Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Weekly Digest Wednesday June 2nd, 2010

Weekly Digest Wednesday June 2nd, 2010
Message from

Student Information Center (SIC)

Newsletter Issue 214 - Wednesday June 2nd, 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

--Deutsche Welle: The International Campaign for Human Rights has published a report where it has named 15 Iranian judicial, military and media personalities as responsible for the brutal repression of protesters and the opposition. This document reports on the atrocities committed in Kahrizak detention center and reports that at least 48 people died during the street protests. The full text of this report is jointed to this newsletter in Farsi. The English text can be found at . A summary report can be found here:

--Radio Farda: Khamenei has accepted to pardon 81 of those who were arrested after the presidential elections unrest based on their statement of regret.

--Jaras: Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have asked the authorities for the permission to hold a rally this month to mark the one year anniversary of last years pos-elections unrest. This letter, also supported by various reformist and activist fractions has asked for the constitutional right to rally for the anniversary.

--Jaras: Monday marked the Iranian women's day. This day was celebrated with the presence of many women's rights activists as well as families of political prisoners, and families of those who were killed in the recent events. Zahra Rahnavard delivered the main speech at this event.

--Radio Farda: Mr. Mousavi, as well as Mr. Khatami, reformist leaders, both condemned the actions of Israel against the convoy in Gaza.

--BBC: Iranian foreign minister presented himself in the German parliament to discuss the relationship between the two countries. His convoy's presence however was met with anger from protesters who tried to blockade him from entering the building. Protesters who held pictures of Neda (who died during the street protests last year) condemned the actions of Iranian authorities. This confrontation resulted in some commotion at the German parliament.

--Radio Farda: A few female students have been expelled from Tehran's Allameh Tabatabai University on charges of "disrespecting the religious dress code". While the exact number is not known, some University authorities said that this number was higher than 20 people and this was due to improper wearing of the headscarf. These students will be banned from attending university for 1 to 2 semesters.

--Green Path: Mahboobeh Khansari and Azam Vismeh, two female journalists who had been associated with reformist media were arrested last week. The police also attempted to arrest several youth reformist activists by going to their homes. But because they were not present, they were unable to arrest them. It is speculated that the number of arrests of activists and journalists is on the rise because of the upcomign anniversary of the unrest.

--Radio Farda: Alireza Shokoufandeh (also known as Dariush Shokouf), an Iranian filmmaker residing in Germany, has been missing for the past few days. The 55 year old film maker has made a movie about Iranian prisons. Mr. Shokouf was a vocal opponent of the Iranian regime and had staged hunger strikes to condemn the actions of Ahmadinejad.

--Jaras: On the eve of the anniversary of the death of Kianoush Asa, a student who was killed during the protests last year, hundreds of University of Science and Technology students gathered on Tuesday on their campus. Students were seen wearing black and holding green signs. Videos from the protest are attached to this newsletter.

--Rahana: Maryam Akbari Monfared, a house wife and the mother of three young children, was sentenced to ten years in prison for participating in post-elections protests. Several of her family members were political prisoners in the 80s, four of whom were executed. She had spent several months in solitary confinement in prison but is now in the public ward.

--Radio Farda: Ali Reza Beheshti Shirazi, Senior advisor to Mir Hossein Mousavi who was arrested last December still remains in Jail. He is now transferred to Evin prison.

--Rahana: Arash Noori has been sentenced to 6 years in prison and 74 lashes.

--Rahana: Ali Arshadi, PhD student, has been charged with acting against national security by participating in protests and has been sentenced to 1 year in prison.

--Kalameh: Mehdi Bootaraby, a blogger, was released on bail.

--BBC: The physical conditions of Koohyar Goodarzi and Majid Tavakoli have deteriorated since they started their hunger strike in prison. Mr. Goodarzi had to receive medical treatment as the result of his hunger strike. Majid Tavakoli's mother has also joined the hunger strike. However, since Monday, this hunger strike ended and Majid has been moved out of solitary confinement.

--Rahana: Zia Nabavi, A student activist and spokesperson for the Council to defend the right to education has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

--Student News: Bahram Cheginy, pro-Mousavi campaign activist from Arak, has been spending the last two weeks at a detention center.

--Rahana: Anushirvan Lotfi's mother has been banned from organizing ceremonies which mark the one year anniversary of the death of her son.

--Rahana: Rassool Bodaghi, political activist, has been severely beaten while in prison.

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