Iran

7,000 jailed in Iran

Submitted by AWL on 30 January, 2019 - 10:42 Author: Colin Foster
White Wednesday

Esmail Bakhshi and Sepideh Gholian, are still in Iran’s jails but Ali Nejati has been allowed into hospital. Bakhshi is a leader of the Haft Tappeh sugar¬cane workers, in south¬west Iran; Nejati, a former leader of those sugar¬cane workers; Gholian, a social activist and supporter of the workers. All three are known to have been tortured in jail, and their jailing is part of a response by the Iranian government to action by the sugar¬cane workers, and by steelworkers in nearby Ahvaz, which has seen dozens jailed and then released since late last year.

Bakhshi and Gholian jailed again

Submitted by AWL on 23 January, 2019 - 10:12 Author: Gerry Bates
Bakhshi and Gholian

At 23:55 on Sunday 20 January, a large number of armed men in 15 SUV patrol cars descended on Esmail Bakhshi’s home and detained him.

Bakhshi is a representative of the Haft Tappeh sugar­cane workers, in south­west Iran, who have recently been in dispute over unpaid wages and control of the sugar­cane complex. He was previously jailed on 18 November, and released on bail on 12 December.

Trump’s bluster, Assad’s strength

Submitted by AWL on 9 January, 2019 - 9:24 Author: Simon Nelson
al-Bashir and Assad

On 19 December, US president Donald Trump announced a snap decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. At first he said the troops would be out within 30 days, but now it looks like several months at least. The plan is now conditional on assurances from Turkey regarding the safety of the Kurds in Northern Syria.

Gholian and Bakhshi freed on bail; 40 steel strikers arrested

Submitted by martin on 19 December, 2018 - 12:35 Author: Gerry Bates
Sepideh Gholian

Sepideh Gholian - student, social rights’ activists and journalist who was arrested on 18 November while she was supporting and reporting on the strike of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Workers - was freed from jail, on bail, on 18 December.

Esmail Bakhshi, a leading Haft Tappeh workers' representative of the Haft Tappeh workers, was released on 12 December.

Haft Tappeh: free the three!

Submitted by AWL on 12 December, 2018 - 11:10

Since Esmail Bakhshi, one of their elected representatives, was arrested on 18 November, the main demand of the workers of the Haft Tappeh sugar cane complex in south-west Iran has been his release. They are also demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Sepideh Gholian, a journalist and social rights activist, and Ali Nejati, one of the union’s former reps.

Free Bakhshi and Ghalian

Submitted by AWL on 5 December, 2018 - 1:21 Author: Gerry Bates

Esmail Bakhshi, the jailed union rep of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Workers in south-west Iran, and Sepideh Ghalian, an activist who has supported the workers, have been badly beaten in prison. After visiting them, their families have reported that both have been tortured and are in serious distress.

Iranian strike leader beaten up in jail

Submitted by martin on 20 November, 2018 - 4:15
Demonstrators in Shush

Above: demonstrators in the streets of Shush

Esmail Bakhshi, the jailed union rep of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Workers, has been so badly beaten in prison that he was transferred to hospital for treatment.

He has injuries to his face and head, including severe bruising, and has suffered from internal bleeding. As of 29 November it is not clear if he is now back in jail or still in hospital.

Iran sugar workers strike for workers’ control

Submitted by cathy n on 13 November, 2018 - 9:17

Renewed strikes by the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Company workers in Iran have taken up the demands put forward in August 2018. The August strike was suspended after management and regime officials made a number of commitments that were then not fulfilled.

On day three of the strike, 7 November, the workers warned that if the government did not "respond to their demands", "they will transfer the strike to outside the company".

Iranian sugar-cane workers start new strikes

Submitted by martin on 9 November, 2018 - 10:57 Author: SZAC
Haft Tappeh strikers in August

Renewed strikes by the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Company workers in Iran have taken up the demands put forward in August 2018. The August strike was suspended after management and regime officials made a number of commitments that were then not fulfilled.

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