Labor Rights

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
September 29, 2016

Union Leader: Less Pressure on Teachers Thanks to Rights Activists

Union Leader: Less Pressure on Teachers Thanks to Rights Activists Under Rouhani, “They have changed tactics from hard forms of pressure to milder ones.” The leader of Iran’s largest teachers’ rights organization has said that due to pressure from civil rights activists, the government of President Hassan Rouhani has been less repressive towards teachers’ rights activists since the signing of the nuclear deal in July 2015. “The reason why […]... read more
September 5, 2016

Labor Activists Put on Trial After Hundreds of Workers Protest Unpaid Wages

Labor Activists Put on Trial After Hundreds of Workers Protest Unpaid Wages Labor activists Jafar Azimzadeh and Shapour Ehsani-Rad have been put on trial for allegedly inciting workers to strike. The first day of their trial was held on August 29, 2016 at Branch 101 of the Second Criminal Court in the city of Saveh, 76 miles southwest of Tehran.  “This case doesn’t have any legal foundation,” an […]... read more
July 14, 2016

New Law Reduces Employment Prospects for Women in Iran

New Law Reduces Employment Prospects for Women in Iran Iran’s Parliament has ratified an amended law that reduces the working hours of female employees with certain family obligations by eight hours per week. Although the law requires employers to pay these women full-time wages, rights advocates say the law will harm the employment prospects of women entering the job market and reduce the job security […]... read more
July 8, 2016

Labor Rights Activists Detained Incommunicado in Iranian Kurdish City of Sanandaj

Labor Rights Activists Detained Incommunicado in Iranian Kurdish City of Sanandaj Labor rights activists Hashem Rostami and Mozaffar Salehinia have been imprisoned in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran’s Kordestan Province, for more than two weeks without charge or access to a lawyer, informed sources told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “A one-month detention order has been issued for Hashem Rostami and he is […]... read more
July 6, 2016

Ailing Political Prisoner Temporarily Released and Promised Retrial Shortly After Judiciary’s Harsh Refusal

Ailing Political Prisoner Temporarily Released and Promised Retrial Shortly After Judiciary’s Harsh Refusal Imprisoned labor activist Jafar Azimzadeh was temporarily released on “extendable furlough” on June 30, 2016 and promised a retrial three days after judicial authorities publicly refused to look into his case following a debilitating hunger strike that left him hospitalized. “We will not do anything for Jafar Azimzadeh and whatever the hell happens to him, […]... read more
July 5, 2016

Teacher’s Rights Champion Beaten and Slapped with New Charge after He Attempts to Visit Political Prisoner

Teacher’s Rights Champion Beaten and Slapped with New Charge after He Attempts to Visit Political Prisoner A little over a week after teachers’ rights activist Rassoul Bodaghi was conditionally released from prison on April 29, 2016, he was charged with “insulting the supreme leader” and now faces up to three more years in jail. “Bodaghi had gone to the hospital to visit [current political prisoner] Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi [on May 8, […]... read more