NCRI - The state-run Mehr News on August 2, 2017, writes, "The life span of buildings reach 25 to 35 years in the country while some countries have buildings with life spans of 200 to 300 years; a number that is far from Iran's figure.
The life spans of buildings in Iran are one-third of the global standard whereas the number of 100-year-old buildings increases in the world. The life spans of buildings in Iran are estimated at 30 years on average. It is even anticipated that this figure reaches to 20 years as a number of unskilled and inefficient people are entering the construction market."
NCRI - With the rise of the 1988 Justice-Seeking Movement, Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani was forced to dismiss his Justice Minister, Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, from his cabinet. Pour Mohammadi was a member of the “Death Committee” and one of the main perpetrators of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988. He announced that he would not be present in Rouhani’s next administration.
NCRI - The trial of three Telegram activists was held on Wednesday August 2, 2017 in Tehran’s appeal court while they had only five minutes of defense.
These three activists were arrested on September 2016 and each one was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.
NCRI - On July 23, 2017, Youssef Emadi, a composer prisoner incarcerated in Evin prison who objected non-implementation of the principle of separation of crimes in Evin was taken away under the pretext of “being sent to the prison warden room” and transferred to an unknown location. So far, there is no news about his fate and whereabouts.
August 4, 2017 by Alejo Vidal-Quadras
Attending Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration in the midst of a series of revelations is morally and politically unconscionable, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras, as it suggests the EU will look the other way on actual abuses as long as there are pleasant-sounding promises coming out of a small faction within the Iranian regime.
NCRI - Girls riding bike around a lake in the city of Marivan (west of Iran) are faced with a ban by plainclothes forces.
According to reports, plainclothes forces of Marivan Intelligence are constantly patrolling around the lake Zaribar and its entrances.
Plainclothes forces do this in order to prevent women and girls from biking around the Zaribar lake.
NCRI - The interrogators of the Revolutionary Guards Corps Intelligence, after overturn of the 10-year heavy sentence of two political prisoners, continue to block their release. According to reports, the 10-year heavy prison sentences of political prisoners, Emadeddin Mollazehi and Hafez Yaghoub Jahandideh, have been overturned in Sistan and Baluchistan Province's appeals court, and they should be released in practice. But the Revolutionary Guards Corps Intelligence interrogators blocked the release of these two political prisoners and kept them in limbo.On Saturday, July 26, these two prisoners were taken to Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Prosecutor's Office and were again interrogated. Despite the overturn of their verdict by the Appeal Court of the province, Toroughi, the investigator of this branch called for a 300 million tomans bail to release each of them.
NCRI - A prisoner of conscience in Evin Prison, who has been in jail for the past four years, began a hunger strike on Tuesday, August 1 in protest to his wife’s arrest. Prisoner of conscience, Soheil Arabi went on hunger strike in Evin Prison in protest to the arrest of his wife, Nastaran Naimi, by the Revolutionary Guards. He was subsequently transferred to Section 2-A of the prison.
NCRI - A former Iranian political prisoner of the 1980s was detained in the city of Arak along with two of his nephews by the regime’s suppressive security forces and was transferred to an unknown location.
According to reports, on July 24, Bijan Kalangari, a retired 60-year-old and former political prisoner, was arrested by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence in Arak.
NCRI - The Chairman of the Guardian Council Ahmad Jannati, on the eve of the Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration, remarked about the make-up of Rouhani's future government. He said: “One of the worries about the future government is its flexibility toward the United States and that the Americans could use this (against the Iranian regime) as pressure.”