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Topics of the day:

1. Iranian student leader arrested over Tehran riots
2. Iranian judiciary approves draft law on political offences
3. Tommorow's vigile in NY
4. Communique of The Private Secretary of HIM The Shahbanou


Date: Tue, 3 Aug 1999 09:05:48 -0400
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: Iranian student leader arrested over Tehran riots

TEHRAN, Aug 3 (AFP) - Another Iranian student leader has been
jailed in connection with last month's Tehran riots by order of a
hardline revolutionary court, press reports said Tuesday.
Ali Tavakoli from the pro-reform Office of Consolidation and
Unity student group was jailed on charges he was "knowledgeable"
about the six days of riots that rocked the capital last month.
"After answering questions from a judge, Tavakoli was
immediately ordered jailed in Evin prison," the moderate
Sobh-e-Emrouz newspaper reported.
Iranian authorities have jailed a number of student and
opposition leaders since the unrest, the worst since the aftermath
of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
More than 1,400 people were arrested in all and authorities have
warned that some of those released would be re-arrested once the
investigation into the disturbances is complete.
A final report is due to be delivered to President Mohammad
Khatami and Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei this week.
The riots erupted after students protesting the closure of a
leading pro-Khatami newspaper by a hardline religious court were
attacked by security forces and Islamic hardliners.
One person was killed and three wounded in the Tehran
disturbances, according to official figures.
Moderate newspapers said at least five people were killed and
dozens of people injured, many of whom they said were later abducted
from Tehran hospitals by the secret police.
Press reports Tuesday said the Iranian judiciary has approved
draft legislation that could in effect outlaw almost all forms of
political criticism of the regime, including public demonstrations.


Date: Tue, 3 Aug 1999 09:05:19 -0400
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: Iranian judiciary approves draft law on political offences

TEHRAN, Aug 3 (AFP) - Iran's judiciary has approved a draft law
to define political offences, the press reported Tuesday, in a
development that analysts said could deepen the rift between
conservatives and reformists.
The draft law, which has to be approved by the cabinet before
being submitted to a vote by parliament, comprises 25 articles that
spell out the nature of a political offence and the punishment for
it, the press said.
It describes a "political offence" as any act -- violent or
otherwise -- by any person or political group against the
sovereignty or political order of the Islamic Republic.
The definition includes "any act that seeks to violate the
country's independence... and any attempt to sow discord among the
public, as well as the publication of confidential information on
(Iran's) internal or external policies."
"The propagation of untrue information or rumours, any contact
or exchange of information, interviews or complicity with foreign
embassies, organisations, parties or media, at whatever level, that
could be harmful to independence, national unity or the interests of
the Islamic Republic, are considered political offences," according
to the text.
The official news agency IRNA quoted the spokesman for the
judiciary, Mohammad-Reza Abassi Fard, as saying that the bill was
drawn up after "intensive, multiple consultations with experts."
Analysts predicted the bill would be condemned as illiberal by
reformists, whose militants clashed bloodily with supporters of the
conservative faction in the Iranian government last month.
In an first reaction, the moderate paper Khordad, which is close
to reformist President Mohammad Khatami, said the planned law
"raises many questions, especially about its conformity with the
fundamental rights of the public under the Iranian constitution."
The country faces legislative elections next year that are
considered crucial for the reform movement.


Date: Tue, 3 Aug 1999 18:09:16 EDT
Subject: Tommorow's vigile in NY

Hi all,

This is another reminder, hope to see some of you there.




Vigils in support of HR in Iran

The Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG) is calling on all
concerned groups and individuals to participate in a weekly vigil
in support of the fundamental human rights of the Iranian people.
Human Rights violations in Iran have intensified following the
peaceful demonstration of students demanding freedom of press
among other things.

The IHRWG is gravely concerned about the treatment of detainees,
as there are strong indications that a number of student leaders were
tortured in an effort to extract false confessions out of them.
Moreover, the IHRWG believes that the lives of many of the people
arrested are in danger, as senior government officials have called
for them to be tried on charges of "corruption on earth" and
"fighting God", both of which carry the death penalty.

The IHRWG calls for the weekly vigils to be held in front of the
IRI Mission to the UN (622 Third Ave. between 40th and 41st streets)
from 4:00 to 7:00 PM every Wednesday, until the following demands
have been met by the Iranian government.

The IHRWG demands:

1 - a. The unconditional release of all of those who have been arbitrarily

b. open and fair trials for all of those arrested activists who have
been charged with any criminal acts.

2 - a. A thorough investigation (conforming with international human rights
standards) into the attack on student dormitories at Tehran University
on July 8 which resulted in deaths, injuries, and arrests of
the students;

b. the public disclosure of the results of above investigation, including
release of the number and names of all those killed and detained all
over Iran;

c. that those responsible for these attacks be brought to justice in
open and fair trials.

3 - The unconditional return of the bodies of all those killed in the
recent unrests to their families.

4 - a. The full disclosure of the results of the investigations into the
killing of dissidents (Forouhar, Eskandari-Forouhar, Mokhtari,
Pouyandeh and Sharif) by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence;

b. the full disclosure of the number, names and rank of the agents
who have been under investigation in relation to those killings;

c. open and fair trial of the agents involved in those killings.

5 - Control and dismantling of paramilitary and extra judiciary groups
who have been terrorizing the public.

We also remind the IRI of its obligations, as a signatory, to respect
the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR),
which include the right to life, freedom from torture, cruel and
inhumane and degrading punishment, and freedom of opinion and

We ask you to show your support for human rights in Iran by simply
gathering in front of the IRI mission to UN at the above address
for three hours a week. Banners and slogans will be restricted
to the above demands and support of human rights in general.

Iranian Human Rights Working Group

P.O. Box 2422
Portland, OR. 97208

For more information on the vigils, call (732) 728-9627.


Date: Tue, 3 Aug 1999 21:30:54 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Communique of The Private Secretary of HIM The Shahbanou

Note: The following communique has been issued by The Private Secretary
Office of The Shahbanou in reaction to a AP News of 7/28/1999.


Communique of the Office HIM the Shahbanou of Iran

To: Mr. Salah Nasrawi
Fax # (202) 578-4094

From: Kambiz Atabi

Dear Sir,

Your article based on your July 28th, 1999 interview with Her Majesty
Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi misrepresents the Shahbanou's views in both form
and content.

Her Majesty strongly feels that her opinions regarding the past, present and
future of Iran have been misquoted and generally misrepresented.

As stated in numerous interviews including the one with Associated Press on
July 28th, 1999, The Shahbanou
believes that during the reign of The Late Shah, Iran experienced one of its
most illustrious periods of change and development not only economically and
technologically, but socially and culturally as well.

The Iranian Government and The Late Shah, like all other leaders and
governments of developed and under-developed countries, made some mistakes.

This comes as a common sense statement in the course of otherwise
complimentary remarks she made regarding The Shah, Iran, its Government and

The title of your article fails to reflect Her Majesty's opinions during the
interview. You have also omitted many of her importantly relevant

In conclusion, your article does a gross injustice to Her Majesty. Please
rectify your article so that it may accurately state in context what Her
Majesty actually said in the interview.

Also please have this memorandum conspicuously printed.

We thank you for your cooperation.

Yours truly,

Kambiz Atabai
Private Secretary to HIM the Shahbanou


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