According to latest news from Human Rights Activists more then 400 people have been arrested in the past few days in relation to protests and turmoil because of rationing of gas.

For farsi speakers please feel free to visit the origional link and for non-Farsi speakers I have translated the article.

تا کنون 255 نفر از بازداشت شدگان حوادث اخیر تهران به زندان اوین منتقل شده اند که از این تعداد 100 نفر در اندرزگاه یک { قرنطینه } و 40 نفر به سالنهای 7 و 8 و 10 اندرزگاه 8 و 25 نفر به سالنهای 1و2و4 اندرزگاه 7 و 6 نفر به بازداشتگاه مخوف 209 اطلاعات و 84 نفر به بند 241 حفاظت قوه قضاییه منتقل شده اند.

As of today 255 of individuals arrested in regards to the recent protests in Tehran have been transferred to Evin prison. About 100 of these individuals are in Section 1 of the prison while 40 of them are in rooms 7, 8 and 10 in Section 8 of the Evin Prison. 25 people are in rooms 1,2,4 in section 7 and six people have been taken to s. 209 of the Evin prison. Also 241 people have been taken to revolutionary detention centers.

90 people were arrested last night and taken to Evin prisoner, however their names have not officially been registered with the prison, therefore their families have no way of knowing their whereabout, or can get in touch with them.

The 84 people in section 241 of the Evin prison are under terrible conditions, with 3 to 4 people occupaying a tiny cell and their bodies are completely bruised due to torture and physical abuse which they suffered before being taken to the cells. Among the people who have been arrested there are at least 6 women. Most of these individuals have been charged with insulting the Islamic Regime leaders, protesting and one individual has been charged with carrying a weapon.

The Human Rights Activists in Iran are extremely worried about the well being of these individuals and demand an immediate and fair look into their files.

Latest news from Human Rights Activists In Iran regarding another political prisoner Mostafa Daryanavard who is on his 5th day of hunger strike.

Mostafa Daryanavard a political prisoner in Iran who is on the 5th day of his hunger strike, was threatened by prison officials to break his hunger strike. Once the prison officials realized that their threats would not be successful, Davoud Baghviye the Evin prison warden for s. 7 of the prison further and repeatedly threatened him.

Mr. Daryanavard has stated that he will not break his hunger strike until such time where his demands are met. His major demand is the separation of political “crimes” v. non political crimes as well as the separation of political prisoners including himself from non political criminals.

Human Rights Activists in Iran condemn the treatment of Mr. Daryavand as well as the general detainment of political prisoners with common criminals as a from of psychological torture. At the same time the Human Rights Activists in Iran are extremely concerned about the health and well being of Mr. Mostafa Daryanavard.

فشار بر یک زندانی سیاسی
تاریخ : 86/4/۹

شماره : 86/28۸

به نام آزادی

زندانی سیاسی مصطفی در یانورد که پنجمین روز اعتصاب غذای خود را سپری می کند پس از آنکه اعمال فشار شورای زندان به ریاست مومنی معاونت زندان اوین در روز چهارشنبه مورخ 6/4/86 بر وی جهت شکستن اعتصاب غذا به نتیجه نرسید ظهر پنج شنبه توسط داود بالوایه ریاست اندرزگاه 7 برای شکستن اعتصاب غذای خود مورد تهدید قرار گرفت این در حالی است که نامبرده اعلام نموده است تا زمان احقاق حق خود یعنی رعایت اصل تفکیک جرایم و انتقال به نزد سایر زندانیان سیاسی به اعتصاب خود ادامه خواهد داد.

فعالان حقوق بشر در ایران ضمن محکوم نمودن عمل شنیع استفاده از تضاد عقاید به عنوان ابزار شکنجه روانی که مغایر با اصول کنوانسیون بین المللی منع شکنجه و رفتار غیر انسانی می باشد نسبت به سلامت این زندانی سیاسی ابراز نگرانی می نماید.

Human Rights Activists in Iran

Khaled Hardani at Risk of Imminent Execution

Khaled Hardani is an Iranian Political Prisoner whose execution date has been set for July 4th 2007. Mr. Hardani was first arrested in January of 2001 when along with 11 members of his extended family he attempted to Hijack a 30 seater passenger air craft.
He wanted to attempt and force the plane to fly to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Reportedly the family was trying to escape the extreme poverty and discrimination they were facing as members of Iranian Arab Minorities.
Mr. Hardani along with two of his brother in laws were sentenced to death on charges of acts against national security (egdam aleyhe amniyat) and Moharebeh or enmity with god, not in relation to specific charges regarding the hijacking of the plane.
Khaled Hardani has been in prison for the past seven years under severe physical and psychological torture. He was originally sentenced to hang on January 19, 2005, however the head of Judiciary ordered a stay of execution, so that his lawyer could appeal the sentence.
Two months ago Mr. Hardani was transferred to Raji Shahr Prison which is one of the worst prisons in Iran. Numbers of his family members including his wife and small child have also been imprisoned in the past. On June 7th 2007 he was informed of his new date of execution which is set for July 4th , 2007. He has appealed to all human rights activists and organizations to help save his life.
Although we have become aware of his situation at the last minute, there is still time to try to help. We may not be able to stop the execution but we can certainly try. History has shown time and again that international pressure does work. Executions have been stopped, people have been saved from torture and death sentenced have been commuted thanks to international pressure.
Please write to your MP’s, contact different human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights watch as well as write about him on your websites and blogs. Lets get the word out as fast and as wide as possible.

Sayeh Hassan

AI Index: MDE 13/080/2007

UA 164/07

Death penalty / Torture

29 June 2007


Davoud Abdollahi Moghadam (m), aged 40, army colonel

Colonel Davoud Abdollahi Moghadam was sentenced to death by a military court in February 2007, and is now facing execution. The charges against him are reported to have been politically motivated, and the court proceedings appear to have fallen short of international fair trial standards.

Davoud Abdollahi Moghadam was detained on or around 26 February 2006 and reportedly spent 11 months solitary confinement in Tehran's Evin Prison. The full details of the charges are not known, but they included spying and "transmitting state secrets to foreign interests". He reportedly "confessed" after ill-treatment and possibly torture.

He appealed against his sentence, and on around 11 June a higher military tribunal reportedly upheld the verdict. His case has still to go before the Supreme Court for a final appeal.


Torture has been used systematically in Iran for many years to extract information, and “confessions” are sometimes broadcast on television. Torture is facilitated by laws and procedures governing detention and interrogation which permit solitary confinement and prevent detainees having access to lawyers until the process of investigation is completed, and by the existence of parallel and sometimes informal institutions which run their own detention centres to which the judiciary has no access.

With virtually no warning, the Islamic Regime declared gas rationing in oil-rich Iran, sparking furious protests across the country — and Pajamas Media has video of the angry crowds setting gas stations on fire. ... For more on this article please visit:

Please visit for the latest pictures AND video clips of tonights protests and the gas stations on fire.

Big thank you for activists in Iran who have provided us with these pictures and videos.

Here is a wonderful article by my good frind Ardeshir Arian.

Iranian Regime's Heavyweight Gunned Down

PJM Barcelona
June 26, 2007 5:00 AM

The killing of a senior figure in Iran¢s regime, the third in two months, is again downplayed by the country¢s authorities. PJM special correspondent Ardeshir Arian explores the implications.


The Iranian government has decided to ration oil. The result?? Already 15 gas stations have been set on fire by people. You can see some pictures of this above.

Further Information on UA 113/07 (MDE 13/054/2007, 15 May 2007) Fear for safety/Fear of torture and ill-treatment

and new concern: Medical concern

Students at Amir Kabir University, Tehran:

Bejaz Ahmad Qasabian (m)

Moqdad Khalilpour (m)

Pooyan Mahmoudian (m) (spelling corrected)

Majid Tavakkoli (m)

Majid Sheikhpour (m)

Babak Zamanian (m)

New names:

Ehsan Mansouri (m)

Abbas Hakimzadeh (m)

Ali Saberi (m)]


A further three students have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the publication of articles that “insult Islamic sanctities”. One student has been released on bail. All those in custody have reportedly denied any involvement in the publication of the articles, and have reportedly been tortured in an attempt to extract confessions.

Babak Zamanian was reportedly released at the beginning of June, on bail of 500 million Riyals (US$54,000). Three other students were reportedly arrested in late May and early June. All the eight students now in custody are reportedly in solitary confinement; they have had no access to their families or lawyers.

Ehsan Mansouri, the secretary of political affairs of the Islamic Student Association (ISA) activist body at Amir Kabir University in Tehran, was reportedly arrested at his home on 22 May. His family had reportedly received threatening phone calls for two weeks before he was arrested. Revolutionary Guards had visited the family home looking for Ehsan Masouri, and reportedly beat some of the family. It appears that Ehsan Mansouri was severely beaten while being taken to Section 209 in Evin Prison, breaking his shoulder.

Abbas Hakimzadeh and Ali Saberi, both ISA committee members at Amir Kabir University, were reportedly arrested at their homes in Mashhad, east of Tehran, on 6 June and taken to Section 209 of Evin Prison by plainclothes security forces. The security forces reportedly searched their houses after they had been arrested, confiscated their personal computers and CDs and told their families to contact the Revolutionary Court for more information about their situation. Abbas Hakimzadeh had recently undergone surgery on his spine; his doctor has reportedly said that he cannot sit or stand up for long periods, and any physical attack could be life-threatening.


The crisis at Amir Kabir University started with the publication of student newsletters carrying articles deemed insulting to Islam on 30 April.

These newsletters, bearing the names and logos of four student publications, were distributed throughout the campus. They contained three controversial articles and two caricatures deemed critical of the Iranian regime and insulting to Islam. This took place one week before the annual elections to the ISA.

One article questioned the infallibility of the Prophet Mohammad, the first Shiite Imam Ali and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Another criticised the government's crackdown on modern female clothing, and a third ridicules Islamic women’s attire.

The crack down on student activists in Amir Kabir University continues. Abbas Hakimzadeh a student activist in Amir Kabir University was arrested last night by the intelligence ministry agents. His computer and a number of other personal belongings were also confiscated. He is reportedly being kept in s. 209 of the Evin Prison.

Before his arrest Mr. Hakimzadeh had been suspended for two terms from Amir Kabir University for his political activities.

In the recent weeks 7 other student activists namely Ehsan Mansouri, Ahmad Ghasaban, Majid Sheykhpour, Majid Tavakoli, Maghdad Khalilpour and Pouyan Mahmoudiyan have been arrested and transferred to s. 209 of the Evin Prison.

I recently had the opportunity to read an article written by David Harris which promotes a military attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

David Harris, Citizen Special
Published: Monday, June 04, 2007
When the United States strikes Iran -- as it will -- the result will be a disaster, but a disaster that cannot be avoided.

Today, Iran's radical Islamist military, security and intelligence machine reflects the extremism of its history and entrenched masters. It has made Iran an engine of global instability and menace. For Iran today is on the verge of grasping the nuclear club, even as it remains an ungovernable influence in the international community.

Iran's extremist and uncontrollable nature has been well defined through action.

(for the full text please click on the title of this post)

Following are comments which I sent for him.

Dear Mr. Harris,

I had the opportunity to read your article in the Ottawa Citizen and had a few comments that I felt I should share with you.

I certainly agree with almost everything you said regarding the brutality of the Islamic Regime and its danger towards the Iranian People as well as the global community as a whole. However I strongly oppose a military attack even on the nuclear sites for a number of reasons. As you may very well know most of these nuclear sites are underground and in heavily populated areas and a military attack would only cause the death of many civilians, with no guarantee that these facilities may have been destroyed.

Second In your article you only spoke about the negative effect a military action in Iran would have on the West (ie the suicide bombings) but you failed to mention the effect it would have on the Iranian people. After the 8 year war with Iraq our countrys infrastructure was destroyed and we lost close to 1 million people, I strongly believe I speak for most Iranians when I say we do not need another war.

Further I have no doubt that the IRI would welcome a military attack since it would only serve to increase its popularity and at the same time create hatred towards the west, which is exactly what they want. Right now there is a very strong pro-democratic movement going on in Iran (although we do not hear about it much in the west) and that is the only viable solution to the dangers of the Islamic Regime.

I was dissapointed to see you did not mention anything regarding the strong anti regime movement inside Iran and focused only on a military invasion, which in the long term will not only have terrible consequences for Iranians but for the West as well.

As someone who is directly in touch with student and human rights activists in Iran I can assure you that Iranian people want change, and they are risking their very lives trying to achieve it. They need the support of Western Governments in order to accomplish this hard task, not a military invasion.

I find it troubling that Canada allows for many high ranked IRI officials to come to Canada and invest millions of dollars, and then they talk about a military attack on Iran. Why not atleast try helping the democratic movement in Iran first, by stopping to support the IRI officials, and if that does not work, then move towards a more drastic option?

Those are just a few thoughts I had which I wanted to share.

All the best