Unionist arrested seeking to attend EI Congress
The leader of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, Esmail Abdi was arrested and detained after attempting to obtain a visa to attend the 7th Education International World Congress in Ottawa, Canada.
Abdi’s passport was confiscated at the Iran/Armenia border where he was ordered back to Tehran and arrested.
His detention is the latest bid by Iranian authorities to silence trade union activists. Another Iranian teacher representative to the Education International (EI) Congress, Peyman Nodinian, also had his passport confiscated.
As reported by the Global Campaign for Education, many of Iran’s teachers are living below the poverty line with extremely low wages and other poor teaching conditions, which they have already protested in rallies across Iran earlier this year.
At present, five other teacher unionists are being detained in Iranian prisons, three of whom are board members of the Tehran Teachers Trade Association. It is important that union members continue to protect freedom of expression and the right to campaign for workers’ conditions on a global scale.
To take action and demand the release of Abdi and the imprisoned Iranian unionists, send a message of protest and support for Abdi here.