Monday, October 10, 2011


Kobra Amir-Khizi, on the verge of blindness in prison
According to National Council of Resistance of Iran , Kobra Amir-Khizi, a political prisoner and a relative of Ashraf residents, is on the verge of losing her eyesight. Kobra Amir-Khizi, was arrested in January of 2009 when she was leaving the country legally to see her family members in Camp Ashraf in Iraq. She has serious eye injury due to torture and strikes of cables to her head and face. The orders of Jafari Dowlatabadi prevents her from transferring to hospital outside the prison or receive any medical medical care.

Iran: Kurdish political prisoners on death row
Following the sudden and secret execution of political prisoner Aziz Khakzad who was imprisoned based on an unjustified 5 year prison sentencing, families of political prisoners on death row in Iran are concerned about the fate of their loved ones. The Kurdish political prisoners on death row that may be executed by the Iranian regime at any given moment include:
- Political prisoner Habibollah Golpari-pour, 27, who was arrested in the fall of 2009 in the city of Mahabad, western Iran. 

- Political prisoner Seyed Sami Hosseini, 33, from the city of Salmas, northwestern Iran, was arrested in 2008.

- Political prisoner Seyed Jamal Mohammadi, 25, was arrested along with Hosseini in 2008 in the city of Salmas.

These three political prisoners who are on death row are held with 40 other political prisoners in Ward 12 of Urumieh Prison.

Hangings in Iran continues

According to Associated France Press on Saturday a man convicted of multiple rape was hanged in Isfahan.  He was 67 years old. And according to reports, On Monday, October 3, eight prisoners were hanged in a secret mass execution in the Lakan Prison in Rasht. One of the prisoners was identified as Gholamhossein Akhavan. On Thursday September 30, 12 prisoners were transferred to solitary cells in the Lakan Prison. Eight of these prisoners were hanged but there are no reports on the fate of the other four. Only a small percent of the numbers of the new wave of executions that has started from a few weeks ago is announced by state run media. The families of those executed have said that the numbers of executions are much higher than officials admit. 

Another man was hanged in Ardebil. He was accused of smuggling narcotics.

Protests Against Gender Segregation in Zanjan University
During the last few days, hundreds of students in Zanjan University have demonstrated against gender segregation imposed in the university cafeteria, buses and the Technical Engineering Library. According to a report by Daneshjoo News, following recent demonstrations at Amir Kabir University, Kurdistan University, Shahrekord University and Yazd  University, protests have broken out in various other colleges throughout Iran. On Tuesday, October 4, 2011, more than 500 students in Zanjan University demonstrated in front of the Mechanical Engineering building and shouted slogans against limitations imposed by the implementation of the gender segregation plan.