Urgent Action needed:Raid on workers’ meeting: Arrests of 60 labour activists in Iran

According to a series of news releases by the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ organizations, on Friday, 15th of June, 2012, at 12 noon, about 60 labour activists including many members of the “Coordinating Committee” were arrested by the agents of the intelligence Ministry after they raided a house in city of Karaj while a meeting of the coordinating committee was underway. Arrestees were beaten by the security agents and transferred to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj .  According to an update issued by the “Coordinating Committee” in the afternoon of June 16th, the majority of detainees were released on bail with the exception of the following labour activists.  Mitra Homayooni, Reyhaneh Ansari, Alireza Asgari, Saeed Marzaban, Cyrus Fathi, Masoud Salimpour,  Maziar Mehrpour,  Jalil Mohammadi and Faramarz Fetrat Nejad. According to the Coordinating Committee, the labour activists arrested on June 15th included:  Mahmoud Salehi, Mitra Homayooni, Vafa Ghaderi, Reyhaneh Ansari, Khaled Hosseini, Saeed Marzban, Cyrus Fathi, Ghaleb Hoss eini, Mohammad Abdipour, Jalal Hosseini, Alireza Asgari, Masoud Salimpour, Abbas Andriyany, Sediq Amjadi, Fattah Soleimani, Maziar Mehrpour, Mohammad Molanai, Vahed Seyyedeh, Jalil Sharifian, Sediq Khosravi, Yusuf Ab Kharabad, Afshin Nadimi, and Faramarz Fetrat Nejad (A full list of detainees is not available at this time).

The Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ organizations condemned the arrest of its members and other workers activists and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all labour activists.

 This raid is absolutely outrageous and unacceptable. The Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) must be condemned worldwide by all labour and progressive organizations and activists around the world for this gross act of violence against workers. D espite the continued gross violation of workers’ rights in Iran, and regardless of the fact that labour activists are severely repressed, IRI has been elected as an alternate member of ILO’s Board of Directors and the chair of ILO Committee on Employment and Social Policies in recent years; in addition, there are reports that at the 2012 ILC, which just ended on June 15th, Iran was elected to chair the Selection Committee of the ILC. The irony is that this raid on workers’ meeting took place while the final session of the ILC was taking place.  In the past number of years, workers in Iran have been sending numerous protest letters to the ILO without witnessing any positive changes in their terrifying conditions. The election of Iran at the ILO’s governing body and its selection committee is considered another slap on the face of Iranian labour movement.

 IASWI is calling on all labour and human rights organizations and concerned individuals to express their strong condemnation for this attack on labour organizations and activists in Iran and demand the immediate and unconditional release of all detainees (see the sample protest letter).

 More updates to follow soon.

 International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)

info@workers-iran.org

www.workers-iran.org

June 16, 2012

Send a protest letter to the IRI: Demand the release of detained labour activists

Sample Protest letter :

  I (we) have been informed that:

 on Friday, 15th of June, 2012, at 12 noon, about 60 labour activists including many members of the “Coordinating Committee” were arrested by the agents of the intelligence Ministry after they raided a house in city of Karaj while a meeting of the coordinating committee was underway. Arrestees were beaten by the security agents and transferred to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj .  According to an update issued by the “Coordinating Committee” in the afternoon of June 16th, the majority of detainees were released on bail with the exception of the following labour activists.  Mitra Homayooni, Reyhaneh Ansari, Alireza Asgari, Saeed Marzaban, Cyrus Fathi, Masoud Salimpour,  Maziar Mehrpour,  Jalil Mohammadi and Faramarz Fetrat Nejad.

 According to the Coordinating Committee the labour activists arrested included:  Mahmoud Salehi, Mitra Homayooni, Vafa Ghaderi, Reyhaneh Ansari, Khaled Hosseini, Saeed Marzban, Cyrus Fathi, Ghaleb Hoss eini, Mohammad Abdipour, Jalal Hosseini, Alireza Asgari, Masoud Salimpour, Abbas Andriyany, Sediq Amjadi, Fattah Soleimani, Maziar Mehrpour, Mohammad Molanai, Vahed Seyyedeh, Jalil Sharifian, Sediq Khosravi, Yusuf Ab Kharabad, Afshin Nadimi, and Faramarz Fetrat Nejad.

 We continue to witness many labour activists unjustly in prisons in Iran, like Reza Shahabi, Ali Nejati, Shahrokh Zamani, Mohmmad Jarahi, Ali Akhavan, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh. However, this raid on a workers’ meeting is absolutely outrageous and inexcusable; it is a gross violation of the most basic rights of workers which is recognized by international conventions and universal human rights.

 I (we) strongly condemn the recent raid and arrests of over 60 workers in Karaj. I (we) demand the immediate and unconditional freedom of all labour activists in Iran.

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