Blogger Rojin Mohammadi Arrested Upon Arrival

HRANA News Agency – Blogger Rojin Mohammadi was arrested after returning to Iran and was then transferred to Evin Prison.Rojin Mohammadi is a medical student at the University of Manila (UM) in Philippines.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on November 14, 2011, Rojin Mohammadi flew from Istanbul to Tehran.Upon arriving at the airport, she was arrested by Iranian security agents and taken to Evin Prison.

Rojin Mohammadi was released on bail after being detained for 24 hours.Five days later, on November 19, 2011, security agents raided her father’s house in Kermanshah in order to arrest her again.However, since she was not home at the time of the raid, the police failed to take her into custody.

On November 21, 2011, Rojin Mohammadi was summoned by phone to Shahid Moghadasi Court in Evin Prison, and her personal belongings including a computer were confiscated.She was interrogated for 3 consecutive days and finally arrested again on November 23, 2011 and locked up behind bars in Evin Prison.

So far, Iranian officials have not announced the reason for this arrest or the charges against Rojin Mohammadi.Furthermore, the exact location of the arrest and the length of detention aren’t precisely known.

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Satellite Dishes Confiscated in Salmas County

HRANA News Agency – In an attempt to confiscate and collect all satellite dishes, Iranian security and police forces have harassed citizens throughout Salmas County and the surrounding areas in West Azerbaijan Province.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Iranian security forces in Salmas County have been entering homes without legal warrants, invading citizens’ privacy and harassing them for over a month.Additionally, a number of citizens have been arrested for owning a satellite dish and sentenced to one month in prison while others have been forced to pay cash fines ranging from $100 to $1,000.


During the first six months of the year, nine and half centuries of imprisonments and 8 death sentence judgments have been issued.

During the first six months of the year,  nine and half centuries of imprisonments and 8 death sentence judgments have been issued.
During the first six months of the year, the judicial system of the Islamic Republic of  Iran  has issued more than nine and one half centuries of jail punishments for 290 political and civil activists  in different areas,  and has issued or confirmed eight (8) execution orders.
According to the reports by statistics unit,  of  publishing and writings of  Iranian Human Rights  Activists , the different branches of revolutionary courts (preliminary) collectively  have issued four and half centuries of imprisonments for 189 individuals.  In addition to these sentencing,   2 individuals have been sentenced to death.

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11 Years in Prison and Exile for Masoumeh Yavari and Zahra Jabari

May 22, 2010

HRANA – On Wednesday, May 19, Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court announced the sentences issued for Masoumeh Yavari and Zahra Jabari.

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Blogger Bahnam Darvishan Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

HRANA News Agency – Blogger Bahnam Darvishan was sentenced to three years in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Qazvin.He was arrested on November 21, 2010 by IRGC security forces and has been banned from having any visitors for the last eight months.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), a number of plain clothes officers raided Bahnam Darvishan’s family house on November 21, 2010 and confiscated his personal belongings such as subsidy checks, books, notes and CDs.He was arrested and locked up in a solitary confinement in IRGC Intelligence Agency’s detention center.Following his family’s repeated pleas and appeals, he was allowed to call his family last week.During this brief phone call, Bahnam Darvishan informed his family that he was suffering from a respiratory disease acquired in prison.

Iranian judicial officers have told Bahnam Darvishan’s family that he has been charged with propaganda against the regime and connections with the opposition groups abroad.Citing articles 498 and 500 from Islamic Criminal Law, the Qazvin Province Revolutionary Court, Branch 2, sentenced Bahnam Darvishan to three years in prison.

After Bahnam Darvishan’s incarceration, Iranian intelligence agents also attempted to arrest two of his colleagues.On November 21, 2010, Ali Shafi was detained, and a computer and several CDs were seized from his house.Ali Shafi’s whereabouts and current condition are not known.

Families of Bahnam Darvishan and Ali Shafi have been placed under tremendous pressure in order to prevent them from disseminating any news of these prisoners.


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Student Activist Mohammad Amin-Alizadeh Still in Prison

HRANA News Agency – Student activist Mohammad Amin-Alizadeh who was arrested on Wednesday, June 25, 2011, is still in prison while no charges have been filed against him.At the time of his abduction by Iranian Intelligence Agency, Mohammad Amin-Alizadeh was in his final semester studying sociology at Esfahan University.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), although twenty three days have passed since Mohammad Amin-Alizadeh was detained, his family has not been given any information about him.Despite his family’s repeated inquires and follow-ups, Iranian government officials refuse to provide any answers to Mohammad Amin-Alizadeh’s family and have denied his parents the right to see their child.

Eyewitnesses have reported that Mohammad Amin-Alizadeh was arrested by plain clothes agents on June 25, 2011.Mohammad Amin-Alizadeh is a Kurdish student and the editor of Chia Student Publication at Esfahan University.


Journalist Hassan Fathi Arrested

HRANA News Agency – Journalist Hassan Fathi was arrested by Iranian security forces for being affiliated with BBC Persian.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the Fars state media released the news of Hassan Fathi’s arrest.This journalist has been detained after interviewing with BBC Persian a few days ago.Hassan Fathi has been charge with publishing falsehoods and inciting public opinion.

Fars News Agency reported, “BBC Persian has contacted Hassan Fathi in Tehran during the last few days.According to the available information, Hassan Fathi is affiliated with BBC Persian and works as a reporter for this illegal news media.”

It must be noted that BBC Persian doesn’t have an office in Tehran and doesn’t employ any Iranian journalists inside the country.

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Internet Cafés Required to Log User ID

HRANA News Agency – Iran’s new Chief of Police for Public Places, Colonel Khalil Halali, has taken steps towards monitoring internet users in cyber cafés.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on the recommendation of the Iranian Cyber Security Police, a new memorandum has been issued by the Department of Public Places to the Audio and Video Trade Union and the Guild of Cyber Café Owners requiring them to install closed circuit cameras in their shops and to document all identification belonging to a customer using the internet.

Based on the instruction given in this memo, a registration log for the cost of $15.00 will be provided to each business.Cyber café owners must record an internet user’s personal identification information such as his full name, date of birth and national ID number.Additionally, the date and time when the user accessed the system must also be logged.


Militaristic Atmosphere Reported in Tehran for June 20th Anniversary

HRANA- A militaristic atmosphere was reported in Tehran for the one year anniversary of one the bloodiest days of protesting after last years presidential elections.

There was a heavy presence of plain clothed agents and security forces all over the city including Fatemi Square, Vali Asr St., Enghelab Square, 15 Khordad metro center, and Darvaze Dowlat metro center.

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Singer Arya Aramnejad Arrested

HRANA News Agency – Arya Aramnejad, young songwriter and singer, was arrested a few hours ago when five intelligence agents in Mazandaran Province raided his house.

According to a report by Gooya News, Arya Aramnejad had gone to the city of Sari, the capital of Mazandaran Province, in order to appear in front of the Appeals Court handling his conviction.Upon returning home, he was arrested on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 and taken to an unknown location.

During this raid, Ayra Aramnejad was beaten and battered by intelligence agents from Babol County and then handcuffed.Intelligence agents also searched his house and seized the singer’s handwritten notes, documents, computer and other personal belongings