Monday, January 28, 2008


While chanting anti-government slogans, more than one thousand students of Tehran University dormitory (Kouye Daneshgah) rush into Amirabad Street and clashed with the special guard force during their demonstration. The special guard suppressive forces beat the students and arrested a number of them. Based on received report the demonstration started at Kouye Daneshgah. First, the protesting students staged a hunger strike and threw out their food; then gathered at front gate of Kouye Daneshgah and chanted slogans against Ahmadinejad and other mullahs’ regime’s leaders.The suppressive agents of State Security Force (SSF) closed the main gate and prevented the students to exit; but the angry students overcame the agents and rushed into Amirabad Street and demonstrated there. The mullahs’ regime sent the Special Guard forces to that place and the protesiting students clashed with them. The students, whose number exceeded one thousand, continued their demonstration, during which a number of them were severely beaten by the Special Guard. According to news more than 1500 students were outside again on Sunday chanting anti government slogans. They clashed with the security forces and a number of students were injured or arrested.

Italian Human Rights Committee Condemns Death Sentences in Iran
The head of human rights committee of the Italian Parliament described the human rights condition in Iran highly critical and said Iranian regime is using death sentence and executions to create the atmosphere of fear and horror and to silence its opponents, Radio Farda reported on Sunday.The head of Human Rights Committee of the Italian Parliament who made a trip last week to Iran, referring to extensive violation of human rights in Iran after saying these kind of visits had been fruitless and vain, said: ' In Iran, contrary to other countries that try to reduce the number of death sentences, the number of people executed in Iran last year increased %100.He also said: “We told Iranian officials that the death sentences issued for two Kurdish journalists Adnan Hassanpour and Hiva Boutimar who at the most were members of a political organization is unacceptable.”

Adnkronos International reported on Jan 25th that the Iranian authorities are looking at new restrictions that will create different school textbooks for boys and girls. Ali Reza Ali Ahmadi, responsible to the interim public education minister, told a seminar on textbooks, there was a need to provide students with books according to "the requirements of age and sex" to satisfy their particular needs. "The spiritual, physical, and mental needs of boys and girls are not identical, and therefore textbooks that give them information cannot be the same," Ali Ahmadi told the seminar.

Reuters reported on Friday that proposed new United Nations sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program call for travel bans and asset freezes for specific Iranian officials and vigilance on all banks in Iran, according to a draft text. The text of "elements" of a third round of sanctions, obtained by Reuters on Friday, was agreed by Britain, France, Germany, the United States, Russia and China and will be the basis of a resolution intended for the Security Council to pass in the next few weeks.The foreign ministers of the five permanent Security Council members and Germany agreed on the outline in Berlin on Tuesday and their text was circulated on Friday to the 10 non permanent council members. Western countries say Iran's refusal to stop enriching uranium is behind their suspicion that Tehran is seeking nuclear weapons. "It's a strong draft proposal which demonstrates the continuity of the approach of the international community," French Ambassador to the United Nations Jean-Maurice Ripert said in a statement. "We are sending a very clear signal to Iran and we are increasing the pressure on Iran," he said. "Iran must respect its obligations." The proposal says the resolution will demand again that Iran halt enrichment immediately and will include a list of specific individuals whose travel should be restricted and assets frozen. Their names were not immediately available.The draft says they are individuals linked to "Iran's proliferation sensitive activities or for the development of nuclear weapon delivery systems ... (or) procurement of the prohibited items, goods, equipment, materials or technology." Among the specific measures, the proposal "calls upon states to exercise vigilance over the activities of financial institutions ... with all banks domiciled in Iran."As expected, it says countries should be especially vigilant regarding two large Iranian banks -- Bank Melli and Bank Saderat -- though it does not ban transactions with them as the four Western powers had wanted. The proposal also urges countries to inspect cargo going into and coming out of Iran if they are suspicious of its contents and to be cautious about granting export credits or guarantees to companies doing business there. The proposal says the council wants a report within 90 days on whether Iran has suspended enrichment from Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the U.N.'s Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. It says the aim of such talks, which would only begin once Iran halted enrichment, would be a resolution of the standoff "which would allow for the development of all-round relations and wider cooperation with Iran based on mutual respect."