Iranian trade unionist Esmail Abdi started a hunger strike on 24 April, to protest against the treatment of teachers and workers in Iran, on the one hand, and the denial of his requests for prison leave, on the other. Esmail Abdi is a prisoner of conscience serving a six-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin prison for his peaceful trade union activities.Iranian trade unionist Esmail Abdi started a hunger strike on 24 April, to protest against the treatment of teachers and workers in Iran, on the one hand, and the denial of his requests for prison leave, on the other. Esmail Abdi is a prisoner of conscience serving a six-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin prison for his peaceful trade union activities. 1) TAKE ACTION Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
- Calling on the Iranian authorities to release Esmail Abdi immediately and unconditionally, as he is a prisoner of conscience held solely for his peaceful trade union activities, and ensure, in the meantime, that he has access to a qualified health professional who can provide health care in compliance with medical ethics;
- Calling on them end the misuse of the criminal justice system against those who peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of expression and association;
- 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 (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), both of which Iran has ratified.
Contact these two officials by 6 June, 2018:
Head of the Judiciary Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani c/o Public Relations Office Number 4, Deadend of 1 Azizi Above Pasteur Intersection Vali Asr Street, Tehran, 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 Fax: (212) 867-7086 Email: [email protected] Salutation: Your Excellency2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 171.15 Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES READ THE FULL URGENT ACTION: Word or PDF GET INSPIRED: Read about the people you have helped READ TIPS for writing effective letters and emails CONTACT US: [email protected]