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Issue #1647      July 16, 2014

Solidarity call

We would like to ask you for supporting us regarding Reza Shahabi’s situation. Today, the Iranian workers’ movement is in the worst possible situation that could be imagined. Labour and union leaders are jailed, simply for defending workers’ rights.

The case of Reza Shahabi (Treasurer of Tehran & Suburbs Bus Syndicate) who has been sentenced to seven years, needs urgent action. He has been denied medical treatment and has been transferred from Evin prison in Tehran to Rajayi Shahr prison in Karaj, while he is suffering from health problems such as chronic back pain, and low blood pressure. To protest his ill-treatment, he has gone on a hunger strike since June 1, 2014. Now his strike has passed its 40th day and his situation is of concern to his family, friends and all labour activists nationally and internationally. For example, French trade unions sent a petition to the Supreme Leader of Iran asking for the release Reza Shahabi urgently and unconditionally.

The Islamic Regime is responsible for the well-being of Reza Shahabi, because it pays no attention whatsoever to the physical and psychological health of political prisoners.

We would be grateful if you join us in supporting Reza Shahabi by sending a protest letter to Iran’s officials.

Furthermore, we would be honoured to have an appointment with you to discuss possible ways of interaction and communication regarding Iran’s labor movement.

I would like to thank you in advance.

On behalf of the Solidarity Committee with Iranian Workers Movement – Australia

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