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May 10-14, 1999 / Ordibehesht 20-24, 1378

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* Editor of communist newsletter quits


* Opposition figures pledge to expose murderers
* Two political prisoners executed - group
* Khamenei declines to pardon jailed Tehran mayor
* Khatami calls for greater tolerance
* Demonstrators clash over jailing of liberal cleric
* Judiciary chief calls for stricter press controls
* Tehran's former mayor jailed on corruption charges

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May 13, 1999

* Editor of communist newsletter quits

May 13, 1999 (Press Release) - Laila Danesh, editor of Iranian Communist Workers Party's "The International" newsletter, has quit in protest against the policies of party ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

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May 12, 1999

* Opposition figures pledge to expose former minister's murderers

May 11, 1999 (Neshat) - Three hundred and twenty five political and cultural personalities have issued a statement marking the passage of 170 days since the murder of [former labour minister] Daryush and [his wife] Parvaneh Foruhar. The statement, in part, says: "Like-minded people of this land, once again, raise their cry for justice against the ill-tempered cowards, whose criminal deed has bereaved the Iranian nation. We are impatiently waiting for the open trial of those who directed, planned and perpetrated these horrific crimes." ... FULL TEXT

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* Two political prisoners executed - group

May 11, (ORWI) - Two political prisoners were executed last week after years of imprisonment, the Democratic Party of Kurdistan reported ... FULL TEXT

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May 11, 1999

* Khamenei declines to pardon jailed Tehran mayor

TEHRAN, May 11 (Reuters) - Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has rejected calls to issue a pardon for Tehran's former moderate mayor, who was jailed after being convicted for graft. In a letter read in parliament on Tuesday, Khamenei said: ``The authority to resolve such matters lies with the judiciary, and it is in the good of the country and the people if legal rulings are not undermined with different motives.'' ... FULL TEXT

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* Khatami calls for greater tolerance

TEHRAN, May 11 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami appealed to the various political factions in the country on Tuesday to stop viewing each other as "rivals" and to display greater tolerance. "The various factions should refrain from making certain issues bigger than they are in order to drive out their rivals from the scene," the official IRNA news agency quoted Khatami as saying during a meeting with senior clerics in Tehran ... FULL TEXT

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May 10, 1999

* Demonstrators clash over jailing of liberal cleric

TEHRAN, May 9 (AFP) - Iranian fundamentalists disrupted a demonstration by moderate students on Sunday over the jailing of a liberal cleric accused of spreading propoganda hostile to the Islamic regime. Around 700 students gathered at Tehran university to call for the release of Mohsen Kadivar, a leading light of the reform movement in Iran who began an 18-month jail term last month ... FULL TEXT

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As of December 31, 1998 (Committee to Protect Journalists) - Since President Muhammad Khatemi took office in August 1997, Iran's press has benefited from his agenda of social and political reforms. Newspapers are now tackling political subjects that would have been unthinkable only a year earlier. But almost as quickly as journalists realized their new freedoms, the press found itself the target of a relentless attacks from hard-line supporters of Iran's spiritual guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ... FULL TEXT


Missing: Pirouz Davani

A special web page has been created for Pirouz Davani, a political activist who left his home in Tehran on the 25th of August 1998 and has not been heard from since. On the 27th of August foreign radio stations quoted reports that he had been arrested ... GO TO WEB SITE



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