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Archive for December, 2010

Reza Shahabi Transferred to Hospital Following the Hunger Strike

Reza Shahabi, the imprisoned member of Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate has been taken to hosptial on December 11 following the deterioration of his health. Shahab started a dry hunger strike on December 4 protesting his continued detention following the payment of the assigned bail in his case. The report of his transfer to the hospital [...]

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Iran: Further information: Imprisoned trade unionist on hunger strike: Reza Shahabi

imprisoned trade unionist on hunger strike Reza Shahabi, a leading member of an independent but unrecognized trade union in Iran, remains detained in Evin Prison, Tehran, where he has begun a hunger strike. Although Saeed Torabian, another leading member, was released on 20 July, other union members have since been arrested, bringing the total in [...]

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urgent action – Iowa and Iran!

IUF Uniting food, farm and hotel workers world-wide In the latest crackdown on Iran’s independent union at the giant cane growing and processing Haft Tapeh complex in the southern city of Shush, Executive Board President Reza Rakhshan was sentenced to 6 months in prison on December 1 by the Court of Appeal in the city [...]

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Open Letter by the Family of Reza Shahabi

Step up Efforts to Free Reza To: Workers, workers’ organizations, human rights groups and the public media As you may well know, Reza Shahabi, the imprisoned worker in ward 209 of Evin Prison has started a dry hunger strike on December 4. As a result of this and on account of multiple prior ailments, as [...]

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Open Season on Iranian Workers

Iran Labor Report This is an abridged version of a longer article that will appear in the international media. Months before the government of Mahmood Ahmadinejad began putting the finishing touches on its draconian “Subsidies Slashing Program”, a frontal assault got quietly underway against the country’s struggling unions perhaps as a sort of preemptive counter-measure. [...]

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Statement of Vahed Union on Reza Shahabi’s Hunger Strike in Prison

The Vahed Bus Drivers Syndicate expresses its deepest concern over the health of Reza Shahabi and calls for a prompt review of his and other syndicate members’ cases. Last Thursday, December 9, Reza Shahabi’s Family Paid a Visit to Him According to Reza Shahabi’s family, the incarcerated member of the (Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus [...]

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The Statement of Haft Tapeh Syndicate on the Court Ruling against Reza Rakhshan

An Injury to One is An Injury to All The following is the statement released by the Haft Tapeh Sugar Union on the recent ruling for the arrest of their leader, Reza Rakhshan. In the end, Reza Rakhshan, the head of our syndicate, has also been sentenced by (city of) Ahvaz Appeals Court to six [...]

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Hard Lives for Afghans in Iran

by AIRIS MEHREGAN in Tehran This article first appeared in Tehran Bureau. [ dispatch ] With rising unemployment and an increasingly strained economy, the Iranian government and many of the country’s people seek the root cause of their problems in external factors. One of the favorite explanations many have latched onto of late is the [...]

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