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Tuesday 12 May 2009

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Release the 1st May detainees

CODIR :Human rights and trades union organisations across the globe are combining to call for the release from prison of participants in the May Day rally in Tehran this month.

The May Day rally in Tehran, which was organized by independent Iranian labour organisations in Laleh Park in Tehran, was attacked by Iranian government security and intelligence forces. Many participants have been beaten and arrested. Some activists, who were not attending the event, were arrested from their homes and taken to the notorious Evin prison in Tehran.

Some of the imprisoned are labour and social activists including Ms. Maryam Mohseni, Ms. Fatemeh Shahnazari, Ms. Laleh Mohammadi, Ms. Afsane Azim Zadeh and Messrs Behrouz Khabbaz, Jafar Azimzadeh, Fayeq Kayxosravi, Mansour Hayatqeybi, Gholamreza Khani, Saeed Youzi, Mehdi Farahani shandiz, Habib Sadeqi, Shahpour Ehsani-rad, Nikzad Zangeneh, Amir Yaghoubali, Masoud Loghmani, Kaveh Mozafari, Pouya Poushtareh and Taha Valizadeh who were arrested during the demonstration and Jelveh Javaheri, (an activist of the women’s movement) who was arrested from her home.

Every May Day thousands of workers, students and women gather in Tehran and other cities across Iran to protest against the authoritarian theocratic regime ruling the country. Since the early years of its rule the regime has done what it could to put an end to this tradition and stop May Day being marked as a celebration of international workers’ solidarity. The authorities usually ban demonstrations and rallies organised by non- governmental trade unionists and workers organisations. Participants at May Day events in Iran regularly face arrest, torture and even the threat of execution for exercising a right that is regarded as basic in most other countries of the world.

The arrests of the 1st May 2009 are the latest in a pattern of ongoing harassment by the Iranian government. The regime has sought to suppress the voices of many peace and trades union activists, resulting in prison sentences for Mansour Osanloo and the ongoing smear campaign against lawyer and peace activist Shirin Ebadi.

CODIR Assistant General Secretary, Jamshid Ahmadi, stressed the importance of putting pressure upon the Iranian government.

“We are within a month of the presidential election in Iran”, he said, “and the regime will be more sensitive than usual to pressure which can be applied form the outside world to highlight its record on human rights. In spite of the media clampdown in Iran information does reach the ordinary people. The action of the regime in arresting these activists is not popular but people feel powerless unless they see that there is wider support. That is why we are calling upon the international community to join us in demanding the release of all of those unjustly imprisoned on the 1st May and the release of all other peace and trades union leaders imprisoned in Iran.”

CODIR are calling for individuals and organisations to send messages demanding the release of political prisoners in Iran to the Iranian consulate in London:

-  Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

16 Prince’s Gate

London SW7 1PT

Tel: 00442072253000...

consulate@iran-embassy.org.uk

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