Ismail Abdi Returned to Evin Prison by the End of His Furlough
HRANA News Agency – Ismail Abdi, teacher unionist and former secretary of the Teachers’ Union in Iran, returned to Evin Prison by the end of his furlough.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Ismail Abdi, imprisoned teachers’ union activist, returned to Evin prison by the end of his furlough on January 8.
It is noteworthy that Mr. Abdi was arrested without any warning at his home after his six-year imprisonment sentence was confirmed by the appeal court and was transferred to Evin prison on November 9, 2016.
Ismail Abdi was sentenced to six years imprisonment by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran on charge of “propaganda against the regime” and “gathering and collusion to act against national security” in February 2016.
These charges against Ismail Abdi are because of his peaceful activities; including his cooperation with Education International, the largest World Federation of Teachers’ Union, and organizing the peaceful protests of teachers and members of the Teachers’ Trade Association in front of the Parliament in October 2016, to protest against the low level of education funding and teachers’ salary and protest against detaining teachers.
Ismail Abdi was arrested first time by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, on June 27, 2015, when he wanted to apply for a visa, to attend the Seventh Congress of Education International, which was held in July 2015 in Ottawa.