced to death, says the head of the Justice Department in the northwestern province of Ardebil. » read more

Ahmadinejad’s office fires back at accusers

The Iranian president’s office has announced that accusations against chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashai and the president's executive deputy Hamid Baghai are an attempt to spread false rumours. » read more

Tehran Prosecutor urged to investigate death of political prisoners

A group of Iranian human rights activists and court attorneys has called on the Tehran Prosecutor to investigate the “moving and painful” deaths of Haleh Sahabi and Reza Hoda Saber. » read more

Plan to question Ahmadinejad meets resistance

Iranian MPs have run into a dispute over their plan to question Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, one week after a petition to summon the president to Parliament was presented to the speaker. » read more

Supreme Leader calls Syrian protests a Western conspiracy

Iran’s Supreme Leader has condemned the unrest in Syria as a deviation fomented by the U.S. and Israel against the Beshar Assad government, which stands on the front lines of resistance against Zionism. » read more

Concern over detained Iranian photojournalist

The family of Iranian photojournalist Maryam Majd has expressed concern for her safety after her recent arrest. » read more