The Los Angeles Times
By Greg Miller, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer/ WASHINGTON -- CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said Sunday that he believes Iran is still pursuing a nuclear bomb, even though the U.S. intelligence community, including his own agency, reached a consensus judgment last year that the Islamic Republic had halted its nuclear weapons work in 2003.

WASHINGTON (AFP) - CIA chief Michael Hayden expressed his personal belief Sunday that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program, but also stood by the agency's assessment that the program was suspended in 2003.

By Fredrik Dahl
Sun Mar 30, TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the Dutch ambassador on Sunday in protest at an "insulting and anti-Islamic" film by a Dutch lawmaker that accuses the Koran of inciting violence, state media said.

BERN, Switzerland - The U.S. has demanded to see a Swiss contract for natural gas supplies from Iran to see whether it violates an American sanctions law against Tehran, the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland said Sunday

By: Kenneth R. Timmerman/ Newsmax
Turkish authorities arrested an Iranian human rights activist on Thursday as he was getting off a plane from Germany at Istanbul's airport, and are threatening to deport him to Iran.
The activist, Dr. Amir Farshad Ebrahimi, fled Iran in 2003 and has become an outspoken opponent of the Tehran regime.

Tehran, Iran, Mar. 27 - The chief of Iran's police vowed on Wednesday to institutionalise the current moral crackdown which is targeting mainly young Iranians, in yet another sign of the recent sharp increase in the repressive atmosphere in Iranian society.
Brigadier General Ismaeil Ahmadi-Moghaddam, the commander of Iran’s State Security Forces (SSF), on Wednesday said that “under no circumstances” will the SSF abandon the “plan to increase national security” and let “circumstances return to their previous state”. His comments were carried by the official news agency IR

AFP - Thursday, March 27BAGHDAD (AFP) - - Iran is linked to violence in Iraq by providing training to those firing rockets in Baghdad and not doing enough to rein in lawless gunmen in Basra, the US military charged on Wednesday.

Iranian authorities freed an Azerbaijani rights activist.

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AI Index: MDE 13/060/2008

26 March 2008

UPDATE

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Further Information on UA 58/08 (MDE 13/040/2008, 6 March 2008)/ Fear of Torture

IRAN

Reza Daghestani (m), aged 27, Azerbaijani rights activist, student, journalist

Azerbaijani rights activist Reza Daghestani was released on 19 March, on a bail of around 40,000 US dollars.

He had been arrested on 21 February 2008 at his family home in the city of Oroumiye. His home was searched and his computer, CDs, papers and books were confiscated, along with printouts of his newsletters.

Reza Daghestani is the editor of a student newsletter, Chamlibel, published in both Azerbaijani Turkic and Persian and he has written for several other publications. His other activities have included starting a series of Azerbaijani Turkic classes in the town of Naghadeh and establishing groups to organize peaceful demonstrations in the province of West Azerbaijan in connection with International Mother Tongue Day, 21 February.

He was a member of the committee of a campaign group called Urmu Azerbaijan Sesi, which actively supported several would-be candidates from Oroumiye who all were disqualified from standing for the Majles (parliament) elections which were held on 14 March. Urmu Azerbaijan Sesi issued a public statement objecting to the “unfair and undemocratic disqualification of its candidates”. Amnesty International believes his arrest was connected to some or all of these peaceful activities on behalf of Iranian Azerbaijanis.

25 March, 2008/The Iraqi government has closed the border between Basra and Iran's Khuzestan province, indicating that it sees Tehran's hand in militia-led terrorism in Iraq.Iraqi troops have begun a campaign against the Mehdi Army of Shia extremist Moqtada al-Sadr. Mehdi Army leaders have been arrested, prompting al-Sadr to call for nation-wide civil disobedience. Weapons and improvised explosive devices have been seized in raids. Iran is suspected of being the source of weapons and explosives used by militias in Iraq.

Iran Focus London, Mar. 25 – Iran’s ultra-secretive Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) has once again found itself under the limelight after it was accused of involvement in the murder of an Iranian intellectual in Spain.
Manouchehr Farhangi, 82, was murdered in La Moraleja, a suburb of the Spanish capital Madrid, on 19 March.

Mar 25, 2008
Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday said Iran was developing a uranium enrichment program for military purposes.

Tue Mar 25/ TEHRAN (AFP) - Twenty-seven people were killed when a bus overturned in southern Iran, state television reported on Tuesday, the latest crash on the country's hazardous roads.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008/ US Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday hit out at Iran and Syria as he wrapped up a Middle East peace push, saying the two countries were undermining the renewed but faltering Israeli-Palestinian talks. Iran and Syria "are doing everything they can to torpedo the peace process," Cheney told reporters in Occupied Jerusalem as he wrapped up a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories before heading to Turkey

Monday, 24 March 2008,The most senior US general in Iraq has said he has evidence that Iran was behind Sunday's bombardment of Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.
Gen David Petraeus told the BBC ..................

By Anne Penketh in Tehran Monday, 24 March 2008 It's the Iranian New Year and people have been stocking up on food and buying goldfish, the symbol of luck and prosperity, to adorn their homes.
But Iranians are down on their luck this year. Three years after the election of their radical President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his populist economic policies have led to rocketing inflation and high unemployment which contributed to an electoral backlash against his supporters

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Ali Daryani is embarrassed at the inflationary pain he is passing on to his customers. "Sometimes we have to change the price stickers three times a day because of inflation," the 42-year-old Tehran grocer said.

Tehran, Iran, Mar. 23 – Some 70 holidaymakers have been killed in road accidents in Iran since the Persian New Year which began on March 20, a senior state security official announced.

TEHRAN (Reuters) Sun. 23 Mar 2008 Iran on Sunday rejected French President Nicolas Sarkozy's comments on the necessity to build a strong deterrent against new security threats posed by nuclear-armed Islamic states, a news agency reported.

TEHRAN (Reuters) Sun. 23 Mar 2008/ Iran on Sunday rejected French President Nicolas Sarkozy's comments on the necessity to build a strong deterrent against new security threats posed by nuclear-armed Islamic states, a news agency reported.

The Sunday Times Michael Smith /A senior officer in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has emerged as the father of a nuclear programme that western intelligence services believe is aimed at producing a warhead capable of devastating any city in the Middle East.

This is a full transcript of an exclusive interview with U.S. President George W. Bush at the White House on March 19, conducted by Radio Farda correspondent Parichehr Farzam. Topics included U.S. policy toward Iran, Iranian nuclear ambitions, a Russian proposal to enrich uranium that would be supplied to Iran, and missile defense. 3/22/08

The shelling hit the towns of Marado, Razda and Dolakoka and lasted for about two hours, said Azad Watho, a top administrative official in Sulaimaniyah city.

TEHRAN (AFP) - An earthquake rocked northwestern Iran on Sunday, state television reported, adding there was no early information on casualties or damage

Iran Human Rights, : Mokarrameh Ebrahimi (43) who was sentenced to death by stoning, has been given amnesty said her lawyer Shadi Sadr to the website Meydaan yesterday. But despite her amnesty, she is still in the prison laong with Ali, her 4 years old son.

By Farshid Motahari, Tehran, March 21: On the occasion of Noruz, the Persian New Year, Iran's state television network IRIB will broadcast 22 new Hollywood productions during the two-week holiday.

03-21-2008, 12h20/ CHERBOURG, France (AFP)French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that Europe's security was "at stake" while countries like Iran were increasing the range of their missiles.

Friday, March 21, 2008/ President Bush said Thursday that Iran has declared that it wants to be a nuclear power with a weapon to "destroy people," including others in the Middle East, contradicting the judgments of a recent U.S. intelligence estimate.

By JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer / WASHINGTON - The Bush administration issued a fresh warning Thursday to U.S. banks that Iran is using "an array of deceptive practices" to hide its alleged involvement in nuclear proliferation and terrorist activities.

"Any forceful attempts to resolve this issue by non-peaceful means would undermine all that has been done to bring clarity into the Iranian nuclear

Thu Mar 20/ NEW YORK (Reuters) - Military action against Iran over its nuclear ambitions would be "a disaster" and the only way to solve the impasse is through dialogue, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said on Thursday.

March 2008
I send greetings to those celebrating Nowruz.
For the millions of people who trace their heritage to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Pakistan, India, and Central Asia, Nowruz is a time to celebrate the New Year with the arrival of spring. This cherished and ancient festival brings together family and friends to reflect on what has come before and celebrate a season of new beginnings.
Our country is proud to be a land where individuals from many different cultures can pass their traditions on to future generations. The diversity of America brings joy to our citizens and strengthens our Nation during Nowruz and throughout the year.
Laura and I send our best wishes to all those celebrating Nowruz, both here in the United States and abroad. May the year ahead be filled with peace and many blessings.

GEORGE W. BUSH

By Bill Rodgers Washington 20 March 2008
President Bush says Iran has the right to have civilian nuclear power as long fuel for its reactors is provided by an outside source. Otherwise, Mr. Bush said he does not trust the Iranian government to develop nuclear power solely for peaceful purposes. Mr. Bush's comments came during an interview Tuesday with VOA's Persian News Network. More from VOA's Bill Rodgers.

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WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Wednesday warned that it was launching a legal review of a gas deal signed earlier this week between Iran and Switzerland to see whether it violates terms of US sanctions.

No Ruz, new day or New Year as the Iranians call it, is a celebration of spring Equinox. It has been celebrated by all the major cultures of ancient Mesopotamia. Sumerians, 3000BC, Babylonians 2000 BC, the ancient kingdom of Elam in Southern Persia 2000BC, Akaddians all have been celebrating it in one form or another. What we have today as No Ruz with its’ uniquely Iranian characteristics has been celebrated for at least 3000 years and is deeply rooted in the traditions of Zoroastrian belief system.

03/19/08
Speaker Nancy Pelosi congratulates Persian New Year to Iranian-Americans

Staff Reporter of the new York Sun
WASHINGTON — A new Freedom House study of Iranian textbooks finds that the Islamic Republic is teaching its children to embrace Islamic supremacism, preparing them to enter a political system that discriminates against women and non-Muslims.

MUSCAT, Oman - Vice President Dick Cheney retained his tough stance against Iran on Wednesday and said the U.S. is uncertain if Tehran has restarted the nuclear weaponization program that a U.S. intelligence report says it halted in 2003.

MUSCAT, Oman (AFP) - Fresh from a two-day surprise visit to Iraq, US Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Oman late Tuesday for talks set to focus on containing Iran's influence and curbing its suspect nuclear program

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Israel of Germany's "Holocaust shame," and asserted its support for the Jewish state during an unprecedented speech to the Knesset on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON -From Emily Sherman CNN- Sen. John McCain warned Tuesday that Iran's increasing influence in the Middle East is hindering progress in Iraq.


A prisoner of conscience could be flogged at any moment.

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AI Index: MDE 13/050/2008

UA 74/08

Prisoner of conscience / Torture

17 March 2008

IRAN

Abbas Lisani (or Leysani) (m), activist for Iranian Azerbaijani rights


Prisoner of conscience Abbas Lisani was moved to a new prison on 6 March so that his flogging sentence can be carried out. He is now in imminent danger of being flogged, which is cruel and inhuman treatment amounting to torture. Iran is a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which expressly prohibits torture.

He is serving a sentence of 18 months' imprisonment and 50 lashes, confirmed on appeal in October 2006, after he was convicted of taking part in a May 2006 demonstration by Iranian Azerbaijanis in his home town of Ardabil against a cartoon published in an Iranian newspaper which many Iranian Azerbaijanis found offensive. He had been held in Ahar Prison, 112km from Ardabil. He has now been moved to Yazd Central Prison, 2,000km away. The guards at Ahar Prison had refused to carry out the flogging sentence. Ahar is in West Azerbaijan Province, where Abbas Lisani is very popular. In Yazd there are few Iranian Azerbaijanis and he is not known locally, making it easier to have the flogging sentence carried out. He is also serving another prison sentence of one year passed in August 2006 and confirmed later on appeal, in connection with his participation in a peaceful cultural gathering at Babek Castle in 2003.


He has begun a hunger strike in protest at his removal to Yazd, which he believes is intended not only to facilitate his flogging, but to prevent him from regular contact with his family, a right accorded to prisoners under international human rights standards. In a phone call from prison on 14 February 2008 he said that he was being tortured, at which point the phone was cut off.

Abbas Lisani is the subject of UA 163/06 (MDE 13/063/2006, 8 June 2006) and follow-ups.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Iranian Azerbaijanis speak a Turkic language and are mainly Shi’a Muslims. The largest minority in Iran, they live mainly in the north and north-west of the country, and in the capital, Tehran. Many Iranian Azerbaijanis demand greater cultural and linguistic rights, including implementation of their constitutional right to education in Azerbaijani Turkic. Article 15 of Iran’s Constitution states that “the use of regional and tribal languages in the press and mass media, as well as for teaching of their literature in schools, is allowed in addition to Persian.”

A small minority want Iranian Azerbaijani provinces to break away from Iran and join with the Republic of Azerbaijan. In recent years the authorities have grown increasingly suspicious of Iran's minority communities, many of which are situated in border areas, and have accused foreign powers such as the US and UK of stirring unrest among them. Those who seek to promote Azerbaijani cultural identity and linguistic rights are often charged with vaguely worded offences such as "acting against state security by promoting pan-Turkism".

International human rights standards, such as the ICCPR and the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners provide for humane treatment of those in detention including access to the outside world, family and friends.


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The Press Supervisory Board, a body controlled by hard-liners, also sent warning notes to 13 other publications and magazines on "observing the provisions of the press law," the ministry said on its website.

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Monday slammed what it called the "higly restricted" electoral process in Iran, and seconded an EU determination that the vote was not free or fair.

RUSSELS (AFP) - EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Sunday that he hoped to meet Iran's top nuclear negotiator within the next three months, a day after Iran ruled out further talks with major world powers



(Washington, DC, February 27, 2008) – The Iranian judiciary should revoke the death sentence of Kurdish teacher Farzad Kamangar, Human Rights Watch said today. Kamangar was active in a number of civil society organizations.

The authorities should also investigate Kamangar’s allegations that he was tortured in detention, and they should hold accountable any officials involved in such abuse.

“Farzad Kamangar’s case highlights how human rights abuses have become routine in Iran,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Kamangar was tortured, subjected to unfair trial and now faces execution.”

On February 25, Branch 30 of Iran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced Kamangar to death on charges of “endangering national security.” The prosecution claimed that Kamangar is a member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

According to Kamangar’s lawyer, this trial violated the Iranian legal requirements that such cases must be tried publicly and in the presence of a jury. He also told Human Rights Watch that court officials ridiculed his requests that they follow mandated legal procedures.

Authorities arrested Kamangar in Tehran in July 2006 and held him in various detention centers in Kurdistan, Kermanshah, and Tehran. Kamangar claims that during a period of detention in Unit 209 of Evin Prison in August 2006, officials tortured him to such an extent that they had to transfer him to the prison clinic to receive medical attention. Kamangar also alleges torture and ill-treatment while in detention in the cities of Sanandaj in Kurdistan province and Kermanshah.

Kamangar’s lawyer told Human Rights Watch that the first time he met his client, Kamangar’s hands and legs were shaking as a result of mistreatment during detention and interrogation. Kamangar himself outlined the details of how he was tortured in a letter written from prison. Human Rights Watch has obtained a copy of this letter.

Prior to his arrest, Kamangar worked for 12 years as a teacher in the city of Kamyaran, where he was on the governing board of both a local environmentalist group as well as the local branch of the teachers’ association. Kamangar wrote for the monthly journal Royan, a publication of the Department of Education of Kamyaran. He was also a writer with a local human rights organization that documents human rights abuses in Kurdistan and other provinces.

Human Rights Watch opposes capital punishment in all circumstances because of its cruel and inhumane nature.

“This case gives the Iranian authorities an opportunity to show how they can investigate and remedy a situation where there is strong evidence of an unfair trial and of torture,” Stork said.



Please find below the translation of the letter Farzad Kamangar wrote from prison, explaining the torture and abuse he has undergone in the past 19 months. You can find the origional letter in Farsi at http://www.f-kamangar.hra-iran.org/page6.html

A Letter From Farzad Kamangar, a Political Prisoner In Rajaieeshahr Prison


I Farzad Kamangar also known as “Siyamand” am a teacher in the city of Kamyaran with 12 years of experience. A year before my arrest I was teaching at “ Honarestane Karoudanesh.” I was also a member of the Kurdish branch of the teachers union in Kamyaran. Before the union was outlawed I was in charge of public relations. I was also a member of the writers association for the newspaper “Mahnameye Farhangi Amuzeshi Royan” which was also eventually banned from publication. I was also board member of “Zist Mehyali” Association in Kamyaran. Starting from the year 2005 I worked as a journalist as well became a member of the Human Rights Activists in Iran.

In July of 2006 I came to Tehran to follow upon my brother’s medical treatments. My brother is a Kurdish political activist. Upon my arrival in Tehran I was arrested and taken to an unknown place, it was a very small, dark basement. The cells in this place were empty, there were no blankets or rugs or sheets.

They took me to a room and as they were interviewing me they asked me about my ethnicity. When I told them that I was of the Kurdish Ethnicity they lashed my entire body. They also lashed me because of the Kurdish music which I had saved on my mobile phone.

They would tie my hands, make me sit on a chair and put pressure on the sensitive areas of my body. They would also strip me naked and threaten me with rape by various objects such as wood.

My left leg was injured badly during this time. Also due to the beatings I received on my head as well as electric shock I would lose consciousness. I have lost control of my body and shake uncontrollably for no reason. They would chain my feet together and give me electric shocks on sensitive parts of my body which was extrmeley painful.

Later on I was transferred to Section 209 of the Evin Prison. From the moment I entered the Evin Prison they blindfolded me and took me to a small room where they beat me by punching and kicking me.

The next day I was taken to the city of Sanandaj. From the moment I entered the Sanandaj Prison I was insulted and beaten brutally. They tied me to a chair and left me there from 7 am until the next day, I was not even allowed to go to the washroom and I had no choice but to wet myself. After numerous beatings and torture sessions once again I was transferred to Section 209 of the Evin Prison. I was interrogated and tortured in one of the rooms on the first level of the prison.

On August 27th 2006 as a result of the effect of torture they were forced to take me to the physician in the prison, and the physician made notes of marks of torture and lashing on my back, neck, head thighs and feet.

In August and September I was in the solitary cell number 43. Due to the fact that the torture and beatings were unbearable I was forced to go on a 33 day hunger strike. Because they started harassing and summoning my family to court, as well to free myself from torture I tried to commit suicide by throwing myself off a flight of stairs.

Also for one month I was imprisoned in an extremely small and smelly cell on the first floor of the prison (cell number 113). During this time I was not allowed visitations or even phone calls to my family. Further I was not allowed to get any fresh air for those three (3) months.

After three (3) months I was taken to cell #10 where other prisoners were also present and I was there for two (2) months. At this time I was still not allowed to visit with my family or lawyer.

In the month of October I was transferred from the Evin Prison to the Intelligence Ministry Prison in Kermanshah, even though I had still not been charged or found guilty of any crime. This was a small dark prison where brutal torture and murder of political prisoners have taken place.

They took off all my clothes and after beating me gave me a set of dirty clothes to wear and took me to my cell. It was a small “secret” cell where no one would be able to hear my cries. The cell was 1.65cm/50cm. It had two light bulbs hanging from the ceiling. This cell had previously been a washroom and it was extremely smelly and cold. There was only a dirty blanket in the room. During sleep my head would bang against the wall because the cell was so small.

In order to breathe I was forced to put my head down by the crack between the door and the floor and try to breathe. Also at all odd hours they would bang against my door loudly to prevent me from sleeping. Two days after my arrival they took me to the interrogation room and without asking me any questions started beating me. Then they took me back to my cell. They would turn on the radio loudly in order to prevent me from sleeping or even thinking. In 24 hours I was allowed to use the washroom twice, and once a month I was allowed to take a short shower.

Types of Torture I was Subjected to:

1. The Football Game: This was a nick name they used for this type of torture. They would strip me naked, four (4) or five (5) interrogators would surround me and pass me to each other by punching and kicking me. They would swear at me when I fell down and continue their beatings.
2. The interrogators would force me to stand on one foot for hours while holding my arms above my head and if I got tired they would start beating me again. Because they knew that my left leg had been hurt as a result of torture they would put more pressure on my left leg. They would play Quran tapes very loudly so that nobody could hear my cries.
3. During interrogations they would beat me around the face by punching and slapping me.
4. There was a torture room in the basement of the jail, but its entrance was hidden by black garbage bags filled with dry bread crumbs. There was also another torture room where they would take me at night, they would tie my arms and legs to a bed and lash me, particularly under my feet, my lower and upper leg as well as my back. This would cause me severe pain and I would be unable to walk for days.
5. It was winter and the weather was very cold. They would put me in a particularly cold room which was supposedly an interrogation room and would leave me there all day in the cold, without being interrogated.
6. In the city of Kermanshah they would use electric shock on the sensitive parts of my body.
7. I was not allowed to use a toothbrush or a toothpaste. They would give me old and smelly left over food which was not edible.

To further increase the pressure on me they did not allow me any visitations, and they also arrested the girl that I loved. They would also create problems for my brothers and arrest them. I suffered from a dangerous skin disease as a result of being kept in a dirty cell with dirty clothes and blankets, but I was not allowed to see a doctor.

I was forced to go on a 12 day hunger strike to protest the brutal torture I was subjected to. During the last 15 days of imprisonment they changed my cell and took me to an even dirtier and smellier cell with no heat. I was insulted, sworn at, and beaten on a daily basis and even lost consciousness on one occasion as a result of the beatings.

One night they took me to the torture cell in the basement, stripped off my clothes and threatened me with rape. In order to free myself from this torture I had to bang my head against the wall a number of times. They also tried to force me to confess to crimes such as indecency and having illicit relationships with women.

I could hear the cries and the screams of others from other cells, and there were occasions where inmates would commit suicide.

On March 19th 2006 I was transferred to Section 209 of the Evin Prison in Tehran. Although I was in ward 121 of the prison which was a common ward, I was still not allowed any visitations.

I was still under great emotional and psychological pressure because of the constant arrest of my family members as well as not being allowed to contact them.

My file was finally transferred to Branch 30 the Revolutionary Court in May of 2006 Interrogators would threaten me and tell me they would do their best to have me executed or incarcerated for a long period of time. They also stated that if I was to be found not guilty, they would “deal with me outside of the courtroom.”

They hated me very much because of my Kurdish Ethnicity, my Journalism and human rights work. They would also not stop torturing me.

The Revolutionary Court in Tehran stated that it did not have jurisdiction over my case and my file was transferred to the city of Sanandaj. As support for me increased by individual and Human Rights Organizations the interrogators got more vicious and the pressure on me increased. In August of 2006 I was transferred to the Sanandaj Prison, a place which has become a great nightmare for me, a place that I can never forget for as long as I live. Although no new charges had been brought against me, they started interrogating and torturing me from the moment of my arrival.

The Sanandaj Prison has one main corridor and five smaller corridors. They kept on switching my cell on a regular basis. One day the prison Warden along with a number of other guards started beating me for no reason, they took me out of my cell and started beating me along the 18 stairs which led to the basement, and to the interrogation rooms. They hit me on the head from behind very hard which caused me to fall down, then they started dragging me down the 18 stairs. I do not know how they managed to drag me down 18 stairs. When I gained consciousness and opened my eyes I could feel great pain in my head, face and sides.

When they saw that I had gained consciousness they started beating me again. After beating me for about an hour they again dragged me up the 18 stairs and threw me in a very small cell in the second corridor. Then two guards started beating me again until I lost consciousness. When I gained consciousness again I could hear the sound of the afternoon prayers. My face and clothes were covered with blood. My face was swollen, my entire body was black and blue from the beatings. I did not have the strength to move. After a few hours they threw me in a shower so that I could clean myself and my clothes.

They forced me to put on my wet clothes. That night I was in a very bad physical state, at 12:00 am one of the Intelligence Ministry Officials saw my physical state and were forced to take me to a medical facility outside of the prison. Because of the damage done to my teeth and jaw I was unable to eat for a few days. At night they would open the window of my cell so that I would suffer further from the cold. They would also not give me any blankets and I would be forced to wrap the dirty carpet around me for warmth.

I was not allowed visitations, telephone calls or fresh air time. I was also beaten on numerous occasions in the interrogation rooms in the basement. To protest my situation I was forced to go on a five (5) day hunger strike. They would bang my head against the basement walls and from the basement until I reached my cell they would continuously beat me.

No new charges were brought against me in Sanandaj or Kermanshah.

A famous torture called “the chicken kabab” was used by the prison Warden whenever he conducted the torture sessions. He would tie my arms and legs throw me on the floor and whip me.

The cries and whimpers of other prisoners could also be heard, many of whom were women. At night they would open the window, wet my clothes in the basement bathroom after the torture and interrogation and would throw me in my cell with wet clothes. I was also in solitary confinement for about two (2) months in the city of Sanandaj. The Sanandaj Court also stated that they had no jurisdiction over my file and transferred me back to Tehran.

Total of more than 8 months in solitary confinement along with physical and psychological torture, has left a very negative effect on my mental health and nerves.

After one night of solitary confinement in Section 209 of the Evin Prison, I was transferred to Section 7, where there is great use of illicit drugs by inmates.

On November 18th 2007 I was transferred to the Rajaishahr Prison which is an extremely dangerous prison where individuals found guilty of murder, kidnapping, weapons related crimes are imprisoned.

Respectfully
Farzad Kamangar
23 November 2007 Rajai Shahr Prison



Please sign to help free Farzad Kamangar (click on the title to be directed to the page)

http://hra-iran.org/campin/en/

Farzad Kamangar is a 33 year old teacher, journalist and a member of Human Rights Activists in Iran. Mr. Kamangar is of the Kurdish Ethnicity and was teaching in the city of Kamyaran before his arrest in August of 2006.

In the past 19 months Mr. Kamangar has been subjected to the most brutal tortures imaginable. On February 25th 2008 was found guilty of "risking national security and being a member of the Kurdistan Workers Party" and sentenced to death.

Mr. Kamangar has at all times maintained his innocence, and denied all charges against him. An International Campaign has been launched by Human Rights Activists in Iran in support of Mr. Kamangar.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone told a Jewish audience on Tuesday that he found the idea of a society run by ayatollahs to be "horrifying" and "completely wrong," and called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "barking mad."

US applies sanctions to third Iran bankBy Daniel Dombey in Washington Published: March 13 2008

By Joby Warrick and Michael Abramowitz
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, March 13, 2008

(The New Republic) This column was written by Yossi Klein Halevi.
Immediately after the massacre of eight students in a yeshiva library in Jerusalem last week, speculation began within the Israeli security establishment and the media about who had dispatched the lone murderer. Was it Hamas? Hezbollah? Perhaps a new, unknown organization claiming to act on behalf of the "liberation" of the Galilee? In fact, the speculation was pointless. Regardless of the affiliation of the actual perpetrator, the ultimate responsibility for this attack, as for almost all the terror attacks on Israel in recent years, lies with Iran.



According to reports from AKI news agency the Chief of police Reza Zarei was caught with 6 naked prostitutes in a brothel.

"Tehran, 10 March (AKI) - Tehran's police chief, Reza Zarei, has been arrested after he was found nude in a local brothel with six naked prostitutes, according to report on the Iranian Farda News.

Farda News is a website said to be close to the mayor of Tehran and former chief of the police forces, Mohammed Bagher Qalibaf.

Following the raid, Zarei stepped down from his post as police chief. The news of his arrest however was not reported by any official Iranian news agency.

According to a popular Iranian website Gooya, the order to raid the brothel was given directly by Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, chief of the judicial authorities.

Before he was arrested, Zarei was in charge of the programme for the 'moralisation of the city'.

It is alleged that in the past six months, hundreds of young people have been arrested in Iran for not respecting the Islamic code of behaviour."


While there has been so much media coverage surrounding the Eliot Spitzer scandal, there has been almost no media coverage on the prostitution bust on Reza Zarei. Can't say that I am surprised, although I am surprised that they would arrest him for this since, polygamy and temporary marriages are an integral part of Islam.
What I found most amusing was the fact that before his arrest he had been in charge of a moralization program for the city, how is that for a dose of hypocrisy ?

by Amil Imani
Being Iranian is defined by a state of mind, not by a place of residence. The barbaric Islamist mullahs and their mercenaries presently ruling Iran are not Iranians. They are Islamofascists who have betrayed their magnificent heritage and have enlisted themselves in the service of a most oppressive, discriminating, and demeaning ideology.
Iranians are proud spiritual descendants of King Cyrus the Great, the author of the first charter of human rights. Some of Cyrus’ children live in the patch of land called Iran. The overwhelming majority—free humans with human beliefs—live in every country, city, and village of the earth.

(AP) The Netherlands' highest court rejected a gay Iranian asylum seeker's last-ditch bid to avoid deportation to Britain, where he fears authorities will send him back to Tehran and possible execution

For months, diplomats and analysts have been suggesting that the Bush administration-led effort to pressure and isolate Iran over its nuclear defiance was losing steam. Now, with the release Tuesday of a BBC World Service Poll, there are some hard indications that indeed—at least in terms of global public opinion—that has been happening.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 Is the United States moving toward military action with Iran
The resignation of the top U.S. military commander for the Middle East is setting off alarms that the Bush administration is intent on using military force to stop Iran's moves toward gaining nuclear weapons

By Sue Pleming in Washington
A SENIOR US Treasury official has met with Iranian representatives in Paris as part of a multinational gathering to discuss "terror financing".
In a departure from usual policy, Daniel Glaser, was given permission by the Bush administration to attend the meeting last month. Under US policy contacts with Iran are usually forbidden.

Wednesday, 12th March 2008
By Chris Stephen in New York THE head of the US forces in the Middle East abruptly resigned last night after a magazine claimed he was at odds with the Bush administration over its hardline policy on Iran.

Since the release of the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran's nuclear capabilities last December, the prevailing conventional wisdom has been that the report's finding that Iran is not currently pursuing nuclear weapons had derailed the possibility of the George W. Bush administration launching a military strike before leaving office.

Political adversaries Cuba, Iran, Zimbabwe and Syria were all listed as human
rights abusers.

Iran Focus
Tehran, Iran, Mar. 11 - Iran confirmed on Monday reports in the Swedish press that it had expelled a Swedish diplomat working in Tehran.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Adm. William Fallon, the top U.S. commander for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, will retire because of misperceptions he disagrees with the Bush administration on Iran,

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: March 11, 2008
The face of a Hezbollah commander who was killed in Syria last month will be on a new postage stamp, the official IRNA news agency reported

By Joby WarrickWashington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Iranian nuclear engineer Mohsen Fakhrizadeh lectures weekly on physics at Tehran's Imam Hossein University. Yet for more than a decade,

A top Hamas official has confirmed reports that members of the militant Palestinian political organization have received military training in Iran.

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Defense Secretary Robert Gates chose not to comment Monday on a magazine article that says the commander of US forces in the Middle East may soon be replaced because of his opposition to war with Iran

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran issued a stamp Monday in commemoration of a top Hezbollah commander wanted by the U.S. who was killed in a car bombing in Syria last month, the official news agency IRNA reported.

The Sunday Telegraph
By Angus McDowall
In a shadowy White House briefing room hung with maps of the Persian Gulf, Senator John McCain is meeting a perfidious cabal of spies and businessmen, including the international financier George Soros, to plot regime change in Iran.

By Borzou Daragahi, Mon. 10 Mar 2008 , Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
BAGHDAD -- A high-ranking U.S. military officer Sunday described new details of allegations that Iran is meddling in Iraq, accusing the Islamic Republic of training Iraqi operatives to direct militants in their homeland

Intelligence Ministry produces the film Khatt-e Siyah [The Black Line] in order to prove the guilt of imprisoned student activists in publishing "insulting student magazines.".....Read the full article in farsi: http://www.ayandeh.com/pageKhabar.php?news_id=3887

The Sunday Times/Marie Colvin
A Hamas leader admits hundreds of his fighters have been travelling to Tehran....

Wife of King Untash-Napirasha who built many great buildings and temples in the area including, the Choga Zanbil near Sush (Susa). Her well preserved and headless status was discovered at Susa and is currently at the Louvre Museum in Paris. She is dressed in the same outfit as the Elamite goddess Pinikir and very likely served and represented this divinity at the temple of Ninhursag where she was discovered.

TEHRAN, Iran - A moderate earthquake and several aftershocks rattled a remote area in eastern Iran on Sunday morning, cracking walls and forcing some to seek shelter in tents, state media reported. No injuries were immediately reported.

Sunday, March 9, 2008 Tehran Times: Political Desk The United States said on Wednesday it was not prepared for the fourth round of talks with Iran.....

No Hejab No. 1
Maryam Namazie
When you think about apartheid, you can’t help but remember the anti-apartheid movement of the 70s and 80s. At the time, there was hardly anyone who lived in the West and hadn’t joined a demonstration or sit-in, signed a petition, written a letter of protest, worn an anti-apartheid badge..................

Sat, 8 Mar 2008/ To commemorate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Equal Rights Now, an organisation for women's rights in Iran, are holding a seminar, Sexual apartheid, political Islam and women's rights at Conway Hall on Monday 10 March from 6:30-9:30pm. The Council of Ex-Muslims will also be launching its “No to Sharia” campaign at the same event.

03/07/08/ Amnesty International joins The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) in calling for the immediate and unconditional release from prison of trade union leaders Mansour Ossanlu, President of the Tehran Bus Workers' Union, and Mahmoud Salehi, the spokesperson for the Organisational Committee to Establish Trade Unions. Both are prisoners of conscience.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) By ALI AKBAR DAREINI — A senior member of Iran's hard-line clerical establishment urged voters to pick anti-American candidates for parliament in a Friday speech seen as reflecting the views of the country's supreme leader.

Seattle, WA 03/07/08 - Susan Amini, a dedicated lawyer who has spent years helping the disadvantaged, is currently a candidate for the position of Superior Court Position 1 in King County (Seattle),

March 08, 2008
Whither Osama?
By Jon Caruthers American Thinker
That's the $25 million question, isn't it?

Friday, 7 March 2008 An Iranian lesbian who fled to Britain after her girlfriend was arrested and sentenced to death faces being forcibly returned ............

A gay teenager who sought sanctuary in Britain when his boyfriend was executed in Iran is battling authorities who want to return him to his home country.

LONDON (AFP) -Thu Mar 6/ Iran may not have ended efforts to develop a nuclear weapon, despite a US intelligence report that Tehran shelved its atomic arms plans in 2003, a senior British diplomat was quoted as saying Thursday.

RUSSIA TELLS IRAN TO 'FACE REALITY'
Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin, who chairs the Security Council during March, said on March 4, one day after that body approved new sanctions against Iran

Hi Everyone,

I've been away for a few months and not able to post, however I am back and will be posting regularly. The human rights situation in Iran is worse then ever, with numerous political activists being sentenced to death. There are numerous active campaigns going on in that regard as well and I will be posting information, letters from prisons and the most recent news to keep everyone updated. Hope you will visit my blog regularly and help me in raising the voices of activists inside Iran.

Wednesday, 05 March 2008 Wednesday, 05 March 2008
NCRI – Mr. Iyad Jamaluddin, a Shiite member of the Iraqi National Assembly and leading member in an interview with Al-Arabiya TV station dismissed Iranian regime’s claims on the presence of members of the main Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Iraq. Their stay in our country is based on International law.

March5/2008
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson accused Iranian banks of deception on Wednesday and said the U.S. Treasury was pressuring foreign banks dealing with Tehran to respect United Nations sanctions.

US denies new Iraq talks with Iran March 5/ 2008
BAGHDAD - Iraqi and Iranian officials said that the U.S. and Iran planned to meet Thursday for their fourth discussion on Iraqi security, but the U.S. said no meeting was planned.

TEHRAN (AFP) - Iranian and US officials will hold their fourth round of talks on security in Iraq in Baghdad on Thursday, the ISNA news agency quoted the head of Iran's delegation Reza Amiri Moghaddam as sayi

Wed Mar 5 UNITED NATIONS - Russia to neighbor and friend Iran: Study the incentives the world's key powers are offering — including improved relations with the United States — and suspend uranium enrichment as the U.N. Security Council is demanding.

Iranian Futurist [03 Mar 2008]
پروين اردلان برنده جايزه معتبر اولاف پالمه بامداد روز دوشنبه هنگام سفر از تهران به استهکلم برای شرکت در مراسم اهدای اين جايزه ممنوع الخروج شد.

بنا بر گزارش سايت «تغيير برای برابری»، پروين اردلان که برای شرکت در مراسم اهدای جايزه اولاف پالمه عازم استکهلم بود پس از انجام تشريفات قانونی خروج از کشور و سوار شدن به هواپيما، با حکم دادستانی تهران از هواپيما پياده شد و پس از آن نيز گذرنامه وی ضبط شد.

خانم اردلان به اين سايت نزديک به فعالان حقوق زنان در ايران گفته است: «من نه ممنوع الخروج بودم و نه هنگام کنترل گذرنامه در اين زمينه صحبتی با من شد، اما بعد از آن که سوار هواپيما شدم، اسمم از بلندگوی هواپيما اعلام شد و با آمدن ماموران فرودگاه، به کادر پرواز اير فرانس گفته شد که من ممنوع الخروج هستم، و نمی توانم از ايران خارج شوم.»

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer
Tue Mar 4, TEHRAN, Iran - Iran vowed to push ahead with uranium enrichment Tuesday, a day after the U.N. Security Council passed a third round of sanctions that Tehran called "worthless" and politically biased......

WASHINGTON (Reuters)Tue Mar 4 - Iran may pose the greatest long-term threat to Iraq's stability, a U.S. general said on Tuesday, the day after Iran's president wrapped up a visit to Baghdad.

The Washington Post
Tuesday, March 4, 2008; A15
The U.N. Security Council has imposed three rounds of sanctions against Iran in an attempt to curtail the country's nuclear ambitions, but U.S. efforts to isolate Tehran through tough, broad U.N. resolutions have yielded relatively incremental measures that mainly target Iran's most sensitive nuclear activities.

MOSCOW (Reuters) Tue. 04 Mar 2008- Russia urged Iran on Tuesday to abide by the latest U.N. Security Council resolution which imposed a third round of sanctions on the Islamic Republic for its refusal to suspend sensitive nuclear activities.

OTTAWA (AFP) —Tue. 04 Mar 2008 Canada's foreign affairs minister on Monday praised the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution imposing additional sanctions against Iran for its refusal to halt disputed nuclear work.

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran rejected a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing new sanctions as "worthless" and vowed to move ahead with its uranium enrichment program Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House on Tuesday urged the international community to implement the tough new sanctions against Iran approved one day earlier by the United Nations Security Council.

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The former number two US commander in Iraq charged Tuesday that Iran is still training, funding and arming Shiite extremists in Iraq, with the aim of keeping a weak government in Baghdad.

The New York Times Published: March 4, 2008
TEHRAN: Iran's government might block private access to the Internet on its election day, March 14, two Iranian news outlets reported Monday.
But the two accounts appeared to differ on the rationale.
"Shutting down the Internet service will depend on security plans and on the Ministry of Telecommunication," said Mostafa Pourmohammadi, the interior minister, according to the daily newspaper Etemad Melli......

Mon Mar 3
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Monday condemned Iran's decision to sentence in her absence a US-Iranian journalist to one year in prison, and demanded Tehran drop the charges against her.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council imposed another round of sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment, but Iran defiantly vowed Monday to continue its nuclear program despite the nearly unanimous censuring vote.....

by Gerard Aziakou
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The Security Council tightened UN sanctions on Iran Monday for refusing to halt nuclear fuel work as six major powers offered to resume talks with the Islamic Republic to end the standoff.

The Associated PressPublished: March 3, 2008
Iranian-American Parnaz Azima was not in Iran during the court action Saturday. She now has the difficult choice of deciding whether to return to Tehran, where she had to forfeit the deed to her mother's home to raise the bail needed to be released from custody.

IRNA - 3/3/08

Tehran, Iran, Feb. 25 - Twenty students have been arrested at the Industrial University of Shahrood, northern Iran, in the course of a protest which has entered its sixth day, Iran Focus has learnt.
More than 3,000 students took part in the protest in the town’s main street on Saturday and Sunday, calling on the government to pay attention to their demands regarding the university's administration, a student activist requesting anonymity told Iran Focus in an email interview.

JERUSALEM (AFP) - The Israeli army on Monday said that all the long-range rockets fired by Gaza militants against southern Israel during the latest round of violence were manufactured in arch-foe Iran.
Speaking to the parliament's powerful foreign affairs and defence committee, a senior military intelligence official said that over 20 Katyusha-type rockets, also known as Grad, were fired against Israel since last Thursday.
"We are talking about regular Iranian-made rockets," an official quoted the intelligence official as saying.

By Simon Morgan AFP - - The UN's atomic watchdog pressed Iran on Monday to clear up allegations that it was involved in covert nuclear weapons work as the UN Security Council prepared to tighten sanctions on Tehran.
"I urge Iran to be as active and as cooperative as possible in working with the agency to clarify this matter of serious concern," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohammed ElBaradei said.

The influence of Iran's theocratic Shiite regime has risen sharply around the Middle East in recent years, driven by surging oil revenues and the replacement of its traditional rival, the Sunni-dominated government of Saddam Hussein, by an Iraqi state led by a coalition of Shiite parties who are all friendly with Tehran.......

International Atomic Energy Agency to look at alleged Iranian nuclear weapons activities

Sunday, March 2
(Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left for a landmark visit to Iraq on Sunday, saying the trip was designed to strengthen Iraqi security and expand economic ties between the neighbouring countries.

Sunday, March 2 By Sky News
A military strike against Iran is unlikely to succeed and could provoke a violent backlash across the region, MPs warned today.
The Commons Foreign Affairs Committee urged the Government to use its influence with Washington to persuade the US administration to "engage" diplomatically with the Iranians over their controversial nuclear programme.

By Adrian Croft Reuters - Sunday, March 2
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran retains nuclear weapons ambitions and there is a "strong possibility" it could be in a position to quickly make a nuclear bomb by 2015, MPs said on Sunday.

AFP - Sunday, March 2
CRAWFORD, Texas (AFP) - US President George W. Bush on Saturday warned his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to "stop exporting terror" ahead of the Iranian leader's historic visit to Iraq.

AFP - Saturday, March 1
TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran said on Saturday it is boycotting this year's Paris book fair in protest at Israel being invited as guest of honour, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

Iran: Kurdish Teacher Tortured, Sentenced to Death

Another minor "offender" could be exeuted soon.

Iran Human Rights, February 28:
According to the reports from "Democracy and Human Rights Activists in Iran" Ms. Shahbano Nedam (50) is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday 5. March in Tehran’s Evin prison. She is accused of killing her husband 11 years ago. An accusation she denies. She is in the section 3 of the Evin prison, where she has been in the past 11 years, and has been told by the authorities that she will be executed on March 5.

TEHRAN (AFP) - Iranian security forces arrested 10 people who clashed with police in Tehran after they arrested a woman deemed to be badly veiled as part of a moral crackdown, a deputy police chief said on Friday.

"A sister was warned over her dress but she resisted. She refused to cooperate while being transferred to the patrol car and made a scene," the ISNA news agency quoted Commander Hossein Zolfaghari as saying.

"Some people were affected by the noise and clashed with the police and were eventually arrested," he said.

Iran says new UN sanctions would be illegal
2 hours ago

TEHRAN (AFP)

Before U.N. vote, Iran says atomic work won't stop

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