Reza Shahabi taken to the courtbShahabi’s hunger strike ended as of December 19, 2010. Ali Nejati’s dismissal confirmed Fariborz Raees Dana arrested after critiquing government subsidy cuts. Model statement: Repression of labour activists in Iran must stop

Reza Shahabi taken to the court

Shahabi’s hunger strike ended as of December 19, 2010

According to the latest news, which has been confirmed by Reza Shahabi’s family in Iran, Reza Shahabi was transferred to the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran (on Revolution Street) in the morning of Sunday, December 19, 2010.

The authorities attempted to put Shahabi on trail under Judge Salavaati and forcing him to accept a duty council. However, Shahabi protested that arrangement and emphasized that his lawyer is Mr. Masoud Shafiee. As a result they could not continue with his trail.

 

Mr. Shafiee had not been able to access Shahabi’s file or to meet with any judicial authorities about this case until this time. However, he appeared in court on December 19th to verify that he is Shahabi’s legal representative. After that, Mr. Shafiee was given the permission to visit Shahabi in prison at a later time to get his signature in order to access his file. His court date is expected to be scheduled subsequently.  

 

Reza Shahabi was taken back to the prison the same day. His family and friends saw him in prisoner transport vehicle. According to his family, Reza smiled and waved to them. He seemed to be in good spirit.

 

According to the same news, Shahabi has announced that because his file has now been activated, and due to numerous calls from the labour movement, he decided to stop his hunger strike as of the evening of Sunday, December 19, 2010; however, he has reportedly said he would resume his hunger strike if the authorities decide to create obstacles by refusing his release. Reza has thanked and sent his warmest regards to all those who supported him.

As the result of six months of incarceration and emotional and physical pressures, Shahabi is not in a good health conditions. He suffers from tooth ache; back and should pain, Arthritis in his left hand as well as stomach problems.

International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)

(info@workers-iran.org)

Ali Nejati’s dismissal confirmed

According to a statement issued by the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations, Mr. Ali Nejati, a board member and former president of the board of directors of the Syndicate of Workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company, has received an approval of his dismissal from the Court of Administrative Justice on December 18, 2010.

Ali Nejati had first received a dismissal notice from the Board of Inquiry and later a confirmation by the Disputes Board of the city of Shoush. Nejati later appealed the decision to the court of Administrative Justice in Tehran. He has been waiting for 14 months for a verdict from court. In total, it’s now 22 months since he was fired from the Sugar Cane company because of his labour activities. Nejati had spent for than 6 months in prison in late 2009 and early 2010.

IASWI (info@workers-iran.org)

 Fariborz Raees Dana arrested after critiquing government subsidy cuts

Fariborz Raees Dana, an economist and a member of Iranian Writers’ Association was arrested on Saturday, December 19, 2010 at his home a few hours after he criticized the subsidy cuts in an interview with the BBC Persian. The Islamic Republic of Iran has warned that they would harshly suppress any opposition to their subsidy cuts.

A separate report on subsidy cuts will be issued soon.

IASWI (info@workers-iran.org)

 Support workers’ and human rights in Iran

Demand an immediate and unconditional freedom of all jailed labour activists

Repression of labour activists in Iran must stop

 Free members and leaders of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company: Reza Shahabi, the Treasurer of the Syndicate, has been in jail since June 2010 (he was on hunger strike from December 4th to 19th, 2010), he is now facing trial; Gholamhossein Gholamhosseini, incarcerated since November 3, 2010 and reportedly been tortured by interrogators; Morteza Komsari, arrested on November 23, 2010, Ali Akbar Nazeri, jailed since November 29, 2010, in addition to Mansour Osanloo and Ebrahim Maddadi, president and vice-president of the Syndicate who have been in prison since 2007.

 We also demand an immediate end to persecution of members of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations and The Committee to Pursue the Establishment of Free Workers’ Organizations in Iran.  Sadigh Khosravi and Ibrahim Ismaili, two members of the “Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations” have been incarcerated since November 8, 2010 while about 100 other members of this committee are facing prosecution or jail terms. Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, a member of “The Committee to Pursue the Establishment of Free Workers Organizations”, has been incarcerated in Evin prison since June 12, 2010.  

  In addition, Mr. Reza Rakhshan, the President of board of directors of Syndicate of Workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company, has been sentenced to six month imprisonment on December 1, 2010 by branch 13 of the Court of appeal at Ahvaz in Iran for bogus charge of “spreading lies”. Ali Nejati, former president of the board of Haft Tepeh Workers’ Syndicate has now been given the final confirmation of his dismissal from work. Last year he spent more than 6 months in prison.

 Tens of other workers have been expelled from work and have been facing persecution.

 we call on all concerned organizations and individuals to condemn the continuous gross attacks on human and workers’ rights in Iran. We demand the immediate and unconditional freedom of all labour activists, students and political prisoners. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s repression of the right to organize, assemble and freedom of association and expression must stop.  

 Send 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

cc: info@workers-iran.org

 International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)

info@workers-iran.org

www.etehadbinalmelali.com

www.workers-iran.org

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