Labor activist, Pedram Nasrollahi, was sentenced to 19 months in prison by the appeals court

Posted on: October 18th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Labor activist, Pedram Nasrollahi, was sentenced to 19 months in prison by the appeals court of Sanandaj, Iran.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Pedram Nasrollahi who was arrested on Thursday, March 8, 2012. He had been interrogated for 48 days then was released on 700 million Rls bail. Nasrollahi was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of “propagating against the regime in favor of an opposition group” and “membership in the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ organizations in the primary court. He objected the verdict and finally was sentenced to 19 months in prison by the appeals court of Sanandaj.

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Human Rights violations in Iran Yearly Statistical – Special Year 2011

Posted on: February 6th, 2012

In a prediction report, it contains Statistical Data (2010-2011) of Human Rights violations in Iran. The statistical basis of this report, that has been prepared, will provide analytical, statistical efforts of institution, and the publication of Human Rights Activists in Iran.

Certainly, due to the Iranian government not allowing human rights defenders to work properly in reporting Human Rights violations and preventing the free flow of information, it does not recognizes the independence of the civil activities, and at the moment, reporting these issues are something with many limitations, difficulty and dangerous in Iran.

Obviously, in such situation for Human Rights defenders, despite great difficulties, only a very small volume of human Rights violations are being monitored, researched and documented in relation to media reports, and finding other groups. However with regards to the restrictions, we can» t deny the analytical error of the content, but the Human Rights entity have known the statistical content and analysis repots with %3 margin of error, rare in its own kind.

As in the first section of the report, it is necessary to notice the human Rights group activities and effort in Iran to improve the reporting of human Rights violations, however, statistics can make dramatic differences in terms of the reports focused on the center of the country compared to other parts of the country as one of the weaknesses of Iran «s civil society entities.

With regard to the Human Rights statistics, 1120077 cases of Violation and protocols documented in Iran with the total repots of 2751, see the map below.

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Laid Off Textile Worker Threw Shoes at Ahmadinejad

Posted on: December 13th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – During a ceremony held to honor Ali Kerdan, Iran’s former Secretary of State, a group of workers from Mazandaran Textile Company interrupted  the gathering before hurling a shoe at President Ahmadinejad.

A laid off worker identified as Rashid Sh. managed to reach the front row and threw a shoe at President Ahmadinejad before shouting in protest against problems faced by Iranian workers.

Rashid Sh. was then wrestled to the ground by security personnel and hauled away.  It has been reported that Rashid Sh. also threw eggs at Iran’s former President Mohammad Khatami while he was in office.

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Reza Shahabi on Hunger Strike After 18 Months of Imprisonment

Posted on: November 25th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – On Tuesday, November 22, 2011, Reza Shahabi began his hunger strike to protest against 18 months of imprisonment and legal state of limbo.Reza Shahabi is a labor activist and the board member of SWTSBC, the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Reza Shahabi was taken into temporary custody on June 12, 2010 and locked up in Evin Prison.Since then, he has been imprisoned indefinitely in a legal state of limbo.

Recently, during a phone conversation with his family, Reza Shahabi informed them that he no longer could bear the current conditions and would begin his hunger strike on Tuesday, November 22, 2011.

Reza Shahabi has begun his hunger strike while he is in very poor health.According to medical experts, due to the loss of cartilage between some of his spinal vertebral joints and excessive pressure applied to his spinal nerves, Reza Shahabi might lose total control over his left arm and leg.Furthermore, the labor activist suffers from extreme pain in his neck, waist and hands and is experiencing heart and kidney problems.

Given Reza Shahabi’s current medical condition, a hunger strike can cause further irreparable damage to his health.

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Appeals Court Upheld Heavy Prison Terms for Labor Activists in Tabriz

Posted on: November 22nd, 2011

HRANA News Agency – The Appeals Court has upheld heavy prison sentences issued for four leftist labor activists from Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the sixth branch of the Appeals Court in East Azerbaijan Province upheld the verdicts against Shahrokh Zamani, Nima Pouryaghob, Mohammad Jarahi and Sasan Vahebivash.

On August 18, 2011, the first branch of the Revolutionary Court in Tabriz sentenced Shahrokh Zamani to 11 years, Nima Pouryaghob to 6 years, Mohammad Jarahi to 5 years and Sasan Vahebivash to 6 months in prison.A fifth defender, Buick Sydler, was found not guilty.Charges against these labor activists included organizing opposition groups, acting against national security and propaganda against the regime.

Nima Pouryaghob is studying mechanical engineering and Sasan Vahebivash is majoring in biomedical engineering at Tabriz Azad University.Shahrokh Zamani is a member of the Representatives’ Council in the Coordinating Committee to Create Labor Organizations and also a member of the Painters Union.Mohammad Jarahi is a labor activist.Although Shahrokh Zamani was unable to post his heavy bail for a while, all four labor activists are currently free on bail.

The verdicts issued against these political activists are unprecedented in Tabriz in the recent few years.

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Dairy Manufacturers Demonstrated in Front of Ministry of Industries

Posted on: October 31st, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Dozens of nation’s dairy producers gathered in front of the Ministry of Industries and Business to protest against the government’s policies and the failure to allocate subsidiaries resulted from the Targeted Plan to the manufacturers.

According to a report by Asr Iran Website, demonstrators gathered in front of the Ministry of Industries and Business building on Monday, October 31, 2011 and shouted slogans.Protestors announced that the Iranian government has failed to pay its debt approximately equivalent to $170,000,000 owed to dairy products manufacturers.

During these protests, a reporter was arrested briefly and his camera was seized.The reporter was released after all of the pictures were deleted from his camera.

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82-Year Old Iraqi Attorney Hassan Tafah in Critical Condition

Posted on: October 23rd, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Hassan Abdul-Hassan Tafah’s physical health has deteriorated further, and he is in critical condition.Hassan Tafah is an 82-year old lawyer and human rights activist of Iraqi descent convicted of spying and locked up in Ward 4, Hall 12 in Rajai-Shahr Prison.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), in 2008, Hassan Tafah was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Revolutionary Court on charges of spying.He suffers from a number of medical problems including anemia, low blood pressure, kidney and prostate diseases.Furthermore, he has recently been diagnosed with blood cancer.

Iranian judiciary officials have taken no major steps towards providing medical care for Hassan Tafah and have made every effort to block his access to health care.

Hassan Tafah is originally from the southern Iraqi city of Basra, an attorney and a former member of Communist Party of Iraq before seeking refuge in Iran.He was arrested in 2007 during negotiations and talks with Iranian intelligence and security officials and charged with spying.The Revolutionary Court then found him guilty, sentenced him to 15 years in prison and fined him approximately $180,000.

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Workers on Strike at Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex – Day 7

Posted on: October 3rd, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Seven days have passed since 1500 workers of Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex in Khuzestan Province began their strike.Free Trade Union of Iranian Workers has reported that security agents have arrested 3 workers and taken them to the Intelligence Agency located at the port city of Bandar Imam Khomeini.

According to reports issued by various labor organizations, three workers, Mansour Abbasi, Mohammad Bagher Bagheri and Jasem Bedrani were summoned by agents and then arrested.Two of the detainees are labor activists and representatives of the striking workers.

In March 2011, the workers of Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex were also on strike which ended after an agreement was reached between the workers, the management of this company and government officials.According to the signed agreement, Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex was given 3 months to dissolve contracting firms in order to offer a uniform corporate employment contract to all of its workers.Unofficial resources have reported that the terms of this agreement has not yet been fulfilled.

It has been reported that the Chief Operating Director of Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex has threatened 1500 striking workers during a speech in front of the managers of contracting firms.Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex is a government-owned corporation in Khuzestan Province.

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Workers of Flarc Company on Strike for Unpaid Wages

Posted on: September 29th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – One hundred workers of Flarc Company in Kamyaran County have gone on strike to demand their unpaid wages for the last five months.Flarc Company is a contractor working on a project to build an irrigation system utilizing rain for farmlands.

According to a report by the Coordinating Committee for the Establishment of Labor Organizations, workers of Flarc Company in the village of Alak, Kurdistan Province, are on strike for their back wages.Flarc Company employs 100 workers and staff who haven’t been paid for five months.The workers have been on strike for more than two days and have blocked the company’s entrance preventing managers to enter the building or various equipment to be transported in an out of the grounds.

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Heavy Prison Terms for Labor Activists & Students in Tabriz

Posted on: September 14th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Shahrokh Zamani, Nima Pouryaghob, Mohammad Jarahi and Sasan Vahebivash have been sentenced to heavy prison terms in Tabriz, Iran.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the aforementioned individuals are labor activists and students in the city of Tabriz.The Revolutionary Court, Branch 1, has issued verdicts sentencing them to a total of 22 years and 6 months in prison.A fifth defender, Buick Sydler, was found not guilty.

Shahrokh Zamani was sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges of organizing an opposition group and propaganda against the regime.

Mohammad Jarahi received a 5 year prison term for organizing an opposition group.Nima Pouryaghob was sentenced to 6 years in prison on charges of organizing an opposition group and propaganda against the regime.

Sasan Vahebivash received a 6 month prison term on charges of the membership in an organization opposing IRI and propaganda against the regime.

The Revolutionary Court, Branch 1, tried and convicted these leftist labor activists and students on August 18, 2011.Prior to this trial, a bail approximately equivalent to $94,000 was set for Nima Pouryaghob while Sasan Vahebivash and Buick Sydler each posted approximately $30,000 bail to be temporally released from Tabriz Prison.

The verdicts issued against these political activists are unprecedented in Tabriz in the recent few years.