Aug 2010

Call for release of Iranian detainee, Shiva Nazar-Ahari

Chairwoman of European Parliament's Subcommittee in Human Rights issued a statement calling for the immediate release of Iranian human rights activists, Shiva Nazar-Ahari.

Foreign minister defends Iran's human rights track

Iran’s foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki defended the human rights situation in Iran in an interview with Spiegel.

Afghanistan continues to experience fatal attacks

In four separate incidents, three international aid workers, three Kabul court staff and seven American soldiers were killed in different regions of Afghanistan.

Iranian opposition leader's home swarmed

Websites close to Mehdi Karroubi report that a number of plain clothes forces have surrounded the opposition leader's house and are increasing in numbers.

One fifth of Iran's workforce unemployed

One in every five person in Iran’s workforce is unemployed according to recent estimates by economic experts.

Controversial articles of Iran's family protection bill to be reviewed

Iranian parliament has decided to send the controversial articles 22, 23 and 24 of the family protection bill to its Legal and Judicial Commission for further review.

Mother of Iranian post-election victim appeals to international bodies

Hajar Rostami, mother of Iranian post-election victim Neda Agha-Soltan, appealed to international human rights organizations and tribunals to identify the murderer of her daughter.

Karroubi insists Iran's presidential elections were rigged

Mehdi Karroubi, Iranian opposition leader once more confirmed his contention that the “election fraud was widespread” in the last presidential elections.

Rights groups condemn stoning and mass executions in Iran

The International Federation of Human Rights and the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran issued a statement to condemn the stoning of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and the alleged secret mass execution of prisoners in Mashhad’s Vakilabad Prison.

Afghan parliamentary candidates targeted by Taliban

In two separate incidents, an Afghan parliamentary candidate and five members of another candidate’s campaign office were killed in Herat Province which borders Iran.

Berlin will host Iranian student gathering

Iranian student groups in Europe are to gather in Free University of Berlin in October 2010 at a conference entitled: “dialogue.”

Iran condemns international interference in its judcial affairs

Iranian judiciary’s human rights headquarters condemned the international community for taking a stance against the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani “without access to reliable sources.”

3 dead and 40 injured in Iran earthquake

Three people were killed and 40 injured in an earthquake that shook Semnan Province in Northern Iran last night.

Iran prevents annual ceremony for executed political prisoners

Islamic Republic security forces prevented families of political prisoners from observing the 22nd anniversary of the mass execution of political prisoners in Iranian prisons.

Two Iranian political prisoners exiled

Hamed Rouhinejad and Ahmad Karimi, two Iranian political prisoners were taken to Zanjan and Gonbad Qaboos prisons to serve out their prison terms in exile, Herana reports.

Iran banking chief says assets removed from Europe

Mahmoud Bahmani, head of Iran’s Central Bank announced that Iran’s bank assets have all been transferred from Europe.

Iranian women condemn "regressive" articles of family legislation

Head of Iran’s Society of Progressive Muslim Women called an emergency meeting to discuss the controversial Family Protection bill which is currently passing through Iranian parliament.

Controversy over story of Iranian post-election victim

Two Iranian journalists, who fled Iran after the disputed presidential elections of 2009, issued a statement to identify themselves as the first reporters of the controversial news about the arrest and rape of Taraneh Mousavi.

Iran proposes joint nuclear fuel production with Russia

Head of Iran’s atomic agency announced that Iran has asked Russia to transform the production of fuel for Iran’s newly-launched Bushehr Nuclear Plant into a joint project that could supply similar facilities with fuel in the future.

Wives of seven Iranian reformists pursue complaint

In a letter to the head of the judiciary, wives of the seven Iranian reformist leaders announced that they will pursue their husbands’ complaint regarding the “illegal interference” of the Revolutionary Guards in the elections.