Four Teacher Union Activists Sentenced to Imprisonment

The Sanandaj Revolutionary Court sentenced four teacher union activists of Divandarreh, Omid Shah-Mohammadi, Parviz Ahsani, Kaveh Mohammadzadeh and Hiva Ghoreishi to imprisonment.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Coordination Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations, the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court sentenced Omid Shah-Mohammadi to five years in prison on the charge of “acting against national security.” Parviz Ahsani, Kaveh Mohammadzadeh and Hiva Ghoreishi were also given five-year suspended sentences for the same charge.

On August 28, 2022, these teachers were released on a 1.5 billion tomans bail until the end of legal proceedings.

Their pre-trial detentions were extended three times.

Omid Shah-Mohammadi faced other arrests and convictions on a prior occasion for his civil activities.

 

Teacher Union Activist Jafar Ebrahimi Sentenced to Five Years

On November 27, the Tehran Court of Appeals upheld a five-year sentence against teacher union activist Jafar Ebrahimi.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, teacher union activist Jafar Ebrahimi was sentenced to five years in prison.

In late October 2022, the Tehran Revolutionary court sentenced him to four years on the charge of “assembly and collusion” and one year on “propaganda against the regime.” He was also banned from leaving the country and from membership in political and civil groups for two years.

Based on article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, four years for the first charge will be enforceable to him.

Last week, Ebrahimi was hospitalized due to poor health conditions.

Ebrahimi is a teacher and Tehran Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association member. In February of this year, he was sentenced to four years and six months in another legal case.

 

 

Three Teacher Union Activists Sentenced to a Total of 15 Years in Prison

The Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Rasoul Bodaghi, Jafar Ebrahimi and Mohammad Habibi to a total of 15 years and one-month imprisonment as well as additional punishments.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, three teacher union activists Rasoul Bodaghi, Jafar Ebrahimi and Mohammad Habibi were sentenced to over 15 years in prison.

Attorney Ramin Safarnia wrote on social media, “Bodaghi was sentenced to four years and six months on the charge of ‘assembly and collusion’ and one year on the charge of ‘propaganda against the regime’. For Jafar Ebrahimi, the sentences for the exact charges are four years and one year, respectively. Mohammad Habibi received three years and seven months on the first charge and one year on the charge.”

Moreover, all three defendants were banned from leaving the country and membership in civil and political groups.

 

Teachers Eskandar Lotfi and Masoud Nikkhah Arrested

On October 8, 2022, security forces arrested Lotfi and Masoud Nikkhah, the members of the Teachers’ Trade Association of Mariwan and one day later transferred them from Mariwan to Evin Prison in Tehran.

These teachers union activists were arrested at their houses in Mariwan.

On May 1, 2022, Lotfi and Nikkhah were also arrested by security forces and then released on bail on August 20.

The reason for these arrests and the charges are still unknown.

HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at least three protests took place in Iran.

For the second consecutive day, several medical assistants protested before the Ministry of Health in Tehran. The protestors mentioned the flaws in designing test questions for the medical certification exams as one of the reasons for their protest.

A number of citizens who lost their money due to the corruption and fraud in the Tehran Stock Exchange held a protest in Tehran.

A group of the Shushtar Municipality’s staff gathered in front of Major’s office to protest against unpaid wages and premiums for three months.

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HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On September 12, 2022, at least two protests took place in Iran.

On Monday, September 12, death-row prisoners’ families demonstrated in front of the headquarters of the Judiciary in Tehran. Carrying placards with the slogan “Don’t Execute”, they demanded the judicial authorities stop the executions. Yesterday, the police arrested several protestors. The reports obtained by HRANA confirm that currently, eight individuals are held in detention.

 

In Isfahan, several citizens protested against the way the units in commercial buildings have been allocated.

HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On September 10-11, 2022, at least eleven protests and two labour strikes took place in Iran.

Saturday, September 11

The families of prisoners who are on death row continued their protests before the Justice Building in Tehran. They asked judicial authorities to stop executions. According to HRANA’s latest statistics, there are 46 death-row convicts in Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj.

 

In Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, a group of women’s rights activists gathered in front of the Justice Building to ask for safety for women following Shalir Rasouli’s death at a hospital last Thursday. Rasouli threw herself out of the window of her apartment to escape an assailant.

Along with their families, Achondroplasia (a genetic disorder) patients held a protest before the Food and Drug Administration in Tehran. They demanded supplying and importing their needed drugs such as Voxzogo.

In Alborz province, a group of citizens protested against demolishing a ski resort which is a tourist attraction.

A group of Urmia residents demonstrated to demand rescuing Urmia Lake from drying up completely.

 

Sunday, September 11

The families of prisoners presently on death row continued their protests before the Headquarters of the Judiciary in Tehran. They demanded stopping the executions.

The pensioners of the Fulad Pension Fund demonstrated in front of the building of this fund in Isfahan, Tehran and Ahvaz. They demanded addressing pensions disparities and a 38% increase in pensions.

The workers of the Rudbar’s Municipality protested to demand unpaid wages for the last two months and accumulated unpaid wages equivalent to four-month wages during the last year. Moreover, there are some unpaid benefits like severance and overtime pay accumulated during the past nine years.

In Tehran, a group of teachers and families with exceptional children protested against new restrictions on school transport service in front of the Special Education Organization.

In Asaluyeh, The workers of the petrochemical company Dena went on strikes to protest against the two months of non-payment.

The temporary workers of the Islamabad Petrochemical Company staged a labour strike to demand the last two months’ wages.

HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Thursday, September 8, 2022, at least two protests took place in Iran.

The families of prisoners presently on death row in Ghezel Hesar Prison and Karaj Central Penitentiary protested before the Judiciary building in Tehran. These protestors held placards asking to stop executions.

Residents of Mariwan held a protest demanding security for women, following Shalir Rasouli’s death at a hospital, a woman who threw herself out of the window of her apartment to escape an assailant.

 

HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at least three protests took place in Iran.

For the second consecutive day, a group of families and relatives of prisoners presently on death row protested before the Judiciary building in Tehran and the Revolutionary Court in Karaj. These protestors held placards asking to stop executions. In August, HRANA identified 46 death row convicts in Ghezel Hesar Prison.

In Pardis Town, Tehran, several individuals protested in front of the Prosecutor’s Office to claim property rights. Pardi Omran Company obstructs the enforcement of the court order confirming the ownership of these individuals, protesters said.

 

HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at least seven protests and one labour strike took place in Iran.

A group of families of prisoners presently on death row gathered in front of the Karaj Revolutionary Court to demand the end of executions. Three inmates were executed in Karaj Central Penitentiary and six are at risk of imminent execution in Ghezel Hesar Prison.

A group of Women Rights Activists protested at the Justice Building in Marivan, Kurdistan Province. The protestors demanded security for women, following a recent incident.

 

For the third consecutive day, the workers of Kian Tire Manufacturing Company went on strike and assembled at their workplace to protest unpaid wages and job uncertainty.

A group of contract teachers gathered before the Governorate Building in Arak to demand official recruitment by the Ministry of Education.

The residents of the Morgmalek village in Shahrekord County held a protest against slow court proceedings in handling a lawsuit in regard to their lands.

A number of school service workers held a protest in Mahabad and Kermanshah.

The workers of Ardestan Cement Factory gathered before the Ministry of Labour in Ardestan, Isfahan Province.