HRANA News Agency – The United States sanctioned 17 Iranian individuals and entities for their alleged roles in the Iranian government’s human rights abuses and support of terrorism, the Treasury and State departments announced Thursday.
HRANA News Agency – Iran’s cyber police replied to the family of Satar Beheshti, Iranian blogger: “He died in the detainee’s house”.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), “When Satar’s brother-in-low went to follow his case, authorities told him, tomorrow come to Kahrizak Morgue, to give his body.” one of his relatives told HRANA’s reporter.
HRANA News Agency – Security forces attacked the memorial session of Farahnaz Dargahi, Arash Sadeghi’s mother in “Saraye Ghalam” on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM and arrested several activists.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), in this attack, Mahdieh Golru, Ghasem Sho’leh Sa’di, Akbar Amini, Pezhman Zafarmand, Mohamad Parsi, Mehdi Khaz’ali and several attendees were arrested and transferred to an unknown place.
Farahnaz Dargahi, the mother of student activist Arash Sadeghi suffered a stroke after security forces raided his home just days after he was temporarily released from prison. His mother passed away four days later in hospital.
Arash Sadeghi is a member of the central council of the Islamic Association of Allameh Tabataba’i University who was arrested during the aftermath of the fraudulent 2009 presidential election. He was temporarily released after more than eighteen months in prison. His mother suffered a stroke a few days into his release after security forces raided his home at 4 O’clock in the morning without any verbal or written notice prior to the raid.
Sadeghi was sentenced to a six-year jail term and received another three-year suspended prison sentence after being tried in court after the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president. While in prison Sadeghi’s shoulder was dislocated twice and he received a broken tooth during his interrogations.
Sadeghi is a member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front (Mosharekat) and a master’s student in philosophy at Allameh Tabataba’i University.
HRANA News Agency – The authorities of the Islamic Azad University of Karaj have intensified the security environment by the beginning of the academic year.
HRANA News Agency – Negar Haeri, daughter of political prisoner Mashallah Haeri was arrested by security forces in Iran.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), during last week, Negar Haeri was arrested by security forces for following the case of his father and his bad health situation in Rajai Shar Prison. She also had been detained for this reason last year.
Ahmed Shaheed’s third report: Rights activists beaten, raped/ About 670 people were executed in Iran in 2011, 223 in First Five Months of 2012
HRANA News Agency – United Nations: Human rights activists in Iran are subjected to beatings with batons, mock hangings, rape, sleep deprivation, and threats that family members will be raped or killed, about 670 people were executed in Iran in 2011, 223 People in First Five Months of 2012. the UN rights investigator said in a report released on Thursday.
Statement by the spokesperson of the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on reports of the imminent execution of Iranian prisoner Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani
HRANA News Agency – The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:
“The High Representative is deeply concerned about reports that the execution of Iranian prisoner Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani may be imminent. She appeals for clemency and urges that the sentence be commuted. His death sentence contravenes Iran’s international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The EU holds a strong and principled position against the death penalty. The High Representative restates her call on Iran to halt all pending executions and to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty.”
HRANA News Agency – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Iranian authorities to immediately free seven jailed teachers and to end the harassment of dozens of others.
(Beirut) – Iranian authorities should immediately free seven teachers who are behind bars solely for speaking out against the government. Iran should also end harassment of dozens of others teachers who are facing charges or who have already served time in prison on national-security-related charges. Human Rights Watch issued the call on World Teachers Day as part of a joint campaign initiated by Iranian and other international rights groups to highlight the plight of teachers who criticize the government.
The U.N. human rights deeply worried of Iran’s cracking down on human rights activists, lawyers and journalists
HRANA News Agency – GENEVA — The UN human rights agency on Tuesday voiced deep concern over the arrest and imprisonment of a number of prominent human rights and political activists, lawyers and journalists in Iran over the past two weeks.
HRANA News Agency – The first phase of Iran’s national Internet project has already been launched in the country’s government departments. Activists fear it’s a step toward cutting the population off from the World Wide Web.
In the past few days, several Iranian officials have mentioned the imminent launch of “our own Internet,” or what has previously been described as the “Halal Internet.”
Reza Taghipour, Iran’s information and communications minister, announced last week that the first phase of this nationwide project, which covers governmental institutions in 29 provinces, was set to launch on September 21. Taghipour said all Iranian universities would become part of this network by early 2013, putting Iran a step closer to disconnecting itself entirely from the global Internet.
As the news spread, government officials also announced that Iran was blocking access to Google and Gmail in reaction to the US-made anti-Islam film that has triggered protests across the Muslim world in recent weeks.
Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, an Iranian official from the online censorship department, claimed the decision had been made because of request from the censorship committee.
“We received the written announcement from the Internet censorship committee this morning,” Mohammad, a software engineer living in Tehran, told DW earlier this week. “The committee described it as an act against YouTube, but YouTube was already filtered out several months ago.”
Human rights organizations and Internet activists believe the move marks the beginning of the end for digital freedom in Iran. But Iranian officials deny this, insisting the project will work side by side with the global Internet to “improve its speed and quality.”
“Pulling out of the global Internet is like a self-imposed sanction. It’s not logical,” said Mohammad Soleimani, the former communications minister, in an interview with the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) last week.
“There is no clear, detailed information about Iran’s national Internet project,” Amin Sabeti, a London-based Iranian blog researcher, told DW. “But I do not think Iran has the necessary infrastructure to completely cut Iranian Internet users’ access to the Internet.” But, he adds that Iranian censorship authorities can sometimes do the unexpected, such as the decision to block Google and Gmail.
Many of the official statements coming out of Iran have been worrying. Two months ago, the Communications Ministry claimed that “in 95 percent of cases you don’t need a connection to the international network to use the Internet.” Meanwhile, many Iranian officials have said a “Halal Internet” is the best way to protect “religious and national values.”
Nearly 5 million websites, including social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter, are already blocked in Iran, and the country is ranked fourth in a list of the world’s most censored countries compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists – after Eritrea, North Korea and Syria.