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Free Mohammad Habibi, jailed Iranian teacher and unionist!

Photo: Education International's webb

Photo: Education International's webb

In a joint action with Education International, Lärarförbundet strongly condemns the prison sentence imposed on Mohammad Habibi, an Iranian teacher and a member of the board of directors of the Iranian Teachers'Trade Association of Tehran. The sentence is for ten and a half years of confinement.

Lärarförbundet has repeatedly condemned the imprisonment and called on the release of jailed teacher trade unionists, such as Esmail Abdi. This time, we request solidarity action for Mohammad Habibi. (Svensk sammanfattning sist.)

As Education International reports:

"On 4 August, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Court sentenced Habibi to ten year and a half in prison. His sentence also included prohibition of social and political activities for two years, a travel ban of two years, and 74 lashes.

The International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI) reported that, on 20 May, a peaceful gathering organised by the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association of Tehran (ITTA-Tehran) was attacked by security forces and undercover agents,. Fourteen participants, including Habibi, were arrested. At the time of his arrest, he was on bail from a previous arrest in March 2018. All but Habibi were freed one day later. Habibi was transferred to a solitary confinement cell in Tehran's largest prison.

The IASWI warns that he is currently held in prison under unbearably harsh conditions. According to family members who visited him, Habibi is suffering from deep pains in his chest and sides, due to severe kicks and blows to his body. He also has a large visible bruise on his back, the result of undercover agents dragging him on the asphalt of the street. He needs an immediate scan of the injured areas, but public authorities have not moved him to hospital from prison.

Habibi’s treatment by prison officials “is nothing short of homicidal, criminal negligence,” the IASWI deplores, holding all officials involved in this case fully responsible for anything happening to him."

You can show your solidarity by signing up on the LabourStart campaign launched by Education International.

Swedish summary:

Education International rapporterar: "Den 4 augusti dömde den iranska islamiska revolutionsdomstolen Habibi till 10,5-årigt fängelsestraff. Hans dom innehöll också förbud mot sociala och politiska aktiviteter i två år, ett reseförbud på två år och 74 piskrapp.

Den internationella alliansen till stöd för arbetstagare i Iran (IASWI) rapporterade att en fredlig sammankomst som anordnades av Irans lärare Trade Association of Teheran (ITTA-Teheran) attackerades den 20 maj av säkerhetsstyrkor och säkerhetstjänsten. Fjorton deltagare, inklusive Habibi, greps.

IASWI larmar om att han för närvarande hålls i fängelse under omänskliga förhållanden. Hans familj bekräftar att han har allvarliga skador efter misshandel och förvägras sjukvård.”

Du kan visa din solidaritet genom att skriva på LabourStart-kampanjen som lanserats av Education International.



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