Sunday, June 05, 2011


Iranian regime forced frees Osanlou temporarily

After mounting international and domestic pressures, the Iranian regime has finally released political prisoner Mansour Osanlou, according to Iran Khabar. Mr. Osanlou, who was arrested four years ago and sent to Gohardasht prison, was freed on bail on Thursday. He is the head of the Tehran Bus Union and a workers’ activist. His arrest in 2007 came on charges of “acting against the security of the establishment” and he was sentenced to five years in prison. Mr. Osanlou was subjected to torture and abuse by the regime’s agents while in prison after which he faced severe heart complications. His arrest sparked international protests particularly by workers’ syndicates around the world. His sister said in an interview that Mr. Osanloo is on leave, despite the fact that we were told he was freed.

Haleh Sahabi was murdered, doctor says

According to National council of Resistance of Iran, a female political activist who was recently killed in Iran while attending her father’s funeral died as a result of a ruptured spleen, according to a doctor familiar with her injuries. The doctor, who examined the body of Haleh Sahabi at the hospital she was transferred to, said, “Haleh Sahabi was murdered and did not die of natural causes.” The doctor rejected the Iranian regime’s claims that she died of a “heart attack” and added, “She probably died as a result of ruptured spleen and internal bleeding.” If she was taken to a hospital and operated on earlier, her life would have been saved, the doctor said.
The Iranian regime’s agents refused to take the body to the coroner to determine the exact cause of death and forced her family to bury the body immediately on the night of the killing. Ms. Sahabi died earlier this week after she was reportedly beaten by Iranian regime security forces at her father’s funeral. A number of eyewitnesses, including her uncle, have said that the regime’s forces violently attacked her and struck her in the chest and her sides, after which she fell down unconscious.

Elderly mother of political prisoner dies after hearing situation of her son

The mother of a political prisoner in Iran has died immediately after hearing that her imprisoned son is in bad physical shape during a hunger strike. According to Hrana news agency, Rasoul Bodaqi, a political prisoner at the Gohardasht prison, had launched a hunger strike in protest to ill treatment of political prisoners. He lost consciousness during the strike. When his mother heard the news, she had a heart attack and died. Mr. Bodaqi, a teacher and member of the governing board of the Iran Teachers Association, lost consciousness after he was dehydrated and transferred to the prison clinic. His elderly mother heard the news and when Iranian regime agents refused to allow her to meet her son, she had a heart attack and died several hours later in hospital.

(photo: Ottawa Sun)

Yesterday June 4th at the National Art center in Ottawa, an event organized by the Iranian embassy launched its event called: “Iran the land of Glory”. The Ottawa Sun worte: The National Arts Centre in Ottawa is under fire for hosting an event put on by what critics say is a front organization for the Embassy of Iran. NAC spokeswoman Rosemary Thompson said the centre understood the complaints over the artifacts and art show, but its hands were tied. We certainly sympathize with their concern but there was nothing that prevented this event from taking place," she said, noting Iran Culture had simply rented the room and the NAC wasn't selling tickets or promoting the show. "It's really important to note the NAC did not sponsor the event.” A spokesman for Heritage Minister James Moore highlighted that Iran's disregard for human rights and freedom of expression raised questions about the NAC, which gets 50% of its funding from the federal government. The NAC needs to explain why it elected to hold this event," James Maunder said.