Further to our posting last month on the six year sentence imposed on teacher- trade unionist Esmail Abdi, Labour Start have issued an online petition which we would urge all to sign.
From the Act NOW! website:
Teacher union leader from Tehran, Mr Esmail Abdi has been sentenced to six-year jail on bogus charges, including one for “assembling and colluding against national security”. These charges are unjust and contravene various human right conventions, including those protecting freedom of expression and association, as well as the right of unions to be consulted on education policies. The authorities are attempting to silence teachers’ grievances through repression and the extended incarceration of unionists and activists