Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  346 May 2010
Iran Update
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We are delighted to present you with the current issue of Iran Update, a publication of International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI).    
Released prisoners pressured by interrogators to act as regime spies
HRDAI
4 May 2010

According to reports received by Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran (HRDAI), Intelligence Ministry interrogators continue to torment prisoners and their families with their illegal actions, even after they are released on bail. Intelligence Ministry interrogators at Ward 209 of Evin prison continue to call released prisoners and their families, demanding to meet in unusual places such as parks and hotels. The majority of such meetings are held at Laleh Hotel, and the purpose of the meeting is to force the prisoner to spy on behalf of the Regime.
Younger girls and women, and sometimes male prisoners are the target of such criminal and inhumane methods. If the released prisoner or his/her family objects to their demand, the interrogator will subsequently threaten them by saying that their actions will affect their court rulings. However, the phone calls do not stop, and other members of the family are also contacted on their cell phones, often three to four times a day.
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Maryam Rajavi: Workers' uprising for justice on May Day shows nation arisen to bring mullahs down
NCRI
2 May 2010
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, lauded the uprising by, and solidarity among, Iranian workers, teachers, students and young people against the clerical dictatorship on International Workers' Day. She said: The protests against the regime with chants of "Down with Khamenei" and "down with the dictator" neutralized the regime's suppressive ploys designed to prevent rallies. These protests foretell of a nation's cry for freedom and workers' perseverance to attain their rights.
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Widespread May Day protests in Iran, chants of 'death to Khamenei'
ISDCI
1 May 2010
The NCRI published 15 reports on May Day protests in Tehran, Esfahan, Homayounshahr, Dastgerd and Falavarjan, Sanadaj and other cities in Iran. Teachers, workers and students associations marked the day with protests against the Iranian regime and clashes broke out as security forces moved to violently suppress the demonstrations. The protesters chanted 'death to Khamenei,' targeting the regime's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei.
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Amnesty International urges action for imminent execution of Jafar Kazemi
Amnesty International
Urgent Action
30 April 2010
IMMINENT RISK OF EXECUTION IN IRAN
An Iranian man, Ja'far Kazemi, is at imminent risk of execution for his alleged participation in anti-government demonstrations and for his alleged contact with banned opposition group the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI). He could be executed at any time.
Ja'far Kazemi,aged 47,was arrested on 18 or 19 September 2009, after mass anti-government protests which took place on 18 September, and was taken to Evin prison in Tehran. He was accused of participating in the protests, which were attended by hundreds of thousands of people, but was not accused of committing any violent acts. He was sentenced to death for "enmity against God", and is also believed to have been convicted of "propaganda against the system". He was tried with at least one other man, Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei, who is believed to have faced similar charges, but Amnesty International has no information about whether he has been sentenced to death. Ja'far Kazemi is reported to have been interrogated by security forces for months, and was pressured to make a televised "confession", which he refused to do. On 26 April 2010, he learned that his death sentence had been confirmed by an appeal court. His lawyer, who has had limited access to her client, has requested that the Head of the Judiciary's office conducts an extraordinary review. The execution can still go ahead at any time unless this request is accepted.
Ja'far Kazemi was previously imprisoned for membership of the PMOI in the 1980s or 1990s. One of his sons is a PMOI member and lives in Camp Ashraf, which houses PMOI members in Iraq. Others under sentence of death in connection with the post-election protests are Amir Reza Arefi, Mohammad Amin Valian, Motahareh (Simin) Bahrami, her husband Mohsen Daneshpour Moghaddam, their son Ahmad Daneshpour and two friends Hadi Gha'emi and Rayhaneh Haj Ebrahim, a woman, and Abdolreza Ghanbari.
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Sanctions on Iran have failed. The US must target its oil
Sanctions on Iran have failed. The US must target its oil
Sanctions on Iran have failed. The US must target its oil
Sanctions on Iran have failed. The US must target its oil
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