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Human Rights
October 9-13, 2000 / Mehr 18-22, 1379

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Friday
October 13, 2000

Iran says it is fighting "unprecedented" rise in human smuggling

TEHRAN, Oct 13 (AFP) - Iran has arrested 21 smugglers since the beginning of the Iranian year in March as regional trafficking in human beings has risen sharply, the head of Iran's Interpol bureau said. "This figure is unprecedented in the past 20 years," said Arsalan Monaem, quoted by the state IRNA news agency late Thursday. "This has become one of the most profitable professions." >>> FULL TEXT

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* Iran says it is fighting "unprecedented" rise in human smuggling
* Khatami deplores dissident cleric's indictment

* Tense calm after four days of clashes in north-west Iran
* Teen killed as Iran town protests for third day
* Dissident student leader freed after two days in jail
* Reformers banned from attending symposium in Mashhad
* Reformist cleric tried behind closed doors
* Prosecution of independent cleric condemned
* TV signal to Iran not blocked, US-based company says

* Venezuela deports woman who threw egg at Khatami
* New reformist daily hits Iran's newsstands
* Clashes in western Iran cause deaths: witness
* Dissident student detained
* Files on political assassinations to be reviewed
* Reformist cleric ignores summons by hardline court
* Reform lawyer warns suspension could endanger rights
* Iranian woman held in Venezuela starts hunger strike

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Thursday
October 12, 2000

Khatami deplores dissident cleric's indictment

TEHRAN, Oct 12 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has sharply criticised the indictment of a pro-reform cleric, who could now be facing the death penalty for waging war against God, newspapers said Thursday. The Tehran Times said the president "voiced his abhorrence" over the reported indictment of Hassan Yussefi-Eshkevari, who was tried behind closed doors by the conservative Special Court for Clergy (SCC) >>> FULL TEXT

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Wednesday
October 11, 2000

Tense calm after four days of clashes in north-west Iran

TEHRAN, Oct 11 (AFP) - A tense calm hung over Ajabshir in northwest Iran Wednesday, after four days of violent clashes between police and demonstrators sparked by the official classification of the place as a village, the student agency ISNA reported. Witnesses contacted by AFP said the clashes had left several dead >>> FULL TEXT

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Tuesday
October 10, 2000

Teen killed as Iran town protests for third day

TEHRAN, Oct 10 (Reuters) - One teenager has died in three days of demonstrations in northwest Iran over demands for better public services, the Qods newspaper said on Tuesday. The protests broke out on Saturday in the town of Ajabshir, 75 km (46 miles) south of the regional capital Tabriz, over demands for better telephone services >>> FULL TEXT

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Dissident student leader freed after two days in jail

October 9, 2000, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A dissident student leader was freed on bail Sunday after two days in police custody apparently for launching a political party seeking wide-ranging democratic reforms, his wife said Sunday. Heshmatollah Tabarzadi was arrested Friday by plainclothes police immediately after the first meeting of the newly founded Iranian People's Democratic Front, Mahbobeh Alinaqian told The Associated Press >>> FULL TEXT

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Four reformers banned from attending symposium in Mashhad

TEHRAN, Oct 10 (AFP) - Four prominent Iranian reformers have been banned from entering the provincial city of Mashhad to attend a symposium on the life and work of Ali Shariati, an early proponent of liberal Islam, the conservative Kayhan newspaper reported Tuesday. The four, which the newspaper described as "problematic people," were identified as Abdolkarim Sorush, Mohsen Kadivar, Hashem Aqajari and Habibollah Peyman, were said to be unwelcome in Mashhad, because it is an important Shiite Muslim holy sit >>> FULL TEXT

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Reformist cleric tried behind closed doors

TEHRAN, Oct 10 (AFP) - Reformist cleric Hassan Yussefi Eshkevari, accused of acting againststate security after taking part in a Berlin seminar considered to be anti-Islamic, has been tried in secret, press reports said Tuesday. The reformist daily Aftab-e-Yazd said the ultra-conservative Special Court for Clergy religious court tried him Saturday but had no information on any verdict >>> FULL TEXT

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Prosecution of independent cleric condemned

New York, October 10, 2000 (HRW)--Human Rights Watch today condemned the Iranian government's prosecution of a leading independent writer and religious scholar, Hojatoleslam Hassan Youssefi Eshkevari. Eshkevari, who has been held in solitary confinement and denied legal counsel since August 5, was tried behind closed doors on October 7, on a variety of charges, including "being corrupt on earth" and apostasy, which carry the death penalt >>> FULL TEXT

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TV signal to Iran not blocked, US-based company says

LOS ANGELES, Oct 10 (AFP) - The signal into Iran of a US-based Iranian television station is not being blocked, contrary to the station's statements, the carrier said Monday. Eutelsat, one of Europe's leading satellite operators, said the signal had been interrupted only for a few minutes for "technical reasons." Last Thursday, Los Angeles-based National Iranian TV said its signal had been blocked since September 30 >>> FULL TEXT

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Venezuela deports woman who threw egg at Khatami

CARACAS, Oct 10 (AFP) - A woman arrested after attempting to throw an egg at Iranian President Mohammad Khatami during last month's OPEC summit has been deported to the Netherlands, according to press reports Tuesday. Laila Jazayeri, a British national of Iranian origin, was deported from Venezuela together with a Dutch woman, Nayere Lesari, who was with her September 27 when she succeeded in infiltrating a gala dinner attended by Khatami and other members of the Iranian delegation to the summit >>> FULL TEXT

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Monday
October 9, 2000

New reformist daily hits Iran's newsstands

TEHRAN, Oct 7 (AFP) - A new reformist daily close to Iran's moderate President Mohammad Khatami hit the country's newsstands Saturday, the second newspaper launch in a month since a crackdown on the pro-reform press. The Hambastigi (Solidarity) paper, founded by MP Qolamheydar Ibrahimbai-Salami, said in its inaugural editorial it was for "reflecting the people's voice and defending the people's rights." >>> FULL TEXT

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Clashes in western Iran cause deaths: witness

TEHRAN, Oct 9 (AFP) - Clashes between police and residents in the western Iranian town of Ajabshir have caused several deaths, a local resident told AFP Monday. "A protest demonstration was held Saturday evening because the telephone company classed Ajabshir as a village and not as a town," the resident said. "The police intervened and there was more trouble on Sunday >>> FULL TEXT

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Dissident student detained

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A dissident student leader was detained by police over the weekend, apparently for launching a political party seeking wide-ranging democratic reforms, his wife said Sunday after his release on bail. Heshmatollah Tabarzadi was arrested Friday by plainclothes police immediately after the first meeting of the newly founded Iranian People's Democratic Front, Mahbobeh Alinaqian told The Associated Press >>> FULL TEXT

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Files on political assassinations to be reviewed

TEHRAN, Oct 9 (AFP) - Iran's second-highest ranking judge said Sunday that files on the 1998 assassinations of several leading intellectuals and dissidents would be reviewed because they have "deficiencies," state television reported. "The judges and attorneys attending to this file will once again hand it over to representatives of the executive and judicial bodies due to existing deficiencies," Hadi Marvi said, as cited by Iranian television >>> FULL TEXT

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Leading reformist cleric ignores summons by hardline court

TEHRAN, Oct 9 (AFP) - Leading reformist Iranian cleric and the editor-in-chief of a banned reformist daily Ali Akbar Mohtashami ignored a call to appear before a conservative clerical court in connection with his suspended paper, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday. Mohtashami was summoned to appear at the Special Court for Clergy (SCC), a court that handles cases involving religious figures, in connection with his now banned pro-reform Bayan daily >>> FULL TEXT

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Reform lawyer warns suspension could endanger student rights

TEHRAN, Oct 7 (AFP) - A pro-reform lawyer who defended students charged over last year's deadly riots said his five-year suspension from the bar will obliterate students' rights, press reports said Saturday. "If this trend continues, cases of national importance will be deprived of legal support and the rights of students will be trampled," said Mohsen Rahami, quoted in the Iran Daily paper >>> FULL TEXT

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Iranian woman held in Venezuela starts hunger strike

CARACAS, Oct 7 (Reuters) - An Iranian protester detained in Venezuela said Saturday she had began a hunger strike to call for her immediate release 10 days after pelting a senior Iranian official with eggs during the Caracas OPEC summit. Laila Jazayeri, 39-year-old British citizen, said she began her fast at midnight Saturday after being held by Venezuelan authorities since Sept. 27 without charge >>> FULL TEXT

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