MP John McDonnell to present early day motion to parliament

The following is the text of an early day motion that is to be presented to the British Parliament House of Commons in on the 4th of June 2014.

“IMPRISONMENT AND MALTREATMENT OF SHAHROKH ZAMANI AND OTHER TRADE UNIONISTS IN IRAN

That this House notes with great concern that Shahrokh Zamani, a member of the Painters’ Union, was charged with “endangering national security” and “participating in an illegal organisation” following his attempts to build an independent trade union and was then physically and psychologically abused, denied medication, denied access to visitors and has recently been transferred to the notorious Ghezel Hesar prison; notes the recent 47-day hunger strike conducted by Mr Zamani in protest against maltreatment of himself and fellow prisoners; urges the Iranian government to release Mr Zamani unconditionally; and calls upon the UK Government to press the Iranian government to respect trade union rights and International Labour Organisation conventions.”

We thank the office of John McDonnell MP (Labour) for taking up this issue.

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