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December 1, 2000

Democrats honor student movemeent

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - The World Movement for Democracy, a global network of democratic activists who are meeting this week in São Paulo, honored five groups who have shown exceptional courage in their work for freedom and democracy at an evening program held yesterday at the American Chamber of Commerce, São Paulo. Iran's Pro-democracy Student Movement has spearheaded the Iranian people's struggle for basic freedoms, including the rights of free assembly and freedom of expression >>> FULL TEXT



* Democrats honor student movemeent
* Akbar Ganji on trial names names in serial murders case
* Ganji tries to turn tables on Iranian justice system
* Iran arrests distributors of report on dissident killings
* Ganji acuses officials
* Sazgara's letter to Khamenei
* Press court bans leading youth magazine
* Press board approves 17 new publications
* Parliament asked to recognize Armenian 'genocide'
* Kurdish MP accuses Iran's regime of repression, murders
* 2,000 students rally in Tehran for Khatami's reforms
* Reformists call for open trial of suspected assassins
* 18 to be tried for serial murders

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November 30, 2000

Akbar Ganji on trial names names in serial murders case

TEHRAN, Nov 30 (AFP) - A reformist journalist on trial in Tehran Thursday accused a senior judge of ordering the murder of a communist militant and a group of conservative clerics of being behind other killings of dissidents and intellectuals. Akbar Ganji named names at his trial before a revolutionary court over his participation with other reformists at a conference in Berlin in April which was deemed un-Islamic by conservative Iranian authorities >>> FULL TEXT


Ganji tries to turn tables on Iranian justice system

TEHRAN, Nov 30 (AFP) - The trial of a key figure in a controversial conference deemed "anti-Islamic" edged towards farce Thursday as he blamed Iran's authorities for letting him attend, charging them with double standards. Journalist Akbar Ganji was appearing before Tehran's revolutionary court for the second time in the trial over the conference on Iran held in Berlin in early April, for which 17 others are also facing prosecution >>> FULL TEXT


Iran arrests distributors of report on dissident killings

TEHRAN, Nov 30 (AFP) - Iran has arrested several people charged with distributing an 80-page report which implicates a number of authorities in the shock 1998 serial murders of several dissidents and intellectuals, press reports said Thursday. The centrist Entekhab paper cited Intelligence Minister Ali Yunessi as saying that several people, accused of distributing the undercover "night letter", had been identifed and arrested recently >>> FULL TEXT


Ganji Accuses Official

November 30, 2000 TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- In a daring allegation, Iran's leading investigative journalist on Thursday accused former Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahian of ordering the killing of political dissidents two years ago. In court, Ganji also openly challenged Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei >>> FULL TEXT




November 29, 2000

Press court bans leading youth magazine

TEHRAN, Nov 29 (AFP) - Iran's conservative-run press court on Tuesday banned the nation's largest-circulation youth magazine, Iran-e Javan, its director Behrouz Behzadi told AFP. "This magazine was like my own child," Behzadi said after the Tehran court closed the popular weekly, whose circulation of 100,000 he said made it the top-selling magazine in Iran >>> FULL TEXT


Press board approves 17 new publications

TEHRAN, Nov 28 (AFP) - Iran's culture ministry, a target of conservative anger over its handling of the press, has given the green light to more than a dozen new publications, the official IRNA news agency said Tuesday. It said the ministry's press supervisory board on Monday approved 17 new publications on various topics, including economics, politics, psychology and science. None of the permits were for daily newspapers >>> FULL TEXT


Parliament asked to recognize Armenian 'genocide'

TEHRAN, Nov 29 (AFP) - Armenian members of the Iranian parliament are to ask the assembly to recognise Turkey's 1915-17 "genocide" of Armenians, the centrist daily Entekhab reported Wednesday. The two representatives of Iran's more than 200,000 citizens of Armenian origin want the Iranian parliament to follow similar moves elsewhere, notably in the European parliament >>> FULL TEXT


November 28, 2000

Kurdish MP accuses Iran's regime of repression, murders

TEHRAN, Nov 28 (AFP) - A Kurdish Iranian MP launched an unprecedented attack on the floor of parliament Tuesday, accusing the regime of murder and religious repression of the nation's minority Sunni Muslim Kurds. Jalal Jalalizadeh, who represents the Kurdistan provincial capital of Sanandaj, denounced what he called a "campaign of repression, serial murders, and the banning of the faith" of the Sunni Kurds >>> FULL TEXT


November 27, 2000

2,000 students rally in Tehran for Khatami's reforms

TEHRAN, Nov 26 (AFP) - More than 2,000 students gathered on a Tehran campus Sunday for a rally that brought reformists and dissidents together for a heated denunciation of the conservatives in Iran's clerical regime. Supporters of reformist President Mohammad Khatami heard a series of often fiery speeches attacking the powerful conservative current that has hobbled the president's moves to liberalise Iranian society >>> FULL TEXT


Reformists call for open trial of suspected assassins

TEHRAN, Nov 27 (AFP) - The largest reformist party called Monday for the courts to make public next month's long-awaited trial of the suspected assassins of five dissidents and intellectuals in 1998. The Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF), headed by President Mohammad Khatami's brother Mohammad-Reza, said the case was a "big test" for the conservative-run judiciary >>> FULL TEXT


18 to be tried for serial murders

TEHRAN, Nov 24 (AFP) - Eighteen people will go on trial in Iran on December 23 for the killing of five political dissidents in late 1998, state television quoted the deputy head of the judiciary as saying Thursday. "Three of the 18 will be tried as the principals in the murders and the 15 others as accomplices," Hojatoleslam Hadi Marvi said >>> FULL TEXT


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