Ten years jail for Iranian teacher unionist
Mohammad Habibi, an Iranian teacher unionist, has received a 10 and a half year prison sentence following a peaceful protest in Tehran.
It is reported that Habibi, a member of the board of directors of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association of Tehran (ITTA-Tehran) attended a peaceful protest in May, which was attacked by security forces.
Fourteen participants at the protest, including Habibi, were arrested.
Despite being freed one day after the protest, Habibi was later apprehended and transferred to a solitary confinement cell in a Tehran prison.
In addition to prison time, Habibi’s sentence included a two year ban from engaging in social and political activities, a two year travel ban and corporal punishment.
Family members have reported that Habibi is suffering significant physical abuse in prison and is being denied urgent medical assistance.
The International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI) has described Habibi’s treatment by prison officials as “criminal negligence”.
Education International (EI), the peak international education union body, has condemned the treatment of Mohammad Habibi and is demanding he be released unconditionally.
EI said all trade unionists must be protected from heavy handed security tactics which prevent them for pursuing legitimate union activities.
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary/Treasurer and Convenor of our union's International Committee Paul Giles said the revelations about Mohammad Habibi’s case were deeply disturbing.
“The freedom of association is a deeply fundamental human right and to hear that freedom could be violated so abhorrently is distressing to any union member.”
"This case highlights the incredible fight and struggle many of our fellow unionists in other parts of the world face just to ensure workers have a voice.”
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