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Weekly Digest Monday 3 May 2010

Weekly Digest Monday 3 May 2010
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Student Information Center (SIC)

Newsletter Issue 203 - Monday May 3rd, 2010

--Efforts focused at increasing non-violent civil disobedience in the society.
--Allah o Akbar during the nights
--Writing slogans on the walls and bills
--Being out in the streets on Thursdays
--Attending Labor's Day Demonstration

--BBC: Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the opposition leaders have urged all reformist groups to obtain protest permits for June 22nd, to mark the one year anniversary of the post-elections protests. During their meeting, they emphasized the constitutional right of the Iranian people to rally.

--BBC: Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi released statements commemorating Worker's day. On this occasion, they urged all workers and teachers to join the struggle for freedom.

--JRS: In honor of Worker's day and Iranian Teachers day, a group of political prisoners announced their solidarity with Iranian workers and teachers by going on a hunger strike. They also criticized current regime policy that has left many without their rights, with unemployment and no retirement insurance.

--Kalameh: It is reported that Ahmadinejad visited Tehran University campus last Saturday for an unannounced speech. The student body was not informed of his visit to the campus but it is reported that as soon as it was revealed that he was present at the University, student gathered outside the hall where he was giving his speecha nd protested his presence.

--Radio Farda: Security and judicial pressure continues to increase on Iranian human rights activists and teachers. Two member of the Teacher Trade association were summoned ot the Intelligence ministry last week and subsequently arrested.

--BBC: ENI, a large Italian oil company has announced that it is canceling its operation in Iran because of US embargo pressures. According to officials of ENI, Italy's share in Iran's oil production in 2009 was equivalent to 35 thousand barrels per day.

--Radio Farda: Based on the latest situation report from Freedom House press freedom in the world, Iran ranks at 187 for freedom of press. It is only ahead of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, North Korea. Iran is now notably worse than Burma. In 2008, Iran ranked 181 ahead of China and Rwanda.

--Radio Farda: Zahra Rahnavard, wife of Mir Hossein Mousavi, has asked the Islamic Republic authorities to free all prisoners and to hold free and democratic elections for the country.

--BBC: A special commission has requested that two reformist parties (The participation front and the Revolution Mujahedeen Organization) be resolved. In response to these political moves, the leaders of these parties have stated that they will continue their legal political activity.

--Radio Farda: After nearly a year since the post-elections unrest, Jamshid Ansari, member of Fraction of Imam's line party has stated that despite was was initially claimed, no investigative body was formed to investigate the brutal events that took place in the Tehran University dorm. It was reported that 5 students lost their lives after the Basij raided the dorms last summer.

--JRS: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran published a statement on Tuesday where it expressed concerns over the death penalties given to protesters arrested after the post-elections events last year. They also demanded a halt of these political executions. According to this organization, at least 11 protesters have so far been sentenced to death.

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