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Speak out against the persecution and repression of labour activists in Iran
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Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei Leader of the Islamic Republic email@example.com Hassan Rouhani President of the Islamic Republic of Iran firstname.lastname@example.org RE: Persecution and repression of labour activists in Iran We are contacting you to raise our deep concern regarding the ongoing persecution and repression of labour activists in Iran. We are aware that many labour activists and workers’ rights defenders are being prosecuted and imprisoned across the country, and we appeal to you to release these prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally. These activists include: • Reza Shahabi, an executive board member of Tehran bus workers’ Syndicate (Vahed Syndicate), who was re-imprisoned on August 9, 2017. Reza Shahabi has serious health issues because of years of mistreatment and torture during his interrogations. He must be taken to a civil hospital with full facility for proper specialized treatment, and freed unconditionally. • Esmail Abdi, a member of the board of directors of the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association (Tehran), is currently serving a six-year jail sentence, and his interrogators have been threatening to add his previous suspended sentences, which had been issued against him in 2010. • Mahmoud Beheshti Langroodi, spokesperson for the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association (Tehran), was arrested and transferred to Evin prison on September 12, 2017.The appeals court recently confirmed another five-year jail term against him which means his total prison sentences are now 14 years. • Ebrahim Madadi and Davood Razavi, members of the board of directors of Tehran and suburbs bus workers’ syndicate, were arrested by the intelligence forces on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, and transferred to the Evin prison. After 22 days in solitary confinement, they were released on bail. In February 2016, they were sentenced to a total of ten years and three months imprisonment (five years and three months for Madadi, and five years for Razavi), by the branch 26 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court. They have appealed these unjust sentences. In addition, many labour activists in Iran are under suspended sentences, or await trials, and are threatened, suspended, or expelled from their workplace as the result of their labour activities. This includes many other members of the bus workers’ syndicate in Tehran, and some members of the Syndicate of Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company Workers. We call on your government to put an end to the arrests and repression of labour activists in Iran. We further request the immediate and unconditional freedom of all jailed labour activists and political prisoners in Iran. Yours truly,
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