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Archive for October, 2010

Assault on the Families of Labor Activists in Iran

The families of the Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate are now targets of threat and physical violence by the Intelligence Ministry officials in Iran more than ever. In recent weeks, the intelligence ministry agents have escalated their attacks on the families of Mansour Osanloo. According to the reports by the Human Rights and [...]

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Kian Tires Labor Unrest Continues

Two weeks since the last round of strikes came to an end, labor unrest has picked up steam once again at Kian Tiers. According to the reports by the Free Assembly of the Iranian Workers, in the two weeks since the last strike action, workers did report for work at the plant by the start [...]

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A Teacher’s Life Hanging in Balance

In a wrenching open letter addressed to teachers’ unions, cultural entities, and human rights organizations worldwide, the wife of the condemned teacher Abdolreza Ghanbari has pleaded with them to spare no efforts to save her husband’s life. Ghanbari was picked up on January 3, 2010 by several agents of the Intelligence Ministry while teaching his [...]

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Update: Reza Shahabi Still in Jail

In our October 11 posting, we mentioned that bus union leader Reza Shahabi has been released from jail. The information which was obtained from several sources including HRANA (the Human Rights Activists News Agency) site and disseminated widely by other persian-langauge websites has subsequently been disputed by the union and Shahabi’s own family. According to [...]

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Reza Shahabi Freed

Reza Shahabi, a member of the board of directors of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate was released on October 10 following 120 days in jail. According to the Syndicate website, Shahabi in a phone conversation with his family had informed them that he had been taken to Tehran revolutionary prosecution court on October [...]

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Osanloo, Four Others, Support Mousavi’s Referendum Call

In an open letter sent out of the notorious Rejai Shahr prison on October 8, Osanloo and four other prisoners of conscience gave their unqualified support to Green Leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s call of submitting the government’s policies to a plebiscite. The four prisoners joining Osanloo were: Issa Saharkhiz (journalist and head of the government’s press [...]

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Four Labor Street Rallies

On October 10, four different labor disputes were taken to the streets of Tehran. In one instance, about 100 Ghazvin Naznakh textile workers held a rally across the presidential palace at Pasteur street. The factory shut down last March has left the workers without their due payments. The workers were demanding those back wages and [...]

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The Message of the Iranian Teachers Trade Association on the Occasion of the Teachers Day

On October 5, the international teachers’ day, the Iranian Teachers Trade Association has issued a communique. In this communique, the teachers’ association has regretted being active in a setting where “the education opportunities are not based on equality of the individuals but on the social and economic rank and class; an education system where the [...]

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Strike at Kian Tires

According to the reports by the Free Assembly of Iranian Workers, on October 2, workers at Kian Tires stopped work and went on a strike protesting issues back wages. On October 3, the protest continued with the workers refusing to eat at the factory cafeteria. The management met with the workers representatives in the afternoon [...]

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Labor Activist Goes on Hunger Strike in the Prison

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, pipe worker at Shahre Rey and labor/children rights activist who has been jailed and held in solitary confinement since June 12 has started a hunger strike on October 6. The authorities have set a bail equal to $100,000 for Ebrahimzaded which he has vigorously protested for its unreasonable condition. He has also protested [...]

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