The IASWI calls on all concerned labour and social activists
and organizations around the world to continue pressuring the Iranian
government to free all jailed labour activists and political prisoners
and demand an end to violation of workers' and human rights.
Letter (Updated August 11, 2010):
Free Tehran bus workers'
Free all jailed workers
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
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
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