Afshin Osanloo died in Prison The Iranian government is responsible for Afshin Osanloo’s death

NamnlösJune 23, 2013 – According to the latest news from Iran, Afshin Osanloo, a jailed worker and political prisoner, suffered a heart attack on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in notorious Rajai-Shahr Prison and passed away on June 21, 2013 in a hospital in the City of Karaj.

 Afshin’s sister has emphasized in an interview after his death that he did not have any hearth problems. Rajai Shahr is a notorious prison with a very high security in which we have witnessed numerous questionable deaths of political prisoners in past few years. Many prisoners go though severe torture, medical neglects and gross mistreatments by security guards and prison authorities. Afshin was severely tortured after his arrest and during his interrogations.

 Afshin Osanloo was 42 years old. He was a younger brother of Mansour Osanloo who is the former president of the board of directors of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company. Mansour Osanloo left Iran a few months ago.

 IASWI holds the Islamic Republic of Iran fully accountable for the death of Afshin Osanloo. All jailed workers and political prisoners in Iran must be freed unconditionally and without delays.

 More updates on Afshin Osanloo’s tragic death and an urgent call for action to follow shortly.

 International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)

 Background information about Afshin Osanloo:

*”Security forces arrested Afshin Osanloo in the main Tehran bus terminal in December 2010 without any specified charges. He spent three months inside Evin Prison’s Security Ward 209 without his family’s knowledge. He was sentenced to five years in prison in May 2011 on charges of “acting against national security” and “propagating against the state” without access to a lawyer, and his sentence was upheld by an appeals court. On Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Afshin Osanloo was abruptly transferred to the Special Security Ward of Rajaee Shahr Prison on orders from Evin Prison’s Disciplinary Council and without any explanation. Prior to his abrupt transfer, Osanloo had been serving a five-year prison term at Evin Prison.  Describing his torture at the hands of Islamic Republic regime henchmen, Afshin Osanloo issued the following appeal to the world community on August 7, 2012 from the horrible Rajai Shahr Prison: “I am Afshin Osanloo of the labor movement in Iran; I drive a transport truck between cities and am now in Gohardasht (Rajaei Shahr) prison in Iran. In the autumn of 2010, while resting in the dormitory for drivers in the passenger terminal, I was arrested by armed persons wearing casual clothing – not uniforms – and was taken to Section 209 of Evin prison. For five months I was kept in solitary confinement and was interrogated and tortured. The tortures included beatings of the soles of my feet with cables; forcing me to run on the beaten feet which were covered in sores and cuts; gross verbal insults and swearing; week-long interrogations, 18 hours at a time, while being beaten by a group of men which resulted in my ribs and some teeth being broken. During these five months, my family had no information about me whatsoever, and their inquiries were not answered. I was not even permitted one phone call to my elderly mother who also was suffering from my brother’s imprisonment (Mansour Osanloo, (former) Chairman of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company)”. * See the link for full letter


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