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Trade unionism should not be a crime

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Gemma Short

Shahrokh Zamani and Reza Shahabi are just two of many who are in Iranian jails, locked up by the government for organising independent trade unions and workers’ organisations.

Whilst trade unions are not technically illegal under Iranian law, state sponsored unions are used to quash independent unions. Activists like Shahrokh and Reza are charged with offences such as “propaganda against the state” and “acting against national security by establishing or membership of groups opposed to the system.”

Shahrokh Zamani and Reza Shahabi are just two of many who are in Iranian jails, locked up by the government for organising independent trade unions and workers’ organisations.

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Help the Kurds against ISIS!

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Kurds and their supporters demand that the Kurdish Peshmerga, YPG (People’s Protection Units) and other militia be armed with heavy weapons, armour-piercing bullets and tanks in order to resist the ISIS ultra-Islamists who threaten them with massacre in Kobane (near Syria's border with Turkey) and elsewhere.

Kurds demand that the Peshmerga, YPG and other militia be armed with heavy weapons, armour-piercing bullets and tanks to resist the ISIS ultra-Islamists who threaten them with massacre in Kobane near Syria's border with Turkey.

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Iran-Iraq-Syria: the triple alliance

In a 2011 interview with Associated Press, Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki stated, “The killing or removal of President Bashar in any way will explode into an internal struggle between two groups and this will have an impact on the region.”

The Shia-sectarian nature of the Iraqi Government, and Maliki’s consequent conflicts with Sunni, Kurdish and secular elements from Iraqi politics, have given him a vested interest in the continuing domination in Syria of the Alawi Shia sect, of which Assad is part.

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Free Shahrokh Zamani demonstration!

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25 July, 2014 - 17:00 to 18:30

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Iranian Embassy, 16 Prince's Gate, London SW7 1PT

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Shahrokh Zamani has been imprisoned since 2011 for organising within his trade union; the Iranian Painter's Union. According to the Iranian state his crimes are “spreading propaganda against the regime and forming socialist groups” as well as “endangering national security”. He has been sentenced to 11 years.

During his time in prison he has faced much physical and mental abuse and has gone on several hunger strikes. Due to his activism inside prison he may be charged with "disturbing public order".

There has been an early day motion made by the House of Commons to urge the Iranian government to release Shahrokh and "calls upon the UK Government to press the Iranian government to respect trade union rights and International Labour Organisation conventions.”

Come to the Iranian Embassy to show solidarity with Shahrokh Zamani and demand that the Iranian authorities release him immediately - trade union activism should not be a crime!

Find more information about Shahrokh on this blog: freeshahrokh.wordpress.com

New support for Shahrokh Zamani

On 23 April, after officials at Gohardasht prison made a written commitment to transfer him to a wing reserved for political prisoners, jailed Iranian trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani ended his hunger strike after 47 days.

During the hunger strike, Workers’ Liberty, our Iranian Revolutionary Marxists’ Tendency comrades, and others supporting the campaign stepped up the pressure for Shahrokh’s release.

Jailed Iranian trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani ended his hunger strike after 47 days.

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Free Shahrokh Zamani!

Jailed Iranian trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani has now been on hunger strike for over a month.

His hunger strike began in solidarity with a strike by imprisoned Sufi Dervishes (mystics), but was extended after he was transferred to Ghezel Hesar prison, known for terrible conditions, torture and executions. His transfer was unexplained and he was placed in solitary confinement.

Jailed Iranian trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani has now been on hunger strike for over a month.

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Shahrokh Zamani on Hunger Strike

Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) has reported that the imprisoned Iranian trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani, has just entered his 30th day of a hunger strike.

The agency reports that his initial 3 day strike which was made in solidarity with imprisoned and persecuted Gonabadi Dervishes was extended after being exiled to the infamous Ghezel Hesar prison, a jail notorious for abysmal conditions, torture and executions. Shahrokh was jailed in 2011 for his organising of the painters and decorating union.

Shahrokh Zamani has just entered his 30th day of hunger strike in prison.

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