Abdolreza Ghanbari, incarcerated teacher,
on the verge of execution,
Let’s stop the execution of Abdolreza Ghanbari!
According to various reports
as well as information from different human rights organizations, labor unions,
Education International, etc., the death sentence against Mr. Abdolreza
Ghanbari, an incarcerated teacher (from Pakdasht area in south east of
Tehran) and College Lecturer, has been upheld by the appeals court and he
has been denied clemency by the Iran's Amnesty and Clemency Commission.
Mr. Ghanbari was arrested in
late December of 2009 in Modaress High School, where he was a teacher at
the time, by the agents of the Intelligence Ministry, and was moved to
the infamous ward 209 of Evin Prison in Tehran. After being subjected to
torture and forced confessions, he was sentenced to death by the
notorious Judge Salavati of the 15th Branch of Islamic ‘Revolutionary”
Court, on charges of “connections with opposition groups, and media
outlets abroad, and participating in the Ashura demonstration of December
27, 2009.” According to reports, Mr. Ghanbari’s family is subjected to
tremendous psychological pressures; they are seeking international
support for his freedom.
At the moment, an
international campaign for Mr. Ghanbari’s freedom has been undertaken by Education
International, Amnesty International and many other international labor unions.
So far this campaign has been supported by tens and thousands of
individuals, and hundreds of workers’ unions and human rights organizations.
International Alliance in
Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI) strongly condemns the death sentence
against Abdolreza Ghanbari and demands its immediate repeal. We demand
an immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Ghanbari and all other
incarcerated teachers, workers and all political prisoners in Iran.
Islamic Republic of Iran
throughout its miserable history has demonstrated that it has no regards
for human rights, liberty, equality or human lives. But even this
repressive regime could be forced to retreat by applying sustained
international pressures through campaigns and struggles of workers,
teachers and all freedom-loving and justice seeking people in Iran and other
parts of the world. Let's save the life of Abdolreza Ghanbari.
Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)