Worker’s Rights Activist Eghbal Sha’abani Receives 30-Month Suspended Sentence

Eghbal Sha’abani, a worker’s rights activist and inspector at the Sanandaj Bakers Syndicate, has been sentenced to 30 months of suspended imprisonment by the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court, according to a statement by the Independent Iranian Workers Union (IIWU).

The verdict was issued on the grounds of his alleged “membership in a political oppositional party.”

Sha’abani’s legal troubles began on May 19, 2023, when he was arrested by security forces in Sanandaj and subsequently detained at the Ministry of Intelligence detention facility. After nearly two weeks in custody, he was granted release on May 31, 2023, upon posting a half-billion-toman bail.

This is not the first time Sha’abani has faced such repercussions for his activism, as he has a history of prior arrests and convictions related to his dedication to worker’s rights causes.