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Dec 3-7, 2000 / Azar 13-17, 1379

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* Cartoonist regrets "extremism"
* Tehran rejects UN human rights resolution
* Top Iran judge to challenge murder accusations by Akbar Ganji
* U.N. General Assembly raps Iran on rights abuses
* Kin of slain writers freed
* Judge, defense attorney clash over evidence in dissident's trial
* Berlin seminar aimed at overthrowing regime, court told
* Interior ministry bans annual student demonstration

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December 7, 2000

Students urge president Khatami to be bolder

TEHRAN, Dec 6 (AFP) - Groups of students who loudly acclaimed Iranian President Mohammad Khatami Wednesday at Tehran university want "more boldness" of their leader in facing up to the conservatives. "Khatami has the right to a second chance. But he needs to be bolder to face off the conservatives, who failed completely in the elections, but still hang on to power," said Somayeh Sarighadam, a literature student >>> FULL TEXT


December 6, 2000

Cartoonist regrets "extremism"

Tehran (Hambastegi) -- "We went too fast," says cartoonist Nikahang Kosar, whose cartoons critical of the conservatives have caused him legal troubles >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


December 5, 2000

Tehran rejects UN human rights resolution

TEHRAN, Dec 5 (AFP) - Iran energetically rejected Tuesday a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly a day earlier expressing "deep concerns" about press freedom in Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported. "This resolution, voted by a small majority of the UN General Assembly, is too categorical and does not correspond to the reality of Iranian society", IRNA quoted foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Assefi >>> FULL TEXT


December 4, 2000

Top Iran judge to challenge murder accusations by Akbar Ganji

TEHRAN, Dec 4 (AFP) - The head of a powerful Tehran clerical court said Monday he would defend himself against recent allegations by a top journalist implicating him in the 1998 killing of a communist militant in Iran. Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei, the head of the conservative-run Special Court for Clergy (SCC) said he would "soon" respond to the accusation made by jailed journalist Akbar Ganji in late November >>> FULL TEXT


U.N. General Assembly raps Iran on rights abuses

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Rebuking Iran on a series of human rights abuses, the U.N. General Assembly narrowly adopted a resolution on Monday calling on Tehran to end torture, particularly amputations. The vote was 67 in favor, 54 against with 46 abstentions on the resolution that chastised Iran for executions, a crackdown on freedom of speech and press, and discrimination against religious minorities, such as the Bahais. Last year the Assembly voted 61-47-51 on a similar measure >>> FULL TEXT


Kin of slain writers freed

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian authorities have released eight relatives and friends of slain dissident writers after detaining them for four days, a relative said Monday. The eight - among hundreds of people who attended a ceremony Thursday marking the second anniversary of the death of dissident writer Majid Sharif - were released Sunday, political activist Habibollah Peyman told The Associated Press >>> FULL TEXT


Judge, defense attorney clash over evidence in dissident's trial

TEHRAN, Dec 3 (AFP) - The judge and a defense attorney in the trial of 18 reformists for endangering state security by attending a conference in Berlin clashed Saturday over whether a document found at one defendant's home was classified. The "confidential document was destined for the Ministry of Information and for Justice and should not have been found" at the home of journalist and defendant, Akbar Ganji, said Hassan Ahmadi-Moqadessi, the revolutionary court's chief judge >>> FULL TEXT


Berlin seminar aimed at overthrowing regime, court told

TEHRAN, Dec 3 (AFP) - Reformists on trial for attending a controversial conference in Berlin faced the prospect of heavier punishment Sunday after the prosecution claimed the aim of the seminar was to overthrow Iran's Islamic regime. Revolutionary court prosecutor Abdollah Sharifi revealed the accusation for the first time when he read the charge sheet for one of the interpreters at the April conference, Khalil Rostam-Khani >>> FULL TEXT


Interior ministry bans annual student demonstration

TEHRAN, Dec 3 (AFP) - The interior ministry has forbidden a student demonstration planned to take place in Tehran on December 6 to mark the annual "Students Day," press reports said here Sunday. The interior ministry, charged with giving permits for all kinds of rallies, notably those of a political nature, rejected the student request, papers said, adding that the police had also issued a ban on "all gatherings." >>> FULL TEXT


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