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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.




International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)

March 28, 2012




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