Second Communiqué from the Reza Shahabi Defence Committee

 As of today, fifteen days have passed from the commencement of Reza Shahabi’s hunger strike, in section 209 of Evin prison. We have no news of Reza’s conditions.  The last time that we heard his voice was on 4th December 2011 and he spoke in a weak and shaking tone, which reflected his poor condition.  There is a chance that Reza Shahabi may be left permanently disabled, and we still do not know whether or not he has been taken to hospital.

 The Tehran prosecutor’s office sent the coroner’s report to Evin prison, in which it has been recommended that Reza Shahabi must be quickly taken to hospital for an emergency operation.

 On past Sunday, when Reza was speaking with his wife and children, constant pressure could be heard from the other end telling him to hang up and end the communication.  This is whilst Sundays are set aside for prisoners from section 209 to use the telephone.  However the guards sought to put him under further psychological pressure by telling him to finish his call quickly, even though he was using his official weekly telephone time; they left him with no choice but to cut his conversation short.

 For a long time, Reza’s family have not been able to visit him. During his last fortnightly visiting time Reza Shahabi had been too weak and sick to get to the visiting room because of the effects of his hunger strike.  Security operatives tried to do psychological damage to his family by telling them that Reza himself did not wish to “see his family”.

 Shahabi is a worker who has defended the legitimate rights of other fellow workers, and because of that he has been in detention for 19 months . He is in a very unsafe condition and there is a growing fear that he might become paralyzed. He is facing unbearable conditions and his life is in danger.

 The Reza Shahabi Defence Committee thanks all the organizations and individuals who have declared their support or membership of the committee and will soon communicate these names and declarations.

 This committee calls for urgent steps to be taken in the immediate and unconditional release of Reza Shahabi.

 Reza Shahabi Defence Committee- 16 Azar 1390

December 7, 2011

فرانسه:

Communiqué n° 2 du comité de défense de Réza Shahabi

 Depuis 15 jours, Réza Shahabi a entamé une grève de la faim. Ce travailleur et militant syndicaliste est détenu dans la section 209 de la prison d’Evin. Nous n’avons pas beaucoup de  nouvelles sur sa situation.

La dernière fois qu’on a entendu la voix de Réza ; c’était le dimanche 13 Azar ( 4 décembre), il avait une voix tremblante qui révélait sa très mauvaise santé. Réza pourrait devenir paralysé (selon les médecins). On ne sait pas encore s’il a été transféré à l’hôpital ou pas ?

Le procureur de Téhéran  a envoyé à la prison la confirmation du médecin légal selon lequel

Réza Shahabi a besoin ,le plus rapidement possible, d’une opération chirurgicale .

 Le dimanche , pendant que Réza était en train de parler avec sa femme et ses enfants, alors que chaque prisonnier a droit de parler au téléphone un temps réglementé, Réza a été contraint de finir rapidement sa conversation. Il subit apparemment beaucoup de pression par des gardiens de la prison.

 La famille de Réza n’a pas droit de visite régulière par des diverses raisons notamment l’état de santé de celui-ci.( d’après les agents de la prison).

 Shahabi est un travailleur et le militant syndicaliste, Cela fait 19 mois qu’il est en prison, seulement pour avoir défendu les intérêts des travailleurs. Et actuellement il risque de devenir paralysé et sa vie est en danger.

Le comité de défense de Réza Shahabi remercie toutes les organisations et toutes les personnes qui sont membre du comité ou ont apporté leur soutien.

 Ce comité appelle à une action immédiate et il demande la libération rapide et sans condition de R.Shahabi.

 Le comité de défense de Réza Shahabi

Le 16 Azar 1390 ( le 7 décembre 2011)

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