Farzad Kamangar’s latest letter from the Prison, Updated sample protest against the new wave of , repression against labour activists in Iran !, A Protest Rally in London , UK –January 3, 2009

Farzad Kamangar’s latest letter from the Prison
Let my heart beat, Mr. Ejehie*

I’ve been in prison for many months; a prison that was supposed to take away and destroy my determination, my love and my humanness. A prison that was expected to pacify and tame me, like “a docile lamb”; for months I have been in a prison with tall walls, as high as the history. Tall walls that were supposed to separate me from the people that I love; a permanent space between me and my homeland’s children; however, I look through my cells’ window everyday and see myself amongst them and similar to them, and they see their pains in me as prisoner; thus the prison connected us even deeper than before. It was expected that the darkness of the prison take the meaning and importance of brightness and light away, but in prison I witnessed the growing of violet in the dark.

It was expected that I would forget the sense of time and its value; but I’ve been living outside the prison in each moment and have been born again to choose a new path.

And, similar to the prisoners before me, I’ve also endured the insults, abuses and degradations hoping that may be I would be the last one having to suffer from the darkness of the prison. But, one day, they called me a combatant, suggesting that I had gone to a war with their “god” hence they weaved their rope of justice to end my life at a dawn. I have been awaiting unwantedly the execution of my death order since then. However, now that they want to take my life away from me, because of my love for humankind, I have decided to donate my body parts to patients who might benefit from it after I’ve died. I would also like to give my heart, which is full of love and affection to a child. It doesn’t matter where this child comes from, whether from the shore of Karoon River or from the foothills of Sabalan Mountain or the desert in the east or from Zagros Mountains . The main thing is that my restless and rebellious heart should beat in a child’s chest who more rebelliously than me shares his childhood wishes with the moon and stars at nights and take them as witnesses to ensure that s/he would not betray his/her childhood dreams in adulthood. I wish my heart beat in someone’s chest who is restless for children that sleep hungry at nights; and someone that commemorate the memory of “Haamed” the sixteen year old student form my city that wrote, “ even my smallest dreams in this life cannot be achieved” and then hanged himself.

Let my heart beat in someone’s chest, and it’s not important what language s/he speaks or what’s his/her color of skin; only if s/he is a working person’s child whose father’s calluses on the hand would spark my heart with outrage against inequalities. My heart to beat in someone’s chest who in future would become a teacher in a remote village. And his/her students would welcome him/her every morning with beautiful smiles and they would share their happiness and games with him/her. May be then these children would not experience the taste of poverty and hunger and in their worlds there would not be no meanings for “prison, torture, oppression and inequality”.

Allow my heart to beat in any part of this wide world; only be mindful that it would become someone’s heart that has a lot to say about their people and homeland; people who had a history of suffering, pain and sorrow.

Let my heart beat in a child’s chest, so on a sunrise I can scream in my mother’s tongue: I would like to be a breeze and spread the “message of love to human beings” to the whole broad earth.

Farzad Kamangar
The section of Infectious Diseases
Rajayee Shahr Prison-City of Karaj
December 28, 2008
Written originally in Evin Prison on December 22, 2008

*Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejehie is the current head of the Ministry of Intelligence in Iran, also known as SAVAMA.
[Farzad Kamangar has been transferred to Rajayee Shahr Prison since December 25, 2008 and he is kept in Infectious Diseases section of the prison. Frazad’s Death sentence has not yet been repealed despite legal appeals and international pressures. See: http://www.labourstart.org/farzad%5D (Comments by the translators).

Original Farsi version: Distributed by Human Rights Activists in Iran
http://www.hrairan.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=174%3A54-564&catid=128%3A807&Itemid=26
Translated by the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran . The original Farsi version is the main source. This was a literary prose in Farsi; therefore, all mistakes in English translation are the responsibility of the translator. http://www.workers-iran.org
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Sample Protest Letter (updated January 02, 2009)

I am writing to strongly protest against a new wave of arrests and repression of labour activists in Iran . According to the latest news, the current labour activists who are known to be in jails across Iran are as follows:

– Mr. Mansour Osanloo, the president of the board of directors of the Syndicate of Tehran and Suburb Bus Company, sentenced to five years imprisonment, incarcerated since July 2007. Mansour Osanloo was kidnapped by plain clothes agents in the evening of Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Osanloo has been beaten numerous times by security forces. He has some serious health problems.

– Mr. Afshin Shams, a member of “Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ organizations”, a member of the “Committee in Defence of Mahmoud Salehi” and a member of ”Caricaturists. He was arrested at his work in city of Aligoodarz on July on July 3, 2008 and later was transferred to Dastgerd prison in Isfahan . On November 1, 2008, he was November 1, 2008. Afshan Shams received his verdict from the court according which he has been sentenced to one year imprisonment. The verdict was given without the presence of Afshin’s lawyer.

– Mr. Farzad Kamangar, a 33 year old teacher and union and human rights activist from Kurdistan province. He has been sentenced to death by the Iranian government and has been severely tortured. He has been transferred to Rajayee Shahr Prison since December 25, 2008 and he is kept in Infectious Diseases section of the prison. His lawyer has expressed surprise with this transfer. Despite legal efforts in Iran and international protests, Farzad’s execution sentence has not been revoked. For more info please refer o the http://www.labourstart.org/farzad

– Mr. Mohsen Hakimi, a member of the Coordinating Committee to Form Workers’ Organization and a member of the Iranian Writers’ Association, was arrested by the plain-clothes security agents near midnight on December 22, 2008 in Tehran . According to the latest news, he is incarcerated in section 209 of the Evin Prison.

– Mr. Bijan Amiri, who is an auto worker and a member of workers’ mountain-climbing board, was arrested by the Iran Khodro Company’s security forces on December 22, 2008 in the factory. According to the latest news, he is incarcerated in section 209 of the Evin Prison.

– Mr. Ebrahim Madadi, the vice-president of the board of directors of the Syndicate of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company. Mr. Madadi has been arrested a number of times before. The latest arrest took place in the North Branch of the Employment office in Tehran on December 27, 2008. Mr. Molayee, Maddi’s lawyer, has told the BBC Persian that Mr. Madadi has been arrested according to a court order issued by division 14 of the Islamic Revolution Court according to which he has been sentenced to three and half years of imprisonment for “acting against the national security” and “propaganda against the system” . However, Mr. Molayee reports that the court order was never given to him or Mr. Madadi, thus they did not have a chance to appeal it. The court claims that they had verbally informed Mr. Madadi about it when he was detained for another case previously. Mr. Madadi had spent about 4 months in prison last year. Mr. Madadi is currently detained in Evin prison.

– Mr. Pedram Nasrolahi, who is a member of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations in Kurdistan , arrested on December 24, 2008.

– Mr. Bakhtiar Rahimi, a labour activist in Kurdistan was arrested on December 23, 2008. Mr. Rahimi had been previously incarcerated and released after a few months.

In addition, many labour activists in Iran are under suspended sentences or await trials and are suspended or expelled from their workplace as the result of their labour activities, including many member of the Vahed Syndicate in Tehran as well as five leaders of the Syndicate of Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company Workers’ Syndicate who were put on trial on December 20, 2008 and are now awaiting their verdict.

Therefore, I condemn all these arrests and repression of labour activists and organizations in Iran and demand the immediate and unconditional freedom of all incarcerated workers. I also ask the Iranian government to respect workers’ rights to organize, assemble and strike, put an end to persecution of labour activists and not to interfere in the affairs of independent workers’ organizations.

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Organization
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Send Copy of your Protest Letters to:
info@leader.ir, dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir, info@judiciary.ir; iran@un.int
CC: info@workers-iran.org
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A protest rally against increased repression of labour and social activists in Iran

In recent days, the Islamic Republic of Iran has intensified its pressures and repression of labour and social activists in Iran . A number of labour activists in Iran have recently been arrested and incarcerated including Ebrahim Madadi, Pedram Nasrolahi, Bijan Amiri, Mohsen Hakimi Saleh Bahrami and a number of education workers and teachers. Mahmoud Salehi and Bakhtiar Rahimi have been summoned to court for unjustifiable reasons and Mansour Osanloo, Farzad Kamangat and Afshin Shams continue to be imprisoned. Heavy charges have been laid against student activists in Iran .

We, along with other progressive and labour forces, will participate in a rally on Saturday, January 3, 2009 outside the BBC Persian Section in London . Please join us and add your voice to the protests!
When: Saturday, January 3, 2009, 1 to 3 PM
Where: BBC Persian Section in London (Holborn)

International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran- UK Section

For more information, contact info@workers-iran.org or alliance@workers-iran.org
International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)
http://www.workers-iran.org

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