Labor activist

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
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
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
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

Teachers’ Rights Activist Could Face Three Years in Prison for Visiting Political Prisoner

Teachers’ Rights Activist Could Face Three Years in Prison for Visiting 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
June 24, 2016

Labor Rights Activist in Critical Condition After 50-Day Hunger Strike

Labor Rights Activist in Critical Condition After 50-Day Hunger Strike Prominent leftist scholar Noam Chomsky has called for Jafar Azimzadeh’s release Labor rights activist Jafar Azimzadeh is in critical condition in Evin Prison after enduring a wet hunger strike for more than 50 days, his wife, Akram Rahimpour, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  “I’m worried about him. His vision and hearing […]... read more
June 17, 2016

Iran’s Judiciary Evades Responsibility for Lashing Sentences against Striking Miners

Iran’s Judiciary Evades Responsibility for Lashing Sentences against Striking Miners After a month-long silence amid widespread condemnation of the decision by Iran’s Judiciary to intervene in a local labor dispute and punish 17 protesting mine workers with lashing sentences, the Judiciary’s spokesperson has finally spoken out by evading responsibility for the ruling. “It is possible that the judge’s taste does not match ours in some […]... read more
May 31, 2016

Iranian Gold Miners Lashed for Protesting Layoffs

Iranian Gold Miners Lashed for Protesting Layoffs Seventeen miners in northwestern Iran have been lashed on orders of the Judiciary after their employer sued them for protesting the firing of hundreds of their colleagues, the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) reported on May 25, 2016.  In December 2014, miners at the Agh Darreh gold mine in West Azerbaijan Province protested in […]... read more
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
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
September 15, 2015

Imprisoned Labor Activist Dies of Stroke after Being Denied Medical Care

Imprisoned Labor Activist Dies of Stroke after Being Denied Medical Care Authorities Routinely Refuse Medical Treatment to Political Prisoners September 16, 2015—Labor activist Shahrokh Zamani died of a stroke on September 13, 2015, at Rajaee Shahr Prison in the Iranian city of Karaj, days after prison authorities refused him medical treatment. Zamani had repeatedly gone to the prison infirmary during the previous days, reporting severe chest […]... read more
May 22, 2015

For Iranian workers…

For Iranian workers… This Campaign video highlights the plight of workers in Iran. Some 70% of Iranian workers live below the official poverty line, 90% of Iranian laborers have temporary employment contracts offering no job security, and 19,974 workers lost their lives in work-related accidents last year in Iran. Yet workers are not allowed to collectively bargain for […]... read more