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* Municipal election campaign opens in Iran
* Forty-five arrested in attack on Hadi Khamenei
* Death penalty for drug traffickers "ineffective"
* Unrest in northeast Iranian city
* New intelligence chief faces vote of confidence
* Campaigning to start for first municipal elections
* Action against deportations from Germany
* Amir-Entezam trial opens in his absence
* Iran official says Israel behind dissident deaths
* Iran: giving voice to freedom
* Amir-Entezam to be put on trial Tuesday
* Brother of supreme leader assaulted
* Tehran wants "drastic reform"
* More may be chartged over dissident murders

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Friday
February 19, 1999

* Twenty-seven new publications get permits

Tehran, (Iran daily) - The press supervision board has issued permits for 27 new publications, including four newspaper and 13 monthly magazines ... FULL TEXT

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Thursday
February 18, 1999

* Municipal election campaign opens in Iran

TEHRAN, Feb 18 (AFP) - Posters and photos of candidates were plastered all over buildings, bridges and telephone poles of Tehran as the campaign for the February 26 municipal elections kicked off officially Thursday. The same pictures were splashed over newspapers and magazines, and the windows and bumpers of taxis, as the candidates prepare for just a week of campaigning -- all electoral activity is banned the day before the polls. The municipal elections, the first since the 1979 Islamic revolution which overthrew the shah, are being watched with intense interest ... FULL TEXT

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* Forty-five arrested in attack on Hadi Khamenei

TEHRAN, Feb 18 (AFP) - Forty-five people in Iran have been arrested in connection with last week's attack on Hadi Khamenei, brother of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the official IRNA news agency reported Thursday. Hadi Khamenei, an adviser to reformist President Mohammad Khatami, was beaten up by fundamentalist activists at the Mohammadiyeh mosque in the holy city of Qom last Thursday ... FULL TEXT

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* Death penalty for Iran's drug traffickers ineffective: official

TEHRAN, Feb 18 (AFP) - President Mohammad Khatami's representative to the Iranian narcotics control authority said that capital punishment for drug traffickers has been ineffective, the official news agency IRNA said Thursday. "In many instances, the relatives of drug convicts have taken over the task of trafficking after the execution of their relatives," Mahmud Alizadeh Tabatabai said ... FULL TEXT

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* Unrest in northeast Iranian city

TEHRAN, Feb 18 (AFP) - Riot police have clashed with groups of youths in Jajarm in northeastern Iran over a decision to merge the town with another nearby locality, newspapers here reported Thursday. The Tehran press reports, which were confirmed by a number of residents of Jajarm, said there had been "isolated clashes" in neighborhoods in the town of some 15,000 people over the past two days ... FULL TEXT

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Wednesday
February 17, 1999

* New Iranian intelligence chief faces vote of confidence

TEHRAN, Feb 17 (AFP) - The new head of Iran's scandal-tainted intelligence ministry was presented to parliament Wednesday for a vote of confidence, the official news agency IRNA reported. Ali Yunesi was tapped to take over as head of the powerful ministry from Qorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi, who resigned this month following the revelation that "rogue" intelligence agents had been involved in the murders of several dissidents and writers last year ... FULL TEXT

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* Campaigning to start for first municipal elections in Iran

TEHRAN, Feb 17 (AFP) - Candidates can begin campaigning Thursday for next week's municipal elections, the first in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution and a vital test for democratic reforms, the interior ministry said Wednesday. The final list of candidates approved by the government's selection committee, anticipated for a week, is due to be displayed in precints Thursday following controversy over the banning of some candidates close to reformist President Mohammad Khatami ... FULL TEXT

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* Action against deportations from Germany

17 Feb 1999, (International Federation of Iranian Refugees, IFIR) - The International Federation of Iranian Refugees Germany Branch has summoned a three week sit-in as of February 1 in Bokum to protest the German government's plan to deport thousands back to the brutal Islamic Republic of Iran. After years of uncertainty and fear, many have been arrested and detained to await their forcible return to persecution. They have reached the end of the line and are fighting for their lives ... FULL TEXT

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Tuesday
February 16, 1999

* Amir-Entezam trial opens in his absence

TEHRAN, Feb 16 (Reuters) - An Iranian court on Tuesday began hearing defamation charges against a former deputy prime minister in his absence despite protests from his lawyers, journalists said. The lawyers said they would seek a new trial for Abbas Amir-Entezam. The defence attorneys protested that Amir-Entezam had been forced to remain in jail and not allowed to attend the court session, they added ... FULL TEXT

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    * Iran official says Israel behind dissident deaths

    TEHRAN, Feb 16 (Reuters) - A senior Iranian official accused arch-foe Israel on Tuesday of masterminding a spate of dissident killings and other violence to destabilise Iran. Mohsen Rezaei, secretary of the powerful Expediency Council, said Israel had also provoked an attack on a bus carrying U.S. businessmen in Tehran in November to disrupt any normalisation in relations between Tehran and Washington ... FULL TEXT

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* Iran: giving voice to freedom

February 22, 1999 (Newsweek) - His father said he was just going out to buy some groceries for dinner. Mom was away for the evening visiting friends. Sohrab, 13, went back to reading his book as the light faded on the north Tehran high-rise apartment blocks. But now it was dark, and Papa wasn't back. Sohrab called his older brother. He called his mother at her friends' place. And still his papa hadn't come back, and couldn't be found... FULL TEXT

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Monday
February 15, 1999

* Amir-Entezam to be put on trial Tuesday

TEHRAN, Feb 15 (AFP) - A minister in Iran's first post-revolutionary government is to go on trial here Tuesday charged with slander, his wife told AFP. Abbas Amir-Entezam, regarded as a liberal, was detained last September after making critical statements about the former head of the Evin prison near Tehran, Assadollah Ladjevardi, who was assassinated in August ... FULL TEXT

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* Brother of supreme leader assaulted

TEHRAN, Feb 13 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami called Saturday for an investigation into the assault of one of his advisers, the brother of supreme religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, amid an escalation of political violence in the Islamic republic ... FULL TEXT

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* Tehran wants "drastic reform" following dissident murders

TEHRAN, Feb 15 (AFP) - Iran's reformist government launched a campaign for a thorough overhaul of the secretive intelligence services Monday following last month's shock admission that "rogue" agents were involved in the murder of dissidents. The intelligence ministry, which is "responsible to ensure the security of citizens," had "become the home to a coterie of murderers," said an editorial in the government newspaper Iran Daily ... FULL TEXT

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* Iran may charge more people over dissident murders

TEHRAN, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Iranian authorities may charge more people with involvement in killings of dissidents blamed partly on rogue secret agents, newspapers reported on Monday. A presidential commission investigating the murders of two dissidents and two liberal writers late last year reported to President Mohammad Khatami on Sunday, the daily Iran said ... 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

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

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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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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

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