September 18, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Trade Unionist In Need Of Medical Care (Iran: UA 306.13)


Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi was forced to return to prison on 9 August, prompting him to go on hunger strike in protest. After over 40 days on hunger strike, his health has seriously deteriorated and he is in need of urgent specialized medical care. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on the Iranian authorities to release Reza Shahabi immediately and unconditionally as he is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his human rights through his trade union activism;
  • Calling on them to ensure he has access to the specialized medical care he needs, if necessary in a medical facility outside of prison, in compliance with medical ethics, including the principles of confidentially, autonomy and informed consent;
  • Calling on them to respect and protect the right of everyone to form and join the trade union of their choice, which is guaranteed under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, both of which Iran has ratified.

Contact these two officials by 30 October, 2017:

Head of the Judiciary 
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani
c/o Public Relations Office
Number 4, 2 Aziz Street Intersection
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency

H.E. Gholamali Khoshroo
Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 687-2020 I Fax: (212) 867-7086
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Excellency