Further information on UA: 347/09 Index: MDE 13/086/2010 Iran Date: 23 August 2010
Journalist and human rights defender Shiva Nazar Ahari appears to have been charged with moharebeh (enmity with God), which can carry the death penalty. Her next hearing is scheduled for 4 September 2010. She is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for the peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of expression and association.
The Iranian regime’s Ministry of Science has announced that 17 university deans and the heads of three prominent research centers in Iran have been changed, according to the state-run Khabar Online on Monday.
The Iranian regime’s Guardian Council seeks to propose a plan to monitor the actions of the regime’s Majlis (Parliament) deputies during their term as members, according to the state-run Jahan News.
The website said recently, the Majlis Committee on Article 90 has set up a subcommittee to draft a bill to monitor the actions of Majlis members. The draft is at its final stages.
As the incumbent Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, grapples with rising street demonstrations by the Iraqi people against his government, this week, Dr. Ayad Allawi, the leader of the al-Iraqiya coalition, which won a majority in the March parliamentary elections, traveled to Kuwait after meeting with the president and prime minister of Russia in Moscow. Another senior leader of the coalition, Dr. Saleh Mutlak, visited Turkey to hold talks with the country’s president, prime minister and foreign minister.
The commander of the Greater Tehran’s State Security Forces (SSF), Hossein Sajedinia, has said that 1,269 people have been arrested in a week in Tehran. He said the detentions were carried out under the regime’s suppressive pretext of “social security.”
The Iranian regime has executed more than 100 people in the northeastern city of Mashhad in the span of a few months, according to a human rights group on Tuesday.
The International Campaign for Democracy in Iran released a statement citing a “credible source” as saying that each week dozens of people on death row are executed in Vakil-Abad prison in Mashhad. The Iranian regime has hanged many of them on charges of “drug trafficking.”
The Arabic-Islamic Council in Lebanon has condemned the inhumane siege laid against Camp Ashraf, Iraq, by the Baghdad government and called for an end to it.
Camp Ashraf is home to about 3,400 members of the main opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
The mullahs’ Minister of Science has dismissed a prominent university professor who chaired the Post-doctorate Physical Sciences University in the city of Zanjan.
Professor Yousef Sobouti was the founder of the current educational accreditation system in Iran and the architect of a famous observatory in the city of Shiraz. The Abu Reyhan Birouni Observatory, which was built in 1978, is the largest active observatory in Iran.
The Iranian regime’s General Prosecutor on Monday confirmed reports that three judiciary officials linked to the heinous crimes committed at Kahrizak death camp have been suspended from work.
Gholamhossein Ejei added that the case of crimes committed by the regime’s agents at the University of Tehran’s dormitory is also being investigated separately.
The Iranian regime on Sunday tried a political prisoner on the fortieth day of his hunger strike, according to Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran.
Political prisoner Houshang Davoudi was summoned to a court chaired by Salavati.