Press Release For Immediate Release Demonstration Against Recent Brutal Executions in IranWhen: Friday, May 21, 2010 , 12:00 PM , Where: Outside the Islamic Republic of Iran Embassy in Ottawa 245 Metcalfe St., Ottawa


 A rally will take place outside Iranian Embassy in Ottawa to condemn the brutal execution of the teacher, human rights activist and a member of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, Farzad Kamangar, along with four other political prisoners in Iran.

  Mr. Farzad Kamangar, Mr. Ali Heydarian, Mr. Farhad Vakilie, Ms. Shirin Alamhouli and Mr. Mehdi Eslamian were all executed in Evin Prison on May 9, 2010. None of the lawyers nor the families of the defendants were aware of executions.  Even Bodies of the 5 executed political prisoners has not yet been delivered to their families as of this time.

 Since execution of the above five political prisoners, Iranians inside and outside the country and progressive forces all over the world have been protesting on daily basis to show their strong opposition to repressive actions of the Islamic Republic of Iran. There was a general strike in Kurdistan province of Iran on May 13, 2010 to condemn these killings as four of the above including Farzad were of the Kurdish background.

 Despite total absence of a fair judicial process, the fact that Mr Kamangar’s appeal was still to be reviewed by the Supreme Court, though Mr Kamangar’s lawyer had been told that the file had been lost, he has still been executed.

 These brutal executions raises serious concerns about the fate of other political prisoners including jailed labour activists and teachers including Mansour Osanloo and Ebrahim Madadi, leaders of the Tehran Bus Workers’ Union (Vahed Syndicate), and jailed teachers like Abdolreza Ghanbari, who, has been sentenced to death, Seyed Hashem Khastar, Rasoul Bedaghi, Abdollah Momeni, Mahmoud Beheshti Langeroudi, Ali Akbar Baghani, Mohammad Davari, Alireza Hashemi, Hossein Baastaninejad, and Ghorban Ahmadi ( all according to the latest statement by the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association).  There are hundreds of others students, women’s rights’, human rights’ and political activists in prisons across Iran.

This rally is organized by the Council in Support of People’s Struggles in Iran . It has also been endorsed by the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)-Canada and many other labour and progressive organizations. Representatives of  Canadian and Iranian labour and human rights’ groups will speak at the rally.

Condemn execution of political prisoners in Iran!

Free all political prisoners in Iran now!

Free all jailed labour and teacher activists now!

End torture and executions immediately!

For more information, please contact:

Council in Support of People’s Struggles in Iran:


Phone numbers: 647-449-4120 / 416-997-2945

Latest news:

On Wednesday, a gathering of mourning mothers and sisters of those executed on May 9th, 2010

Hrana News- The mothers and sisters of the prisoners who were executed on May 9th, will be gathering in a protest on Wednesday May 19th, against the lack of delivery of their loved ones bodies by the Judiciary-Security Branch.
According to Hrana reporters, considering the non viable repeated promises of the authorities, even the informal remarks of the burial of these martyrs and in view of their families to receive these 5 executed bodies is their legal right; they have announced today that on Wednesday morning at 11am, May 19th, they will sit-in protest in front of the Governor-General Office of Kurdestan in the city of Sanandej so they can receive the bodies of their loved ones.
It is to be noted that the families of these martyred prisoners have been making numerous trips to Tehran since Monday May 10th, demanding the delivery of their loved ones bodies however the officials despite the promises have not conducted the effective measures to deliver these bodies and this has added to the turmoil and discomfort of these mourning families.
The ones executed on May 9th refer to 5 political prisoners known as Farzad Kamangar, Shirin Alam Houi, Ali Heydarian, Farhad Vakili and Mehdi Eslamian which occurred secretly on the date mentioned in Evin Prison.

Translated by St Journalist

Worldwide protests

Protests, rallies, marches and various on-line campaigns have been organized by Iranian opposition groups across the world as well as supporters in many different countries. People in Turkey and Afghanistan have been condemning and protesting these executions. There were a very successful general strike in Iranian Kurdistan on May 13th protesting the execution of the above five political prisoners by shutting down shops, workplaces and schools. Almost all Iranian labour and human rights groups have issued strong statements. Labour organizations internationally have expressed their outrage at these inhuman actions. From Education International to International Metal Workers’ Federation and Amnesty International  to Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, The Rail & Maritime Transport Union of New Zealand and the UK PCS Union … to Vahed Workers’ Syndicate in Tehran…and many many more organizations have strongly condemned the execution of Farzad Kamangar, Shirin Alam Houli, Ali Heydarian, Farhad Vakili and Mehdi Eslamian.

Protest actions need to continue and expanded to maximize pressures on the Islamic Republic of Iran to stop killings and the imprisonment and persecution of labour and political activists.

LabourStart: Act NOW!
Iran: Farzad Kamangar executed


 Please use any part or the entire Sample Protest Letter:

Sample Protest Letter-

I (we) am (are) writing this to strongly condemn the execution of Fazad Kamnagar, teacher, labour and human rights’ activist by the Islamic Republic of Iran along with four other political prisoners. 

The Islamic Republic of Iran has executed education worker, teacher and human rights activist Farzad Kamangar and four political prisoners in Iran on May 9, 2010.  According to the latest report, Mr. Farzad Kamangarn,Mr. Ali Heydarian, Mr. Farhad Vakilie, Ms. Shirin Alamhouli and Mr. Mehdi Eslamian were all executed today. None of the lawyers nor the families of the defendants were aware of executions.

I (we) condemn continuous gross attacks on human and workers’ rights in Iran. I (we) demand the immediate and unconditional freedom of all political prisoners and jailed workers and students.

I (we) call on the Iranian government to fully respect workers’ and human rights including freedom of speech and expression, and the rights to organize, assemble and protest.   We call on the IRI to put an end to persecution of labour and human rights activists and social justice and political organizations and not to impede their activities. No one should be persecuted, jailed and assaulted because of practicing their fundamental human rights. Torture and executions must be stopped immediately.




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International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)


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