Jafar Azimzadeh Ended His Hunger Strike after 64 Days

Posted on: 3rd July, 2016
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Jafar Azimzadeh

HRANA News Agency – Jafar Azimzadeh, jailed trade unionist was sent to furlough by end of his hunger strike and promised an investigation into the case, after 64 days of hunger strike on June 30. Probably the labor activist will be admitted in another hospital due to his physical condition’s deterioration by his family’s decision.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Jafar Azimzadeh ended his hunger strike at 8 PM on Thursday, June 30, 2016, by adopting a retrial and impartial investigation of the case and extendable furlough and was released from the hospital by family.

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 the coordinators of the petition signed by forty thousand workers to increase the basic income. He has been sentenced to six years in total on charges of gathering and colluding with intention of acting 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 formation of the Free Union of Iranian Workers, 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 statement of Branch 1 of Enforcement Criminal Court for District 33 of Evin, for serving his sentence he introduced himself to prosecutor’s office in Evin prison and was transferred to ward eight.