Occupy Edmonton-Canada Demands Release of Zamani and Other Jailed Labor Activists
November 3, 2012
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Presidency, Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. President Ahmadinejad:
Re: Call for Release of Mr. Shahrokh Zamani and Other Jailed Trade Unionists
Mr. Shahrokh Zamani, a member of the Painters’ Union of Tehran and a member of the Follow-Up Committee to Set Up Free Labour Organisations in Iran, is a popular and well-known labour activist. He was arrested on June 5, 2011 without charges, and was then subjected to physical and psychological torture for the next forty days. He has been charged with trumped up charges such as “spreading propaganda against the regime and forming socialist groups“ and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Mr. Zamani has been subjected to further torture by placing him with common criminals and unleashing attacks by violent inmates on a daily basis on him and other political prisoners. He, along with other political prisoners, has been deprived of his right to furloughs, day passes, and conditional release.
We are aware that there are many other labour and social activists who have been charged with similar baseless accusations and face similar inhumane conditions as Mr. Zamani in Iran. Some of these include the following:
• Mr. Reza Shahabi – Executive Board of the Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs United Bus Company
• Mohammad Jarahi and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh – Follow-Up Committee to Set Up Free Labour Organizations in Iran
• Rasoul Bodaghi – Teachers’ Trade Association
• Abdolreza Ghanbari – a teacher who was arrested in 2009 and threatened with a death sentence
The Occupy Edmonton, who represents the struggle of 99% against injustice, inequality, and oppression, strongly protests against inhumane treatment of workers and prisoners in Iran. We believe that the right to assemble, organize, protest, and strike are very basic human rights to all workers and social activists. We strongly support the struggle of workers and people of Iran for freedom, equality, and a better life. We demand the immediate release of Mr. Shahrokh Zamani and other political prisoners.
کمپین برای آزادی کارگران زندانی، شهلا دانشفر
کمیته حمایت از شاهرخ زمانی
کمیته مبارزه برای آزادی زندانیان سیاسی-سرور کاردار
Mission Free Iran, Maria Rohaly and Ahmad Fatemi
5 November 2012