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Iran: New wave of attacks against journalists as repression escalates

A sharp rise in arrests, prosecutions and imprisonment of independent journalists in Iran signals the authorities' utter determination to crush hopes for increased freedom heralded by the election of President Hassan Rouhani, said Amnesty International in a new briefing today. "The way journalists are being treated puts everything journalism should stand for at risk in Iran. Anyone deemed critical of the authorities has been at increased risk of arrest and prosecution in recent months, creating an intense climate of fear where voicing any criticism has become a direct road to prison," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International. "The authorities' zero tolerance for anything other than state-sanctioned ideas and voices means that merely reporting the news can put people at risk of incarceration."The wave of repression which intensified after the disputed presidential election in 2009 has reached new highs over the past few months. ...more

27 Journalists Now Detained in Iran, says IFJ!

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has issued a renewed appeal for the government of Iran to show its commitment to press freedom and human rights by releasing the ever increasing number of journalists being held in the country. According to statistics from IFJ affiliate, the Association of Iranian Journalists (AoIJ), there are now 27 journalists imprisoned in Iran - making it one of the worst jailers of journalists in the world. A number of those journalists have been imprisoned over the course of the last few months as the country's government has stepped up its clampdown on freedom of expression and press freedom. ...more

Iran's trade unions publish their International Messenger!
UNION MESSENGER No.2, July 2014 is published.

In this issue:

- Greetings to the Brave Reza Shahabi and Courageous Union of Tehran Transit Workers! Page 1

- Tehran Transit Workers Union (VAHED):
- Stop Reza Shahabi's Persecution and End his Inhuman Conditions! Page 1

- Strong-arming labour activists for what purpose? Page 2

- A report to the periodical meeting of Autoworkers Unions in Spain page 3

- General Secretary of ITUC writes to Iranian President Page 3

- Iran's Teachers Union Leader Addresses International Conference of Teachers Page 4

- Message of the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran Reaches to ILO Page 4

- About "Payam-e Sandica" Page 5

- Statement of UMMI:
- Stop the War and Killing of Women, Children and Working People in Gaza! Page 5 ...more

Iran's trade unions publish their International Messenger!
UNION MESSENGER No.1 is published.

In this issue

- Introduction!





Trade Unions in Iran call for international Solidarity! Release Reza Shahabi from prison!

The statement below has been forwarded to the public relation department of the 'Metalworkers and Mechanics Trade Union' by the 'Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company'. As well as circulating this statement, we give our total support to the demands of Reza Shahabi and the 'Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company' in relation to asking him to end his hunger strike.
Metalworkers and Mechanic Trade Union (Syndicate)
Founding Board of the Syndicate of Paint Workers and decorators - Tehran
Syndicate of Paint Workers - Alboorz Province
15th July 2014 ...more

ITF demands Shahabi release

The ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) has demanded the release of Reza Shahabi, the imprisoned Iranian trade unionist and prisoner of conscience. Shahabi, who is the treasurer of the ITF member union the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (otherwise known as the Vahed union), was unjustly arrested in 2010 and is now on a hunger strike. In a strongly worded letter sent today to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, the ITF's acting general secretary, Steve Cotton, stated: 'The ITF has written to your government on a number of occasions to demand Shahabi's release and to ensure that he is provided with the medical treatment he needs. The Federation also on several occasions reminded you of your country's international legal obligations to comply with international human rights and labour standards, and in particular on the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining. ...more

Supporting Prisoners in Iran

Insufficient protections for civil and political rights have resulted in the imprisonment of over 895 "prisoners of conscience" and "political prisoners" in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Over half of these Iranians were sentenced for simple and protected acts such as expressing an opinion, associating with an organization that promotes cultural rights, being active on a school campus, showing up to a rally or protest, or believing in an unrecognized religion. My recent report to the UN Human Rights Council reviews the legacy of vague and overly broad laws that lead to the arrest of Iran's journalists, lawyers, students, and hundreds of activists that work to advance the rights of workers, women, and minorities in the country. My report also discusses the abusive practices that result in the torture and denial of fair trail standards that contribute to the unjust convictions of hundreds of human rights defenders. Some political prisoners have also been executed for their alleged crimes, including Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani and Mah Afrid Amir Khosravi, and Ali Chebeishat and Sayed Khaled Mousavi, recently executed on Moharebeh (enmity against God) charges for their involvement in cultural rights and political groups. ...more

Execution of juvenile offenders breaches international law - Pillay

GENEVA (26 June 2014) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern Thursday about the large number of executions in Iran since the beginning of this year, calling on the authorities to halt, in particular, the imminent execution of a juvenile offender. "The imminent execution of Razieh Ebrahimi has once again brought into stark focus the unacceptable use of the death penalty against juvenile offenders in Iran," Pillay said. Ebrahimi was convicted of killing her husband when she was 17 years old. She was married to him at the age of 14, gave birth to a child when she was 15, and says she was subjected to domestic violence. "Regardless of the circumstances of the crime, the execution of juvenile offenders is clearly prohibited by international human rights law," Pillay added. "Judgements imposing the death penalty on people under the age of 18 and the implementation of such judgements are manifestly incompatible with Iran's international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child." ...more

Trade unions challenge regimes anti worker policies-Open Letter to Trade Unions and Workers of Iran

The new workers' year started on May 1st of this year while workers were treated in violation of the humanitarian and legal norms and standards. Considering the violation of the Article 41 of Iran's Labour Law pertaining to determination of minimum wage, and then approving a minimum wage by the so-called "workers' representatives" that was 3 times lower than the poverty line and 10% less of the current rate of inflation, which led to the million-strong protest of Iranian workers, a few of Iran's trade unions, i.e. Syndicate of Transit Workers of Tehran Bus Company (Vahed), Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran, Painters and Internal Decoration Workers and the Union of Project Workers, submitted a protest letter to the Minister of Labour to raise their objection against this illegal measure. What happened to workers after submitting this letter was violation of all legal norms. ...more

IFJ Demands that Iranian Authorities Free Imprisoned Journalists

The International Federation of journalists (IFJ) has joined its affiliate, the Association of Iranian journalists (AoIJ), to demand that the government of Iran follows up on its election promises by showing respect for press freedom and releasing all journalists imprisoned in the country. According to the AoIJ, three more Iranian journalists have been imprisoned in the country in recent months - bringing the total number of Iranian journalists in jail to 23. Two newspapers - Bahar and Aseman - have also been closed over the last six months, while the Tehran offices of the AoIJ remain closed despite repeated appeals for the country's President, Hassan Rohani, and his government to show their commitment to media freedom by reopening them. The three journalists who have been arrested are all being held in Evin prison, in northwestern Tehran. Hossein Noraninejad, who had been studying for two years in Australia, returned to Iran in February and had his passport confiscated at the airport. He was then arrested on 21 April. ...more

Further arrests following May Day in Iran condemned

The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People's Rights (CODIR) has today condemned the actions of the government in Iran resulting in the arrests of trade unionists in peaceful demonstrations on 2nd May. Maziar Gillaninejad, a leading member of the Metalworkers and Mechanics union was beaten, along with a large number of union members and their families, before being arrested and transferred to an unknown detention centre. These arrests took place at a social gathering in an orchard in the suburbs of Karaj in West Tehran. The event was to privately celebrate May Day, with workers and their families present, and should not have been attacked. ...more

Stop Press

Reports have been received of a number of arrests early this morning relating to attempts to mark International Workers' Day and non-state-sanctioned trade union activity. These arrests follow on from the arrest of a number of trade unionists yesterday (1 May) morning when the regime intelligence agents and paramilitaries moved in on an attempted gathering of workers from the Tehran bus workers' union the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, battering many of those assembled and arresting 23 trade union activists, including Ibrahim Madadi, before they were transferred to the notorious Evin Prison. The intelligence services had summoned a number of workers and activists warning them against staging or participating in any demonstrations coinciding with 1 May. The security services had also been mobilised en-masse in front of the Ministry of Labour to prevent any gatherings, to the point they had 'locked down' Azadi Avenue and the main routes and alleys in the surrounding vicinity. ...more

CODIR calls for the release of detained trade unionists

According to reports published last night, the security forces in Iran arrested a number of trade unionists and workers participating in traditional and peaceful May Day events in Tehran. The actions of the security forces are in clear violation of international law. According to the published list at least 23 trade unionists were arrested on 1st May in Tehran. It is very telling that at the same time as the activists were being attacked, beaten up and detained by security forces, the country's head of "government of prudence and hope" was, in demagogic language, calling for the "establishment of civil society organizations". According to the semi-official Fars news agency, president Rouhani said in his address that "workers should be able to get their messages across to officials by forming their own free associations" and that "the government should not interfere in these unions and associations." ...more

CODIR Bulletin- May 2014

In this issue

- Solidarity with Iranian trade unionists on International Workers Day!

- Trade union leaders call for the release of detained workers

- 12 Political Prisoners Start Hunger Strike!

- Unemployment Rises for Women in Iran

- Forgotten Generation: Child Labour in Iran

- Iranian Arabs demand rights


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CODIR Bulletin May 2013
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