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Feb 1-5, 1999 / Bahman 12-16, 1377

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* Iranian refugee groups occupy UN office
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* Changing role for the women of Islamic Iran

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* Foruhar murders: Details
* Bitter battle over landmark poll
* Adineh's violated "public morals"
* Arash Farouhar on Iran's struggle for freedom
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* Former official says press freedom threatened
* Press reformer resigns

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Friday
February 5, 1999

* Iranian refugee groups occupy UN office

Feb 5, 1999, (International Federation of Iranian Refugees) - On February 4, 1999, at 11:10am, the International Federation of Iranian Refugees - Netherlands Branch and several others refugee groups occupied the office of the United Nations in the Hague for several hours. The occupation was in protest to the January 22 discussions of the Dutch Council of Ministers regarding the new report on Iran from the Minister of Foreign Affairs which cites only certain categories of persons as "still running the risk of persecution." ... FULL TEXT

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* Artists condemn attacks

Tehran (IRNA) - A group of some 100 artists have condemned attacks launched by (conservative) newspapers against the theater feastival during the anniversary of the revolution. One newspaper compared the festival with the Shiraz arts festival in the Shah's era ... IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

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* Changing role for the women of Islamic Iran

TEHRAN, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The sphere of influence of Iranian women has long been confined to the family, but today any political force eyeing a hold on power needs to attend to their ever-increasing demands for greater rights. Twenty years after millions of women took part in nationwide demonstrations that overthrew Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a new breed of Iranian women are calling for improved civil rights as well as a larger say in politics and the economy under a president they helped elect ... FULL TEXT

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Thursday
February 4, 1999

* Foruhar murders: Details

PARIS, Feb 2, 1999, (Iran Press Service) - The double wire tapping of the residence of the murdered Foruhar couple by different, competing sections of the Information (Intelligence) Ministry led to the identification of the killers and the subsequent humiliating admission by the Islamic regime of Iran that itself is the master killer of Iranian opponents, according to well informed sources and investigations run by the Iran Press Service ... FULL TEXT

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Wednesday
February 3, 1999

* Bitter battle over landmark poll overshadows Iranian anniversary

TEHRAN, Feb 3 (AFP) - Iran's sqabbling political factions continued a bitter war of words on Wednesday over the country's first ever municipal elections, despite repeated calls for unity on the Islamic regime's 20th anniversary. The landmark vote, due on February 26, is considered the Islamic regime's first great test in local democracy, and has provoked a violent squabble between supporters of reformist President Mohammad Khatami and conservatives who have striven to bar radicals and moderates from standing as candidates ... FULL TEXT

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* Adineh's violated "public morals"

TEHRAN, Feb 3 (AFP) - Iranian judicial authorities banned a liberal magazine accusing it of printing false material and violating "public morals." The controversial liberal review had recently printed a series of articles condoning free relations between men and women, forbidden by Islam, and deploring the absence of joy in Iranian society. One of these explained that "joy and pleasure have died in Iranian society where laughter is considered a sin." ... FULL TEXT

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* Arash Farouhar on Iran's struggle for freedom

Feb 3 1999, (The Washington Post)- Two decades after Iran's Islamic Revolution scrambled political and religious landscapes of the Middle East and of Muslim states beyond, Arash Farouhar, 30, the son of Iranian dissidents who were stabbed to death late last year, offered a glimpse into the unresolved and heroic struggle for freedom and democracy in his country ... FULL TEXT

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Tuesday
February 2, 1999

* Court bans liberal Adineh magazine

TEHRAN, Feb 2 (Reuters) - An Iranian court has banned a liberal cultural journal after it found its editor guilty of lies and dissemination of corruption, the official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday. ``Branch 1410 of Tehran court found the managing director of 'Adineh' bi-weekly, Gholam Hussein Zakeri, guilty of insult and dissemination of lies and corrupt articles,'' IRNA said ... FULL TEXT

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* Former official says press freedom threatened

TEHRAN, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Iran's former top press official, a noted moderate, has compared the country's new-found press freedom to a young tree about to be uprooted, newspapers reported on Tuesday. Moderate newspapers, many of which started publishing after the 1997 election of moderate President Mohammad Khatami, have expressed concern that Ahmad Bourqani's departure might signal a more restrictive atmosphere against the press ... FULL TEXT ... ALSO SEE FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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Monday
February 1, 1999

* Press reformer resigns

Jan 30, 1999 (BBC) - A senior Iranian official who's been overseeing reforms to extend press freedom has resigned. The Deputy Minister for the Press, Ahmad Borghani, had been under attack from conservatives for his liberal views about the freedom of expression. He particularly angered the conservatives last year over his opposition to the banning of several liberal newspapers ... FULL TEXT

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Arash Forouhar

Arash Farouhar on Iran's struggle for freedom

Feb 3 1999, (The Washington Post)- Two decades after Iran's Islamic Revolution scrambled political and religious landscapes of the Middle East and of Muslim states beyond, Arash Farouhar, 30, the son of Iranian dissidents who were stabbed to death late last year, offered a glimpse into the unresolved and heroic struggle for freedom and democracy in his country... FULL TEXT

Letter to UN Human Rights Comissioner

25th January 1999, (IHRWG) - Dear Mrs. Robinson, we, the Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG), would like to strongly urge you to take action regarding the atmosphere of terror that has engulfed Iran as a result of the disappearances and extra-judicial killings of dissident intellectuals in the recent past ... FULL TEXT

Missing

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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New mailing list

I have started a new mailing list called "Ascent." The aim is to address humanitarian issues on the verge of the 21st century. I am trying to promote it and attract members.

To subscribe, send an email to majordomo@im-ins.com and type "subscribe ascent" in the body of the message.

Camelia Akbari

Bahai Institute of Higher Education shut down

"At the end of September 1998 the Iranian government launched a coordinated attack to shut down the Bahá'í Institute of Higher Education -- also known as the "Open University" -- by orchestrating the arrests of its most prominent professors and staff and looting more than 500 homes where the Institute's activities had been conducted."... FULL TEXT

Feature

Stoning

Video showing a stonings in Iran in 1991. Extremely disturbing. Not recommended ... VIDEO CLIP HERE

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