Protest against the repression of labour activists and political prisoners in Iran!

November 10, 2017

77988The Islamic Republic of Iran is engaged in an ongoing persecution and repression of labour activists across the country. Many labour activists and workers’ rights defenders are being prosecuted and imprisoned across Iran. Read the rest of this entry »


Updates from Tehran bus workers’ union: Davood Razavi appeared in the court of appeal, Ebrahim Madadi summoned by the Court, Reza Shahabi’s message from Rajaee Shahr Prison

November 10, 2017

7799IASWI: According to a statement by Vahed Syndicate, Mr. Davood Razavi, a member of the board of directors of Tehran bus workers’ union (Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company – or also called Vahed Syndicate), attended a hearing at Branch 36 of the Appeals Court of the Islamic Revolutionary court on November 4, 2017. The trial for this union activist was held while his lawyer, Mr. Read the rest of this entry »

Jailed Iranian labour activist, Mahmoud Salehi, taken to hospital with heart problems

November 10, 2017

msProminent Iranian labour activist, Mahmoud Salehi, has been transferred to Khomeini Hospital in City of Saqez after he had heart problems in prison on November 3, 2017. Salehi was transferred to hospital in chains. He is presently hospitalized in the Cardiology Department of “Imam Khomeini Hospital” in Saqez, Kurdistan Province. Doctors thought he might have had a heart attack while in prison and ordered to keep him under watch. His symptoms included severe chest pain, shortness of breath and nausea. Read the rest of this entry »

Sample Protest letter against repression of labour activists in Iran (updated November 7, 2017):

November 10, 2017



We are writing this to protest against the Islamic Republic of Iran ongoing persecution and repression of labour activists across the country. Many labour activists and workers’ rights defenders are being prosecuted and imprisoned across Iran.

Veteran labour activist, Mahmoud Salehi, who has been in and out of jail for the past thirty years, was re-imprisoned on October 28th, 2017. On November 3, 3017, Salehi suffered heart problems and was taken to the hospital from the prison. Salehi has lost both of his kidneys during his past imprisonment periods and must do kidney dialysis in the hospital twice a week. The life of Mahmoud Salehi will be in grave danger in prison. Read the rest of this entry »

Gozareshgaran appeal in protest for the re-arrest of Mahmoud Salehi and in condemnation of the Islamic Republic of Iran

November 8, 2017

23032462_1620070118013996_6633714032773949670_nFreedom will not be given, it should be taken! Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Martin Luther King, Jr. To the freedom fighters and to the international working class community!

The Islamic Republic, in its continuation of the serial killings and silencing labor activists in Iran, and after driving Afshin Osanlo, Shahrokh Zamani, Korosh Bakhshandeh and Mohammad Jarahi to the verge of death, who imprisoned Reza Shahabi, who has critical physical health conditions, in the notorious dungeon, under inhuman pressures. Then, the capture and torturing of Mohammad Nazari, Ismail Abdi, Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi, Mohsen Omrani, and Rasoul Bedaghi, by its security guards and plain clothes Gestapo’s arbitrarily re-arrested Mahmoud Salehi , who was leaving hospital after his dialyzes. Read the rest of this entry »

Mahmoud Salehi arrested and re-imprisoned for one more year

November 5, 2017

23032462_1620070118013996_6633714032773949670_nAbout noon on Saturday, October 28, 2017, Mahmoud Salehi, a prominent activist of the Iranian Labour Movement, was arrested by four plainclothes security forces immediately after his kidney dialysis in a hospital in Saqez, Kurdistan province.


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Well-known labour activist and former political prisoner Mohammad Jarahi dies of cancer. The Iranian labour movement holds government responsible for Jarahi’s death.

October 9, 2017

untitledMohammad Jarahi, a well-known and highly respected labour activist in Iran, died of thyroid cancer and a wide range of complications and other illnesses caused as a result of the lack of proper treatment during his five-year long imprisonment. He passed away on October 5, 2017 in Shohada Tajrish hospital in Tehran and was buried on October 6th in City of Tabriz. Many labour and social activists attended his funeral. He was about 59 years old. Read the rest of this entry »

Urgent call: Reza Shahabi on his 41st day of hunger strike.

September 19, 2017

001Reza Shahabi is on his 41st day of hunger strike. According to an Urgent Action statement issued by the Amnesty International on September 18, 2017, Shahabi “is experiencing severe headaches and dizziness, drops in his blood pressure, worsening numbness on the left side of his body, burning sensations in his stomach and digestive problems. He is also believed to have lost about 13 kg. He was taken to the prison medical clinic on 31 August but did not receive the specialized medical care that he requires”. Read the rest of this entry »

IASWI’s statement: In condemnation of the slaughter of cross- border porters in Iranian Kurdistan

September 13, 2017

00000The Islamic Republic of Iran’s security forces have committed yet another crime and killed two innocent, hardworking cross-border porters (merchandise-carriers known in Iran as Kolbar). These two latest victims have joined the long list of other cross-border porters, who in order to earn a meager income resort to carrying heavy goods on their back or horseback, and cross borders between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, (or between Iran and Pakistan) but become targets of the Islamic regime’s criminal security forces and never return to their families and loved ones. Read the rest of this entry »


September 8, 2017

Reza-ShahabyBased on a report by the Syndicate ofthe Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, in order to prevent the confiscation of the bail money by the prosecutor’s office, Reza Shahabi, a Board Member of the Syndicate, together with a number of members of this Syndicate, his family and friends, presented himself to the Rajaee Shahr Prison, on Tuesday, 8th of August, 2017, at 6:20 P.M, and eventually, he was imprisoned in The Rajaee Shahr Prison, on 9th of August, 2017. Read the rest of this entry »