labor unions

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 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 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
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
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
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
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