Iran: Teachers & labor rights advocates begin hunger strike

Apr 30
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Esmail Abdi and Jafar Azimzadeh
Esmail Abdi and Jafar Azimzadeh

By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Saturday, 30 April 2016

Jafar Azimzadeh, an imprisoned labor rights advocates, and Esmail Abdi, a teachers rights activist, launched unlimited hunger strikes on Friday, April 29th. They officially informed the Evin Prison warden of their decision to launch their hunger strike. Each of these prisoners said:

“Protesting security measures imposed against guild activities, protests, rallies and strikes staged by workers and teachers, sub-poverty level wages, ban on independent and freely held rallies to mark International Labor Day and Teachers Day, lack of transparency and effective action by the International Labor Organization in reaction to these the fundamental rights violations against workers and teachers in Iran, and in line with the request made to drop charges including “assembly and collusion with the intention to carry out measures against national security” and other security charges from the workers and teachers’ open judicial dossiers, and dropping such forged charges from their portfolios and other jailed teacher and labor activists, I will refuse to receive any prison food and will go on to launch an unlimited hunger strike.”

Esmail Abdi, Secretary-General of the Teachers Guild Union, was condemned to six years behind bars back in March.

Jafar Azimzadeh, Secretary of the Iran Free Workers Union Executive Board, was sentenced to six years in prison on 9 November 2015.

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