Free jailed workers in Iran!

The regime in Iran continues its persecution of worker activists – from more arrests to harassment of those already in jail and their families. These activists are in prison purely for their union activities. Our campaign is working for the immediate and unconditional release of these activists, and calls on all trade unions and human rights organisations around the world to exert pressure on the Islamic Republic regime to help secure their release and for an end to persecution of worker activists in Iran. Currently, many worker activists and numerous political prisoners are in jail in Iran. Some of the jailed workers include:

Jafar Azim Zadeh is one of the union leaders and members of The Free Union of Workers in Iran (Ettehadiye Azad e Kargaran e Iran) was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday 30 April, ahead of a rally called by the Union for May Day. According to the Union, Jafar has been moved to the interrogation ward of the notorious Evin Prison, Ward 209, which is run by the Ministry of Intelligence. This increases the risk of his subjection to torture and maltreatment, which is the usual practice in this ward during interrogations. Jafar Azim Zadeh is one of the coordinators for a national pay rise campaign, which has so far attracted 40,000 signatures

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, who has been in prison since June 2010 on a five-year sentence for union activities, has been moved to Ward 209 of Evin Prison in Tehran. Ebrahimzadeh is a member of the Committee to Pursue the Establishment of Labour Organisations and a campaigner for children’s rights. He has been subjected to severe tortures during his incarceration. Also, during a recent assault on political prisoners in Ward 350 of Evin Prison, he was among the prisoners who were severely beaten up and injured. It should also be noted that Mr Ebrahimzadeh’s 15-year old son is ill with leukaemia, a fact that has added to his psychological traumas.

Reza Shahabi, a member of the executive board of the Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs United Bus Company, has been jailed for his part in the bus workers’ strike in 2006 and in building the bus workers’ union. He was arrested in June 2011 and sentenced to 6 years jail. Shahabi suffers from multiple medical conditions, including a severe back problem

Shahrokh Zamani, a member of Tehran’s Painters Union and the Committee to Pursue the Establishment of Workers’ Organisations in Iran, was arrested in Tabriz on June 8th 2011 and transferred to Tabriz Intelligence Prison. In the Islamic regime’s court he was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment because he had defended workers rights to organise and to demand better work conditions.

Mohammad Jarahi, a member of the Committee to Pursue the Establishment of Workers’ Organisations in Iran, was arrested in January 2012 and sentenced to 5 years in prison for union activities. Following a recent operation on his thyroid gland, the doctors have advised recuperation outside prison conditions. However, Jarahi has been refused medical leave.

 Mohammad Mohammadi, a member of the executive board of the Free Union of Iranian Workers, has been in jail since February 2012.


Vahed Seyedeh, Yosef Abkharabat, Mohammad Molanaie, members of the Committee to Pursue the establishment of Workers, Organisations in Iran. They have been arrested in 15th of February 2014 and sentenced to 2years in prison. Mohammad Molanaie is 76 years old and been given 1 year prison.

Rasoul Bodaghi, teacher and a member of the governing board of Teachers’ Trade Association, is serving a six-year sentence for union activities.

Abdolreza Ghanbari, teacher, is in prison for taking part in the anti-government demonstration in December 2009. He is serving a 10 years sentence.

Join us to demand the immediate and unconditional release of all jailed workers and political prisoners in Iran.

A regime which jails workers for fighting for their rights should have no place in the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Free jailed workers in Iran! Islamic regime of Iran out of ILO!

May 2014