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December 2010

December 29 Ali Saremi's body has been moved from Evin to Kahrizak Detention Center in southern Tehran. Eight members of Ali Saremi's family and friends have been released, apparently after pledging that they would not return to demonstrate outside of Evin Prison. His nephew, Mohammad, was reportedly arrested today after hanging a photograph of his murdered uncle outside his home, which is a traditional sign of mourning.

A letter from Zeynab Saremi to her executed father: My dearest father, I wish to know whether you felt our presence behind the walls of Evin!

Another site reports that some members of Habibollah Latifi's family have been released, but this has not yet been independently confirmed.

December 28 11:30 am: Authorities have arrested Saremi's family members and others who were staging a demonstration outside of Evin Prison this morning. Among those arrested are Poya Saremi, Mahin Saremi, Ali Saremi's daughter and her husband. Family members of other political prisoners are also reported to be arrested.

9:30 am: HRANA confirms the execution of 62-year old Ali Saremi this morning at Evin Prison.

3:30 am: Ali Saremi and Reza Boukani's families have gathered outside of Evin Prison. Reports state that Saremi's cellmates fear he was taken to Evin to be executed.

December 27 9:25 pm: Condemned prisoner Ali Saremi has been transferred from Gohardasht (Rajaee Shahr) prison to an unknown location. Another condemned man, Reza Sharifi Boukani, has also been moved to an unknown location.

9:00 pm: Concerns are growing over Habibollah Latifi and his family's condition. The names of twenty people arrested at the family home last night have been released. They include Iraj Latifi Abbas, Enghbal, Shahin, Elahe and Bahar Latifi. There is still no confirmation of the family's whereabouts or condition.

7:45 am: Authorities are arresting others in the community who have been helping the Latifi family in recent days. In the meantime, his lawyer has returned to Tehran.

6:25 am Tehran time: Reports from sources, including Radio Farda, now include Habibollah Latifi's sister-in-law among those arrested last night. His youngest sister, who was not arrested, said that agents used pepper spray to subdue her and render her unconscious for several hours. She told RAHANA that eight family members have been arrested and she does not know their location or the reasons for their arrests.

United4Iran has updated their eLetter to push for Mr. Latifi's release.

Other ways to help include: contacting media and signing the two existing petitions. Activists also encourage everyone to share the news widely on their existing networks.

December 26 Reports have emerged that Habibollah Latifi's family members have been arrested at their home. There are also unconfirmed reports that local activists have been arrested. There is conflicting information as to the number of family members arrested, but early reports suggest that his brother, two sisters, father, and another person at the house are among those detained. Up to 30 security officials conducted the raid and confiscated the family's computer and other materials.  Drewery Dyke, Amnesty International's Iran Researcher, has also confirmed the arrests.

December 25 Thanks in part to the actions of protesters and activists in and outside of Iran, Habibollah Latifi's execution has been stayed.

December 23 Urgent: Kurdish prisoner  Habibollah Latifi is in imminent danger of execution. His lawyer confirmed reports that he is due to be executed this Sunday, December 26, in Sanandaj prison.

December 9 Zahra Bahrami is expected to go on trial this Sunday, December 12 in front of Judge Salavati in branch 15 of the Revolutionary Tribunal. Judge Abolghasem Salavati is known as the "Hanging Judge" or the "Judge of Death." Salavati was responsible for the execution sentences of Abdolreza Ghanbari, Mehdi Eslamian (executed May 9, 2010), and at least 12 others. He also sentenced the Alaei brothers to years in prison for AIDS research and called Majid Tavakoli, "Miss Tavakoli" at his trial.

December 7 Dutch citizen Zahra Bahrami was transferred from the general women's ward to the methadone ward Evin Prison where she is housed with general criminals and addicts.

December 5 Concerning development: condemned Kurdish prisoner Habibollah Golparipour was transferred to Oroumiyeh prison. His death sentence was upheld by the supreme court on September 5, and the prison transfer is a sign that authorities may be preparing to implement the execution order.

December 1 Updated information on Zainab Jalalian's medical situation: reports state that she requires treatment for her eyes, but prison authorities are denying her this, saying it is not necessary because she is on death row. Her eye problems are likely a result of long-term torture sustained in prison.

November 2010

November 21 Mohammad Reza Haddadi is being denied necessary kidney surgery until his father pays the exorbitant fees required by prison authorities.

Zainab Jalalian is reportedly ill and being denied medical treatment.

November 19 Amnesty International has issued an urgent action statement (PDF) for Kurdish prisoner Hossein Khezri. Amnesty urges people to write to the Iranian authorities and appeal for Khezri's life.

November 17 Urgent: The Supreme Court has issued a memo to Oromiyeh Prison officials ordering Hossein Khezri's execution. The enforcement unit of the prison has asked for permission to carry out the order. He is in imminent danger. Furthermore, his attorney resigned under suspicious circumstances this morning.

November 7 Amnesty International has called for the immediate commutation of all death sentences in the Islamic Republic of Iran. They also urge "authorities to review and repeal death penalty laws [and] to disclose full details of all death sentences and executions."

November 6 There is an English translation of Hossein Khezri's letter. In it, he documents brutal interrogation and torture and appeals to human rights organizations and lawyers "to accept my request and be my voice to humanity." Khezri says, "I will attempt to report to the world some of the situation to which I am still subject, in hopes that there be someone to hear my voice."

November 5 Condemned Kurdish prisoner Hossein Khezri is asking that human rights organizations and the United Nations to appeal for his life. We have created a sample letter to send to Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations.

October 2010

October 28 Dutch citizen Zahra Bahrami was moved to Evin Ward 350, which is commonly used to house political prisoners. Conditions in Ward 350 are notoriously unsanitary and do not adhere to medical standards.

October 10 Today is the 8th annual World Day Against the Death Penalty.

Iran is reportedly celebrating the day by executing 3 men and a woman for "drug trafficking" in the city of Zanjan, according to their own media outlet, Fars News.

Kurdish prisoner Hossein Khezri is in imminent danger of execution. A new interview with his family, published today, details his torture while in prison.

October 4 Habibullah Golparipour's death sentence has been upheld by the Supreme Court in Iran.

September 2010

September 20 Zahra Bahrami is reportedly under pressure to confess to drug possession charges. She refused to speak in court on both September 8 and 11 because her lawyer, Nasrin Sotoodeh, is in jail. Zahra's next hearing will be held on September 23.

September 15 Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei's appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court yesterday (14 September). His lawyer, Mehdi Hojjati, said: "Unfortunately, there is nothing else we can do as judicial lawyers. A request for clemency was our last attempt and it was denied. There are no legal avenues left to explore to prevent his execution."

We urge you to sign the petition for his life.

September 10 Condemned Ashura protester Farah Vazehan has reportedly suffered a heart attack in prison and was transferred to an outside hospital.

September 8 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) urge the Islamic Republic to immediately grant Dutch citizen Zahra Bahrami access to a lawyer, consular assistance, and either release her or grant her a stay of execution while her case is reviewed. They have also requested a stay of execution for minor offender Ebrahim Hamidi.

September 6 Wonderful news: Abdolreza Ghanbari's death sentence has been overturned.

September 5 The Supreme Court has upheld Habibollah Golparipour's death sentence. He is considered in imminent danger of execution.

Ali Saremi was brutally interrogated and threatened for speaking about the appalling conditions in Rajai Shahr prison and about his appeal being denied. The report states that intelligence officials are preparing a new case against Mr. Saremi.

August 2010

August 29 Ebrahim Hamidi has been transferred to Evin Prison in Tehran from Tabriz.

There is also unconfirmed news that Ali Saremi has been transferred to an undisclosed location.

As we saw with the Mother's Day (May 9, 2010) executions, the transfer of condemned political prisoners can be a sign of pending executions.

Islamic Republic of Iran Threatens Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani with 29 August Execution

English translation by @shary20, @anahita999 and @khazelton
Farsi original

August 10 Another Ashura protester, Farah Vazehan, has been sentenced to death.

August 4 Silence is Compliance: Take Action. There is a video from the Arizona chapter of Democracy and Freedom for Iran urging people to take action against executions.

There will be global protests from Thursday, August 5 through Sunday, August 8 against the executions of Javad Laari, Abdolreza Ghanbari, Jafar Kazemi, Mohammad-Ali Haj-Aghaie, Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam, Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam, Mohammad Ali Saremi, and others at risk of execution by the Islamic Republic. Confirmed cities...

August 2 The Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) reported today that bazaari Javad Laari has been sentenced to death as Moharabeh.

Please write Letter to the Editor to world and local newspapers to raise awareness about the condemned political prisoners.

August 1 Six prisoners are in imminent danger of execution. They are: Abdolreza Ghanbari, Jafar Kazemi, Mohammad-Ali Haj-Aghaie, Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam, his son Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam, and Mohammad Ali Saremi.

We noted on May 15 that their sentences were upheld by the appeals court, but they have now been finalized. The six prisoners could be executed at any time, without prior notice.

We have sample letters to the UN and Iranian authorities, urging the regime to overturn these sentences.

We have also posted information about the six prisoners and the regime's crimes against humanity on CNN iReport.

June 2010

June 30 Human Rights Watch has called for an immediate halt to the Islamic Republic's plan to execute Zainab and condemns her lack of access to a lawyer. From the source, "Khalil Bahramian, a lawyer who represented Farzad Kamangar, one of four Kurdish dissidents executed without warning in May, told the Persian-language website Roozonline that his efforts to represent Jalalian have been rebuffed by the government and that he is not certain where she is being held."

Zahra Rahnavard has written regarding Zainab's pending execution, "Will God forgive us for destroying and ending the life a women who embodies universal compassion and tenderness? Zeynab is a young girl. Why is this young girl not able to benefit from information, awareness, knowledge of our history, sociology, and other such matters?"

June 26 Imminent danger of execution. Zainab Jalalian has reportedly been moved to Evin Prison's Ward 209 and is in immediate danger. Her lawyer, Khalil Bahramian, has stated that United Nations intervention is the only chance to save Zeinab's life.

Take Action: Send appeal letters to the UN's Navi Pillay and to the Iranian Judiciary for Zainab Jalalian now!

June 15 It was reported today that execution orders have been issued for two Kurdish prisoners, Mohammadamin Agooshi and Ahmad Pouladkhani.

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