Jafar Azimzadeh Hospitalized Immediately after Being Released

Posted on: 7th July, 2016
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Jafar Azimzadeh

HRANA News Agency – Jafar Azimzadeh, imprisoned labor activist who was released on furlough after 64 days of hunger strike was hospitalized in Ateyeh hospital due to his critical condition.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Jafar Azimzadeh who was released on furlough due to authorities’ promised for a retrial after 64 days of hunger strike was hospitalized in Ateyeh hospital due to his critical health condition.

On July 1, by on-going intestinal bleeding he also suffered serious stomach problems and his doctor announced that by continuing the hunger strike he would go into coma and there was also the risk of death.

Jafar Azimzadeh was sentenced to six years imprisonment and two years deprivation of ‘activities in cyberspace and the media and the press’ by the Revolutionary Court in 2015.

The labor activist was one of coordinators of scroll of the petition signed by forty thousand workers to increase the minimum income. He has been sentenced to six years in total on charges of gathering and colluding with intention to act against the national security, disturbing public order and propaganda against the regime.

Salvati, judge of branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court, has not accumulated the labor activist’s time under detention in the verdict.

Azimzadeh’s charges were, the formation of the Free Union of Iranian Workers, the formation of the National Union of Dismissed and Unemployed Workers in cooperation with the Committee of Labor Unions, gathering in Laleh Park in 2009 at the International Workers’ Day, guiding the labors in a protest in 2005, constituting, planning and management of workers’ protests in 2014.

Azimzadeh also has been sentenced because of gathering signatures for the petition of forty thousand workers and protest in front of Parliament and the Ministry of Labour, protesting against the approved basic income, being the representative of thousands of workers against Saeed Mortazavi, protesting against the changes in labor law, meeting with other independent workers’ organizations such as Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, Syndicate of Workers of Neishekar, the Coordinating Committee and interviews with some overseas media.

Jafar Azimzadeh was arrested on the eve of May Day in 2014 in Tehran by security agents and after 46 days was released from Evin prison on a bail of 1 billion IRR.

On November 8, 2015 according to the warrant of Branch 1 of Enforcement Criminal Court for the District 33 of Evin, for serving his sentence he showed up at prosecutor’s office in Evin prison and was transferred to ward eight.

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