Labor Rights

May 12, 2016

Imprisoned Teacher on Hunger Strike Sent Home After Hospitalization

Imprisoned Teacher on Hunger Strike Sent Home After Hospitalization The imprisoned teachers’ union activist, Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi, has been released from hospital and sent home after a 22-day hunger strike.  Beheshti Langroudi was sent home from Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran, where he was being treated for serious health complications resulting from the hunger strike, on May 11, 2016. The judicial orders that enabled […]... read more
May 10, 2016

Iranian Political Prisoners Turn to Life-Threatening Hunger Strikes to Protest Unjust Sentences

Iranian Political Prisoners Turn to Life-Threatening Hunger Strikes to Protest Unjust Sentences Teacher’s Rights Activist Hospitalized The imprisoned spokesman of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi, was hospitalized on May 8, 2016 after falling seriously ill from a 17-day hunger strike. He began a wet hunger strike on April 20, 2016 and only consumed water, tea, sugar and salt. After 13 days he followed through […]... read more
May 4, 2016

Teacher’s Union Leader Conditionally Released on Parole

Teacher’s Union Leader Conditionally Released on Parole Teacher’s rights activist Rassoul Bodaghi, who was imprisoned in Iran for six years for his peaceful labor activism, was conditionally released on April 29, 2016. His lawyer, Peyman Haj-Mahmoud Attar, recently spoke to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about Bodaghi’s unjust imprisonment and recent release. “These [imprisoned teachers and labor] activists haven’t […]... read more
May 2, 2016

Imprisoned Teacher Begins Hunger Strike to Protest Years Behind Bars for Peaceful Union Activities

Imprisoned Teacher Begins Hunger Strike to Protest Years Behind Bars for Peaceful Union Activities Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi, a teacher and activist who was sentenced to five years in prison and an additional four-year suspended prison sentence during a trial that lasted less than eight minutes, has been on hunger strike since April 20, 2016 in Tehran’s Evin Prison to protest “the tyrannical sentence issued by the Revolutionary Court,” a […]... read more
April 26, 2016

Bus Drivers’ Union Leader Awaiting Sentencing for Peaceful Labor Activism

Bus Drivers’ Union Leader Awaiting Sentencing for Peaceful Labor Activism Ebrahim Maddadi, a labor activist and leading member of Tehran’s bus drivers’ union, is awaiting sentencing after standing trial on April 16, 2016. Arrested for his peaceful activism, Maddadi has been charged with “collusion and assembly against national security,” his lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Maddadi, deputy chairman […]... read more
April 11, 2016

Voices from Iran: What are your expectations of President Rouhani?

Voices from Iran: What are your expectations of President Rouhani? In this new video, the Campaign asks Iranians from all walks of life inside and outside Iran to share their hopes and expectations of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani for the New Persian year.... read more
March 14, 2016

Why the UN Human Rights Mechanisms Must Continue to Monitor Iran’s Human Rights Situation

Why the UN Human Rights Mechanisms Must Continue to Monitor Iran’s Human Rights Situation This video explains why it is so imperative that the United Nations Human Rights Council ensures the Special Rapporteur and other UN mechanisms continue their critical work of monitoring Iran’s human rights situation, given the severe rights violations that persist in Iran and Tehran’s refusal to implement the dozens of promises it has made to […]... read more
February 24, 2016

Iranian Teacher’s Union Leader Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

Iranian Teacher’s Union Leader Sentenced to Six Years in Prison The secretary general of the Teachers Association of Iran, Esmail Abdi, has been sentenced to six years in prison for “propaganda against the state” and “collusion against national security” by Judge Abolqasem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court. The verdict was issued to Abdi’s lawyer on Tuesday, February 14, 2016, a source told […]... read more
February 9, 2016

Prominent Lawyers Disqualified from Iran’s Bar Association Election

Prominent Lawyers Disqualified from Iran’s Bar Association Election More than two dozen prominent lawyers, including well-known human rights defenders, have been disqualified from running in next month’s election for the Iranian Bar Association’s board of directors. Judge Hosseinali Nayeri, the head of the Supreme Disciplinary Court for Judges, issued a statement on February 2, 2016 rejecting 25 of the 141 candidacy applications, according […]... read more
January 15, 2016

Teachers Union Chief to Go on Trial for Peaceful Labor Activities

Teachers Union Chief to Go on Trial for Peaceful Labor Activities No Access to Counsel or Family Visits during 7-Month “Temporary Detention” After nearly seven months of “temporary detention” without access to his lawyer or family visits, Esmail Abdi, Secretary General of the Teachers Association of Iran, will go on trial on January 30, 2016. He will be tried for “propaganda against the state” and “assembly […]... read more
December 16, 2015

After 20-Day Hunger Strike, Imprisoned Teacher Activist Released on Temporary Medical Leave

After 20-Day Hunger Strike, Imprisoned Teacher Activist Released on Temporary Medical Leave The teachers’ union activist Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi was allowed to leave Evin prison on December 16, 2015, on temporary medical leave after a 20-day hunger strike to protest his nine-year prison sentence. Two days earlier, Mahmoud Habibi, a member of the Teachers’ Association’s board of directors, told a labor rights website that Langroudi’s health had […]... read more
November 30, 2015

Cartoon 130: Infiltration

Cartoon 130: Infiltration Hardliners in Iran’s Parliament, Judiciary, and Revolutionary Guards are intensifying a broad crackdown on supporters of human rights and free elections, in a campaign underpinned by supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s assertion that the US seeks to “infiltrate” and undermine the Islamic Republic. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the issue. Read more here and  […]... read more