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Tuesday, 10 October 2017



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Monday, 11 September 2017

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FREE Reza Shahabi,

a member of the Executive Committee of the Trade Union of the Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company, Reza has been imprisoned since 2010 
and had been on under medical leave of absence after suffering severe forms of ill treatment while in detention was ordered to return to prison on August 8th. According to a report by this trade union, Mr Shahabi began his hunger strike protest on August 8th as he entered Rejai Shahr prison in Karaj. He is protesting about the legality of his case and prison conditions.

On August 12th the Trade Union of the Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company issued a statement regarding the return of Reza Shahabi to prison, saying that the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office acted against the law in not considering Reza’s medical leave as part of serving his sentence and also building a made-up case against him while he was in prison. As a result this labour activist has been sentenced to a further year in prison: “Even though medical leave is counted as part of a prison term, the Prosecutor’s Office is considering this jailed toiling worker’s five months’ medical leave, which had been approved by the medical authorities previously, as absence. In addition, while serving his prison term, through building a made-up case, the court sentenced Shahabi to a further year’s imprisonment to follow immediately after the previous conviction and Shahabi must be held in prison for another year and five months, until January 8th 2019.”
Reza Shahabi is now said to be suffering from numbness in various parts of his body. According to reports, in recent days, due to the increased physical and psychological pressures of the hunger strike, he is losing, or has lost, sensitivity in his left side. This problem is more pronounced in the fingers of his left hand.
According to the prison infirmary, where Mr Shahabi was examined during recent days, his loss of sensitivity needs to be examined by a specialist. Rejai Shahr prison neither has any doctor with this specialism nor have any steps been taken to take him to a health centre outside the prison.
Reza Shahabi is part of a large number of political prisoners in Rejai Shahr who are on hunger strike as a protest against conditions inside this notorious jail. Other hunger strikes whose health is deteriorating include: Saeed Masouri, Saeed Shirzad, Shahin Zoghitabar, Reza Akbari Mofared, Abolghasem Fouladvand, Hassan Sadeghi, Mohammad Nazari, Payam Shakiba, Mohammad Banazadeh, Amir Khizi and Mohammad Ali (Pirouz) Mansouri.
Already many labour organisations have supported Reza Shahabi and demanded his release. These include five French trade unions and confederations: Confédération générale du travail (CGT), Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail (CFDT), Union Nationale des Syndicats Autonomes (UNSA), Solidaires Unitaires Démocratiques (SUD) and Fédération Syndicale Unitaire (FSU).
The International Federation of Transport Workers (ITF) has also demanded that Reza Shahabi and Ebrahim Madadi, a fellow Vahed activist, be released.
After 24 days on hunger strike Reza Shahabi’s health is deteriorating. His condition is now said to be serious

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

 The September issue of Iran Today is out now -


Latest issue here

It is published by The Committee for the Defence of Iranian
Peoples Rights CODIR  (supported by UNISON)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Somalia: Stop attacks on journalists and other trade unionists

In the past four years, the Federal Government of Somalia has been attacking the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and the Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU), because these unions refused to be controlled by the government. The government disbanded union meetings of NUSOJ in Mogadishu, imposed non-union members as leaders of FESTU and NUSOJ, intimidated union leaders and members including arrest, travel restrictions, de-registered unions to make them illegal, sacked most senior judges of the country who made favourable rulings for the union in February 2016, and denied FESTU the right to represent workers in tripartite platforms. The Supreme Court of Somalia and the ILO supported the demand that the government recognise the internationally recognised leadership of NUSOJ and FESTU, and stop the attacks on the unions.


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