Workers Syndicate raised serious concerns about Reza Shahabi’s health and
general condition in Evin prison.
2010: Two board members of Vahed Syndicate were arrested in June 2010. Saeed
Torabian, who is also a public relations director of the Syndicate, was
arrested on June 9th and released on heavy bail on July 20, 2010. Reza
Shahabi, who is Syndicate's Treasurer, was arrested on June 12, 2010 and
still imprisoned incommunicado. In a statement issued by Vahed Syndicate,
serious concerns have been raised about Reza Shahabi's health and safety.
The statement says:
Shahabi, a member of the board of directors of the Syndicate
of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Sherkat-e Vahed), was
arrested and imprisoned on June 12, 2010, and was only allowed to
speak to his wife and children by telephone three times for the first
month of his detention. In the telephone conversations with the family,
he indicated that he suffered from neck and back injuries. Since then
nobody has gained any information about his situation.
His family have approached the
Public Prosecutor and the Court of First
Instance several times. Also, his solicitor has contacted the Public
Prosecutor's office, but has not received any news about Reza’s
circumstances. Uncertainty about his situation has made his family
anxious about his well-being.
The Syndicate of Workers of Tehran
and Suburbs Bus Company (Sherkat-e Vahed), which was established to
defend workers' basic rights, condemns the arrest and the denial of information about its member and demands his
immediate and unconditional release.
With the hope of peace and justice
for the whole world.
The Syndicate of Workers of Tehran
and Suburbs Bus Company"
Sample Protest Letter:
Tehran bus workers' leaders now
jailed workers now
(we) am (are) writing this to demand an immediate freedom of all
imprisoned representatives and members of the Syndicate of Workers of
Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company.
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).
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". In addition, Mr. Osanloo
has been subject to harassment and been put on trial recently at Karaj
Revolutionary court with a new chare of "connection with the
opponents of the system". All this while he has been in prison for
more than three years.
(we) demands immediate and unconditional freedom of Osanloo, Madadi and
Shahabi. I (we) condemn this new round of attack against Tehran bus
workers' union 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
Copy of your Protest Letters to:
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Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)