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Human Rights
July 17-21, 2000 / Tir 27-31, 1379

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* Remaining three Iranian Jews submit appeals
* Iran Jews defense files appeal
* Court holds second hearing for pro-reform lawyers
* IRNA reports threats from fundamentalists
* Khatami's brother summoned to court
* Reformist newspaper boss convicted
* Culture minister publishes new edition of book on Rushdie
* Kadivar freed, Baghi jailed
* Students stage sit-in
* Pressure mounts on courts after verdict
* Iran wants return of its diaspora

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July 20, 2000

Remaining three Iranian Jews convicted of espionage submit appeals

TEHRAN, July 20 (AFP) - All 10 Iranian Jews sentenced to prison earlier this month for involvement in an alleged Israeli espionage ring have now submitted appeals after three of them filed motions Thursday, chief defence lawyer Ismail Nasseri told AFP. The legal requests will be forwarded to an appeals court within a week, he said >>> FULL TEXT


July 19, 2000

Iran Jews defense files appeal

TEHRAN, July 19 (AFP) - Seven of the 10 Iranian Jews sentenced to prison earlier this month after allegations of spying for Israel submitted appeals Wednesday, their chief defence lawyer told AFP. "This morning, we submitted our requests for seven of the men, and will submit the appeal for Hamid Teflin, Farzad Kashi and Asher Zadmehr on Thursday," Ismail Nasseri said >>> FULL TEXT


Court holds second hearing for pro-reform lawyers

TEHRAN, July 19 (AFP) - An Iranian court held a second hearing Wednesday for two of the country's leading pro-reform lawyers, who are charged with producing videocassettes that implicated top fundamentalists in terrorism, the state news agency IRNA reported. No details were given about the closed-door hearing on Mohsen Rahami and Shirin Ebadi, who are being tried along with six other people for making videocassettes in which a conservative militant described government leaders' roles in violence >>> FULL TEXT


IRNA reports threats from fundamentalists

TEHRAN, July 19 (AFP) - Iran's official IRNA news agency said Wednesday it has been flooded over the past two days by threatening anonymous phone calls from Islamic fundamentalist circles. IRNA said the "organized threatening phone calls" came after the agency criticized the conservative Kayhan daily >>> FULL TEXT


July 18, 2000

Khatami's brother summoned to court

TEHRAN, July 18 (AFP) - Two leading members of Iran's Islamic Participation Front (IIPF), including Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's brother, have been summoned by Tehran's judiciary, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday. Mohammad-Reza Khatami, head of the left-wing reformist coalition that dominates parliament, and Mohsen Mirdamadi, head of parliament's national security and foreign policy council, must appear at Tehran's central court on Wednesday, IRNA said >>> FULL TEXT


Reformist newspaper boss convicted

TEHRAN, July 18 (AFP) - An Iranian jury Monday found the editor of the banned reformist daily Arya guilty, after only his second appearance before the press court, according to a statement released by Tehran's Palace of Justice. "The jury found Hamid Reza Zohdi guilty of provoking public opinion by publishing false information, defamation and insults, notably of violating the election law in his newspaper," said the statement as quoted by the official news agency IRNA >>> FULL TEXT


Culture minister, Ataollah Mohajerani, publishes new edition of book on Rushdie

TEHRAN, July 17 (AFP) - A new edition has been issued of Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani's book on Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses," in which the Iranian official says the British novelist's work is part of a plot against Islam. The 12th run of Mohajerani's book, which has just hit Tehran bookstores, examines Rushdie's book "in the historical context of the battle between the West and Islam." >>> FULL TEXT


July 17, 2000

Kadivar freed, Baghi jailed

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Reformist cleric Mohsen Kadivar, a leading theoretician of Iran's Islamic modernist movement, has been released from jail after serving an 18-month sentence for political and religious dissent. But Iranian newspapers Monday quoted him as saying his release was temporary and that he expected new charges from the same clerical court that convicted him in 1998 >>> FULL TEXT


Students stage sit-in

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Leaders of Iran's largest student group began a sit-in outside the parliament buildings Sunday to protest the acquittal of police forces on charges of storming a student hostel last July. Eight leaders of the pro-reform Office for Fostering Unity sat on blankets in front of the reformist-dominated parliament, or Majlis, to demand justice and denounce the ``judiciary's double-standard practices.'' >>> FULL TEXT


Pressure mounts on courts after verdict

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's biggest student movement staged a sit-in outside parliament Sunday, part of mounting pressure on the judiciary after the acquittal of police charged with the bloody suppression of a campus protest last year. Seven leaders of the Office to Consolidate Unity (OCU) sat quietly on a blanket, fasting in the hot summer sunshine in protest at the court's acquittal of Tehran's former police chief, for an attack on students on July 8-9, 1999, sparking the worst social unrest in almost two decades >>> FULL TEXT


Iran wants return of its diaspora

TEHRAN, July 15 (AFP) - The government of President Mohammad Khatami has stepped up its appeals in the last few weeks for the return of Iranian exiles who fled to Europe and the United States after the 1979 Islamic revolution. "Twenty years after the revolution, the leaders and Iranian citizens living in the west have a common concern, which is the welfare of Iranian children born abroad," the Bahar newspaper, which is close to the presidency, said Saturday >>> 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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