Shahabi on dry hunger strike
Help Free Reza: An open Letter by the Family of Reza Shahabi
Workers, workers' organizations, human rights organizations and media
you may be aware, Reza Shahabi, an imprisoned worker (the Treasurer and member
of the board of directors of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs
Bus Company) who is incarcerated in section 209 of Evin Prison, have gone
on dry hunger strike since December 4, 2010; and, as a result of his
previous poor health conditions and the illnesses which have been developed
since his incarceration six months ago, his life is now seriously
endangered. Although his release letter was issued on October 11, 2010 and
a bail of 60 million Toman (about US$57,000) had been posted for him by his
family, he has not been freed yet. On the other hand, another bail
application with the amount of 100 million toman was given simultaneously
to Reza to sign. Moreover, the two judicial authorities that we have been
referred to are refusing to provide any information about Reza Shahabi's
case and even deny that they are in charge of his file.
Shahabi has been in prison for six months only for defending workers'
rights. It has been two months since his conditional release has been
issued, and now he is on dry hunger strike and we are worried about his
already deteriorating health conditions. There is now an imminent danger to
his health and we have no idea what other threats to his precarious health
might await him.
hereby call on all workers, labour organizations, human rights
organizations, media and all concerned individuals to take all necessary
steps for the unconditional freedom of Reza Shahabi, his imprisoned
colleagues and other jailed workers.
spouse, brothers and other family members of Reza Shahabi
Azar 18, 1389
Urgent Action: Send Your Protest letters now
Free Reza Shahabi Now
Shahabi, an imprisoned worker (the Treasurer and member of the board of
directors of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company)
who is incarcerated in section 209 of Evin Prison since June 12, 2010, have
gone on dry hunger strike since December 4, 2010 to protest against his
unjust incarceration and the refusal of authorities to release him despite
the fact that his family had deposited 60 million Toman (about 57,000 US
Dollar) as surety. He is refusing consumption of both food and liquids. Mr.
Shahabi's heath is in imminent danger.
call on your government to release Reza Shahabi and other jailed workers immediately
and unconditionally and to respect workers' rights in Iran.
Copy of your Protest Letters to:
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Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)