Monday, August 11, 2014


HRANA News Agency – Seyed Jamal Hosseini (Esfandiar Baharmas), one of the founders of Human Rights Activists in Iran, the coordinator and editor of HRANA, was found dead in his apartment by his colleagues and Turkish police on August 4th. There were traces of blood on his face, as well as several other places in his home.
Mr. Hosseini was threatened several times by Iranian security forces while he was living in Turkey as a political refugee. Since the Turkish authorities have begun their investigation, we will not come to a conclusion until the investigation is complete. The police authorities in Ankara have announced that the investigations may go on for months. The prosecutor of Nevshehir city, in a report on August 5th, 2014, stated that this death is a “suspicious death,” and ordered for a comprehensive investigation. We will keep in contact with Turkish authorities until the reason behind his death becomes clear. We deny the allegations and propaganda of the Iranian security forces, which were published by some websites like “Farjam News” and “Afkar News” today, which are examples of spreading disinformation and are far from the reality of the case. This disinformation is written by purposely selecting inaccurate reports, such as a report by a local website and an incomplete report by BBC Persian, which was later clarified by us in an interview with BBC on August 8th.
Mr. Hosseini’s body was delivered to his family after the forensics procedure was finished on August 8th. The Iranian embassy was in an unordinary fashion encouraging the family to return the body to Iran, and stated that they would help pay for the legal procedures and the flight. Despite such gestures, Mr. Hosseini’s family decided to follow the testament that Mr. Hosseini had expressed; his unwillingness to be returned to Iran, unless the Iranian people are living in a democracy and their human rights are respected. In order to follow through with his wishes, he will temporarily be buried in Turkey.
His friends, colleagues, family and a number of city authorities will gather for his funeral on Monday, August 11th in Nevshehir city in Turkey.
We salute Mr. Hosseini, who played a significant role in the establishment, development and implementation of HRANA’s activities. We understand that his loss is irreplaceable. However, knowing that he passed away while writing his last reports, we will follow his path more dedicated. We will defend human rights until we have a society based on humanitarian values in Iran.
Secretariat of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRANA)
August 10, 2014

At least 48 killed after airline crashed near Tehran airport

Iran television reported that at 09:18AM local time, Sunday Aug. 10 an Iranian passenger plane belonging to Sepahan airlines crashed near Azadi Stadium close to Tehran Mehrabad international airport.
Preliminary reports indicate that at least 48 people including 8 children have been killed. The plane crashed shortly after take off from
Tehran airport and was headed to Tabas, Eastern Iran. The cause of the crash is not known yet.  


According to the Iranian resistance an Iranian juvenile offender along with his mother and three other prisoners were hanged on Saturday (August 9) in a prison in the South Eastern city of Zahedan. The 20-year-old Osman Dahmardeh was 17 at the time of his arrest. The other three men are Rasoulbakhsh Delshadi, 28, Ali Basham Narouee, 32, and Kamran Bameri, 35 along with Osman's mother.

According to the Iranian resistance the Iranian regime authorities executed nine more inmates on Thursday, August 7, in city of Kermanshah, according to the information received. Seven prisoners were sent to the gallows in the city’s main prison and two others were cruelly hanged in public.
The two men stood on top of a bus as guards put ropes round their necks that were attached to a bridge overhead. They were hanged as the bus drove away in the city’s Azadi Square.
In less than a week, at least 31 inmates have been executed. 10 executions were carried out in public in the cities of Shiraz, Karaj and Kermanshah.
The figures do not include those executions that are being carried out in secret.
Mrs Rajavi President-elect of the Iranian resistance called on the international community to refer Iran’s human rights violations dossier to the United Nations Security Council, adding that this regime has continued its disgraceful rule over the past 36 years by relying on massacres, sending people to the gallows, and torturing in prisons and squares and streets across the country.

UN Special Rapporteur: concerning widespread arrests of journalists in Iran

In Iran crackdown and human rights news, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran Ahmad Shaheed and five other UN special rapporteurs on human rights matters issued a joint statement expressing serious concerns over the arrest of journalists in Iran and heavy sentences issued against them.
According to Associated France Press, Shaheed and other UN rapporteurs said accusing people for the sole reason of expressing their beliefs is unacceptable. From May 22nd of this year to date at least 36 individuals, including journalists, filmmakers, bloggers and writers in
Iran have been arrested and prosecuted, and this shows a negative trend currently ongoing in Iran.

Iraqi government prevents transferring of 6 Camp Liberty Iranian patients to hospital

On Monday August 4, the Iraqi forces prevented the transfer of six patients from Camp Liberty to hospital. Two of them are diagnosed with cancer, and one had surgery.
The patients had taken their medical appointments from two hospitals in
Baghdad long ago and the transfer was coordinated with Iraqi forces. Sunday night, forces of Prime Ministry said patients were allowed to go to only one hospital and the number of accompanying persons and translators had to be reduced to two. Thus, residents were forced to eliminate two patients.
The Iranian resistance warns against these kinds of inhuman acts, and given the
US government and the UN obligations vis-à-vis the safety and security of Liberty residents, demands urgent intervention of the US and the UN to provide free access to medical services to Liberty residents. Yesterday Aug.9, 29, 2014 in front of the US embassy here in Ottawa, Iranian-Canadians commemorated the 30,000 political prisoners who were executed in the summer of 1988 in Iran. They demanded the freedom of all political prisoners in Iran. They also reminded Barack Obama and the UN of their obligations towards the Iranian residents of Camp Liberty in Iraq and chanted for the freedom of 7 Ashraf hostages, 6 of the women who were abducted from Camp Ashraf by Iraqi forces on Sept. 1, 2013.

90% of Iran’s labor community live in poverty

In Iran ninety percent of the country’s labor community is living under the poverty line, and the remaining 10% are very close to poverty.
Iranian MP Alireza Mahjoub who presented these statistics said, “The cost of daily life for workers is much higher than their salaries, and in the meantime the demand for the workforce has decreased, further deepening the labor society in even more poverty.

Iran: intel. agents raid homes of Sunnis in Tehran

During the past 11 days Ministry of Intelligence agents have raided the homes of various Sunni Iranians in numerous parts of Tehran, preventing them from holding any mass prayers. These raids took place in areas including Tehran’s western regions and Tehran Pars areas. Intelligence agents harassed the worshippers and threatened severe measures if they hold mass prayer ceremonies.

Iran protest reports, at 3 pm in the afternoon on Thursday, August 7th, a large crowd of people in the town of Gachin near Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, attacked a police station and clashed with the police. The residents of two villages protested continuous extortion by the police and the theft of their boats by them. A number of police agents were injured and at least 6 of them were sent to a Bandar Abbas hospital.

- Families of Shahr-e Kord prisoners staged a rally on the path of Rouhani’s convoy during his visit to this city, chanting against the crimes committed by state authorities in Shahr-e Kord Prison. They also demanded the release of other inmates. 11 inmates were burnt to death in Shar-e Kord prison. Although the firefighters were ready to break the walls in order to save the prisoners, the prison authorities stopped them. The prisoners were protesting against prison condition and the execution of their inmates.

- On the afternoon of Wednesday, August 6th, two young girls clashed with ‘Guidance’ police patrol units. The agents were harassing the girls under the bogus pretext of improper hijab and intended to arrest them. However, the young girls resisted and screamed, calling for help. Fearing the security being disrupted in the area and people gathering, the agents were forced to release the girls and flee the area.
- A group of workers in the Saya, Ghatran and Nasuz of the
Isfahan steel mill rallied on Wednesday, August 6th. They chanted demanding their paychecks at the beginning of the month and protesting their wages being lowered.

Tehran municipality workers went on strike on Monday, August 4th, protesting for higher wages and also their overtime wages being accounted in their paychecks. Contract workers of Tehran Farman Company metro workers continued their strike for the second day on Thursday, August 7th. The workers of this company gathered on Wednesday, August 6th, protesting not receiving their paychecks. The striking workers said they will continue their strike until their demands are met.

- A group of contract workers of the Isfahan Sepahan Cement Factory rallied outside the regime’s Ministry of Labor on Wednesday, August 6th, for the second day in a row protesting being expelled from work. Workers had gathered on Tuesday, August 5th, in this location, too. These workers have been unemployed for the past 3 months and have gone to Tehran protesting this matter.

- Three young Baluchi workers building a small overhead bridge in
Shiraz protested on Wednesday, August 6th, demanding their wages, and clashing with the regime’s municipality officials. The state police arrested the workers and transferred to an unknown location. Other workers seeing this scene stopped working and threatened if the three workers are not returned, all of them will stage protest measures in Shiraz.

Tehran: 2,400 people die annually from air pollution

Reports indicate that 2,400 Tehran residents lose their lives each year due to air pollution. Head of the Commission on Health, Environment and City Services in Tehran’s city council said, “Air pollution was the first case that was specified. Statistics show that in Tehran 2,400 deaths are reported due to air pollution, 4,500 people are hospitalized and 2,500 heart disease patients are hospitalized due to air pollution.”