Labor Rights

February 22, 2017

Largest Trade Union Body Asks Iran’s Leader to End Persecution of Prominent Activist

Largest Trade Union Body Asks Iran’s Leader to End Persecution of Prominent Activist The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has written to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei calling for an end to the persecution of Reza Shahabi, a prominent labor activist who has refused to comply with a summons to return to prison.  “A return to detention of Reza Shahabi, unjustly convicted for his trade union activity, would […]... read more
January 31, 2017

Trump’s travel ban is a gift to Iran’s rulers

Trump’s travel ban is a gift to Iran’s rulers by Hadi Ghaemi This op-ed was originally published in The Washington Post on January 29, 2017 President Trump’s travel ban on Iranians is a gift to the Islamic republic and its hard-line rulers. It will not deter terrorism on U.S. soil. Not a single terrorist involved in the 9/11 attacks or other fatal terrorist attacks in the […]... read more
January 13, 2017

Revolutionary Guards Blocking Temporary Release of Canadian Resident Imprisoned in Iran

Revolutionary Guards Blocking Temporary Release of Canadian Resident Imprisoned in Iran Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are blocking the granted furlough (temporary release) request of Saeed Malekpour, an Iranian-born Canadian resident who has been in imprisoned in Tehran since 2008, his sister told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Maryam Malekpour, who lives in Canada, also criticized the Canadian government for failing to bring her brother back […]... read more
December 23, 2016

Union Leader Receives Unofficial Warning To Return to Prison or Lose $140,000 Bail

Union Leader Receives Unofficial Warning To Return to Prison or Lose $140,000 Bail Labor rights activist Jafar Azimzadeh has been told that he must return to Evin Prison in Tehran by January 13, 2017 or his guarantor will lose 450 million tomans ($140,000 USD). However, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Azimzadeh will not abide without an official summons. “Mr. Azimzadeh has not […]... read more
December 22, 2016

Rouhani Unveils Toothless Charter on Citizens’ Rights Without Path to Implementation

Rouhani Unveils Toothless Charter on Citizens’ Rights Without Path to Implementation Five months before his second term re-election bid, President Hassan Rouhani signed his government’s “Charter on Citizens’ Rights” on December 19, 2016. The announcement was touted as the fulfillment of a campaign pledge, but the document, which promises the “observance and advancement” of the rights afforded to Iranian citizens by the Constitution, is not legally binding […]... read more
December 6, 2016

Anti-Riot Forces Violently Attack Peacefully Protesting Tehran Bus Union Members

Anti-Riot Forces Violently Attack Peacefully Protesting Tehran Bus Union Members Members of one of Iran’s oldest unions who were peacefully demanding their past due housing allowances and other benefits in front of the Tehran Municipality building were violently attacked by anti-riot police on December 4, 2016. “Four months ago these same people (bus drivers) gathered here and shouted the same slogans and resolved their issue […]... read more
November 16, 2016

85 UN Member States Say Iran Must Improve Its Human Rights

85 UN Member States Say Iran Must Improve Its Human Rights Resolution Passes UN General Assembly Third Committee November 16, 2016—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran welcomes the United Nations’ adoption of a resolution expressing serious concern over numerous human rights violations in Iran, including the systematic use of arbitrary detention and discrimination against women and minorities, as well as the “alarmingly high” frequency and […]... read more
November 11, 2016

Pressured by Revolutionary Guards, Court Orders Iranian Teachers’ Rights Leader Back to Prison

Pressured by Revolutionary Guards, Court Orders Iranian Teachers’ Rights Leader Back to Prison Prominent labor union activist Esmail Abdi has been forced to continue serving the remainder of the six-year prison sentence handed down to him in 2015 for peacefully campaigning for teachers’ rights. He was briefly freed on bail in October after going on a long hunger strike. “On Wednesday morning, November 9, (2016), six agents entered the […]... read more
November 3, 2016

Briefly Freed After Long Hunger Strikes, Three Teachers’ Rights Leaders Ordered Back to Prison

Briefly Freed After Long Hunger Strikes, Three Teachers’ Rights Leaders Ordered Back to Prison Prominent teachers’ rights leaders Jafar Azimzadeh, Esmail Abdi, and Mahmoud Beheshti-Langroudi—who had all been previously imprisoned for their peaceful activism and released in 2016 on bail after going on long hunger strikes—were summoned back to prison in October 2016. Abdi, secretary general of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, confirmed to the International Campaign for Human […]... read more
October 19, 2016

Two Labor Rights Activist Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Peaceful Activism

Two Labor Rights Activist Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Peaceful Activism Labor rights activists Jafar Azimzadeh and Shapour Ehsani-Rad were sentenced to 11 years in prison each for their peaceful activism on October 15, 2016 by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in the city of Saveh, 76 miles southwest of Tehran. According to the court’s ruling, Azimzadeh and Ehsani-Rad were each sentenced to 10 years […]... read more
October 18, 2016

Six-Year Prison Sentence Against Teachers Union Leader Upheld After Pressure by Revolutionary Guards

Six-Year Prison Sentence Against Teachers Union Leader Upheld After Pressure by Revolutionary Guards Branch 36 of the Tehran Appeals Court has upheld the six-year prison sentence against Esmail Abdi, the chairman of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, confirmed Abdi in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Abdi said he believed the Appeals Court’s decision was influenced by several alleged violations added to the […]... read more
October 5, 2016

Imprisoned Journalist Begins Hunger Strike on Hospital Bed

Imprisoned Journalist Begins Hunger Strike on Hospital Bed Hospitalized political prisoner and prominent reformist journalist Issa Saharkhiz began a hunger strike on October 2, 2016, to convince the authorities to grant him conditional release. “My father is legally eligible for conditional release for medical reasons and has served more than half of his prison term. That’s why he has gone on a hunger strike,” […]... read more