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Members of the Coordinating Committee targeted

 

August 11, 2010- According to a statement issues by the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers' Organizations on August 9, 2010, two labour activists and members of this committee, Vafa Ghaderi and Sediq Sobhani, were put on trial at the City of Sanandaj Court. They are charged with "acting against national security" by means of participating in a picnic in support of jailed workers on December 4, 2009. During this event, 12 other labour activists were arrested and beaten. Vafa Ghaderi and Sediq Sobhani were subsequently released on a heavy bail of 100 million toman (almost $100,000). They are now awaiting the verdict. 

 

In addition, seven other labour activists and members of the "Coordinating Committee" in City of Oshnovieh, named Fatah Soleymani, Isah Ebrahimzadeh, Abbas Hashempour, Hossein Pirouti, Rahman Ebrahimzadeh, Samad Ahadpour and Rahman Tanha were tried on August 1, 2010 at the Oromieh Islamic Revolutionary Court. They are charged with membership in an opposition political group by way of membership in the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers' Organization. The "Coordinating Committee" is a well-known independent labour organization and these allegations are totally baseless and all the above mentioned activists have completely rejected allegations against them. The Coordinating Committee has been trying to register itself as an independent labour organization with the Ministry of Labour but government authorities have refused to accept their application.  Moreover, Mr. Kaveh Gol Mohammadi, another member of the Coordinating Committee, was transferred to Sanandaj's Central prison on July 31, 2010 to serve his four month jail sentence for his membership with this labour organization.

 

Sample Protest Letter (Updated August 11, 2010):

Free Tehran bus workers' leaders now

Free all jailed workers now 

 

I (we) am (are) writing this to demand an immediate and unconditional freedom of all imprisoned representatives and members of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company and the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers' Organizations and other independent labour activists in Iran.

 

As of this time, three leaders and elected representatives of Vahed Syndicate are in prison:. Mansour Osanloo, Syndicate's president of the board of director (serving five year jail sentence since 2007, Ebrahim Madadi, Vice-President (serving 3.5 year jail sentence since late 2007); and Reza Shahabi, Treasurer (arrested on June 12, 2010).

 

In addition, I (we) have been informed that Mansour Osanloo has been sentenced to one year imprisonment by the City of Karaj Islamic Revolutionary Court on August 10, 2010 for "propaganda against the system".  Mr. Osanloo has been subject to increasing harassment in recent months and was put on trial recently at Karaj Revolutionary court. He has gone through all this while he has been jailed for the past three years.

 

Mr. Saeed Torabian, Public Relations director of the Syndicate, was arrested and detained on June 9, 2010 and released on heavy bail on July 20, 2010. Mr. Torabian is charged with "acting against national security" and "propaganda against the system".  Reza Shahabi has been held incommunicado in the Evin prison and his family are extremely concerned about his condition.

 

Moreover, many member of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers' Organization in different cities have been targeted and persecuted by authorities and are facing charges and jail sentences.  There are many other independent labour activists in prisons and/or persecuted. Behnam Alizadeh and Mehdi Farahi Shandiz are jailed labour activist arrested on respectively on June 12, 2010 in Tehran and transferred to Evin prison and on June 8, 2010 and transferred to the deadly Kahrizak prison. Mr. Kaveh Gol Mohammadi, a member of the Coordinating Committee, have been transferred to Sanandaj's Central prison on July 31, 2010 to serve his four month sentence for his membership with this labour organization.

 

I (we) demand immediate and unconditional freedom of Osanloo, Madadi and Shahabi, Alizadeh, Farahi Shandiz, Gol Mohammadi and others. I (we) condemn this new round of attack against Tehran bus workers' union and the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers' Organizations and the continuous gross attacks on human and workers’ rights in Iran. I (we) demand the immediate and unconditional freedom of all labour activists and political prisoners and call on the government to respect the right to organize, assemble and freedom of association and expression.  

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Send Copy of your Protest Letters to:

info@leader.ir, info@judiciary.ir, dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir; iran@un.int; ijpr@iranjudiciary.org, info@dadiran.ir, office@justice.ir, support@irimlsa.ir; ilo@ilo.org; cabinet@ilo.org; eastgulf@amnesty.org

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