Iran Labor Report, unpaid wages & Baha'i Female Political Prisoners
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The staff of Iran Labor Report would like to wish our readers and all the
friends of Iran labor movement a Happy New Year where ever they are.
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Statement on the Deplorable Conditions of Workers and
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The following is a joint statement by a number of labor organizations on
the recent deaths of children and workers in Iran. The spate of tragic
occurrences involving workers and
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Activists Urge the End of Hunger Strike <http://iranlaborreport.com/?p=2158>
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22 labor activists wrote an open letter to Reza Shahabi who has been on
hunger strike for nearly two weeks to terminate his protest action
immediately for his own sake.
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D�tention de R�za Shahabi / Demande de Transfert dans un H�pital Civil Hors
du Milieu Carc�ral <http://iranlaborreport.com/?p=2151>
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Five French trade unions (CFDT, CGT, FSU, Solidaires, Unsa) have issued a
joint statement on the health of Reza Shahabi, calling for his immediate
release. The statement reads as follows:
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Campaign for Iranian Painter <http://iranlaborreport.com/?p=2145>
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The following is a reprint from UNITY, the official journal of CFMEU, the
Australian Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. Get active Call
the Iranian Embassy in Canberra on 6290
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workers speak out against continued wage delays
Source: Radio Zamaneh <http://radiozamaneh.com/english/>
*More than 500 workers at the Safa Pipe
begun their fourth round of protests against the delayed payment of wages
and other grievances.*
ILNA reports <http://www.ilna.ir/news/news.cfm?id=33472> that on January
1,500 workers at the Safa Pipe factory in Saveh, a city south of Tehran,
demonstrated against the company's failure to pay wages for more than six
One of the workers told ILNA that they have been gathering in protest since
Saturday December 29, representing 1,300 workers at Safa Pipe factory who
have not been paid in more than six months.
The workers claim that they have approached all officials with their
complaint and so far have seen no effective way to resolve it.
One worker indicated that the loss of pay for more than six months has led
to serious health and psychological crises for the workers, due to rising
prices and their inability to meet debt and mortgage obligations.
The report indicates that, according to the workers, Safa Pipe factory is
owned by one of the biggest businessmen in the Central Province, and in the
past two years, even before the international sanctions against Iran took
effect, he has repeatedly delayed the payment of wages.
Labour protests have been on the rise in recent months in Iran, with every
week bringing the shutdown of a factory or workshop.
Despite claims by the Ahmadinejad administration that it has created
millions of jobs over the past two years, many factories have closed,
blaming the administration's scrapping of government subsidies on food and
energy for their inability to keep businesses afloat in the face of rising
... Payvand News - 01/01/13 ... --
Iran Feature: The Life of a Baha'i Female Political Prisoner
Monday, December 31, 2012 at 8:56 | Scott
in EA Iran <http://www.enduringamerica.com/home/category/ea-iran>, Middle
East and Iran<http://www.enduringamerica.com/home/category/middle-east-and-iran>
*Kyan Sabeti writes for Radio
Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad was thrust into the spotlight when news emerged
that secret mass executions were carried out there over the past two years.
However, in this same institution, there are a number of prisoners of
conscience whose names have never appeared in the media.
The Vakilabad Prison has two wards for prisoners of conscience, the men's
and women's. In the men�s ward, there may be a few students and supporters
of the Green Movement, Mujahedin-e Khalq supporters, Baha�is, dervishes,
Sunnis, and sometimes a Christian convert. In the women�s ward, there are
currently nine Baha�i prisoners.
The women�s ward in Vakilabad Prison is a small room with an iron window
half-a-metre in length that lets in very little sunlight. The room was used
as storage until two and a half years ago. As the number of Baha�i
prisoners rose, and after the Mashhad Intelligence Office issued orders to
restrict contact between Baha�i prisoners and the rest of the inmates, this
room --- at the far end of the women�s hall --- was turned into a cell for
prisoners of conscience, and the Baha�i inmates were transferred there.
The room in question contains three triple-bunk beds, and the small and
inadequate space makes it impossible for the prisoners to pace their cell,
which is what most usually do to pass the time. The small space only allows
for five or six of the inmates to sit on the floor at any one time, so the
others have to be sitting on their beds or lying down.
In the meantime, since the room used to be a storage room and it is at the
end of the Women�s Ward, it contains a ventilation unit used to clean the
air in the hall. The unit is in constant operation, and its continuous
racket prevents the prisoners from resting in peace and quiet.
A secret order from the Mashhad Intelligence Office restricts contact
between Baha�i female prisoners and the others, which has led to further
pressure on these prisoners of conscience. For instance, the door to their
cell is always kept closed, and a toilet and bathroom facility has been
installed inside so that there is little reason for the prisoners to leave
The installation of the sanitary service inside a small room, which is
already over capacity, has led to further problems for these inmates. They
can only go for fresh air or make telephone calls at times when other
prisoners are not there. Similar considerations have to be made for the use
of sports facilities and even the library. The prison authorities are so
committed to keeping the Baha�i prisoners away from the others that last
Norooz (Iranian New Year), when some of the Baha�i prisoners had sent over
fruit and goodies for some of the children who were spending time with
their jailed mothers, the mothers were reprimanded and forced to dispose of
the food in trash cans.
Recently, for unspecified reasons, female Baha�i prisoners have been denied
their in-person monthly visits, and visits from behind glass walls, which
had been held every week, have now been reduced to once every two
weeks.These prisoners have also been barred from sending or receiving
letters. The prisoners� families have followed up on these matters, and
prison authorities have simply responded that the orders are coming from
higher authorities and their hands, therefore, are tied.
The nine Baha�i citizens who are serving their sentences in this manner at
Vakilabad Prison are:
1.* Rosita Vaseghi*, who was arrested in March 2010 and has been in jail
ever since. During her interrogation, she was under severe pressure to sign
a legal document swearing she would refrain from promoting the Baha�i
faith. She wrote to her family about these pressures, saying her
interrogators should be held responsible if her health were to become
compromised in any way.
Rosita Vaseghi spent six months in solitary and was then transferred to
Vakilabad Prison. She has been sentenced to five years in prison. Although
she has served more than two and a half years of her sentence, she has not
been allowed any furloughs, as is customary for political prisoners who
have served half of their term.
2. *Nahid Ghadiri* was arrested in March of 2010 and was then transferred
to Vakilabad Prison. Ghadiri, a mother of three, is serving a five-year
3. *Sima Eshraghi (Aghdaszadeh)* was summoned by Mashhad Revolutionary
court in November of 2010 and transferred to Vakilabad Prison. She was
sentenced to five years in prison. She has two children. One of her
children, Sina Aghdaszadeh, was recently released on bail by the Mashhad
Intelligence Office after two months in custody and is currently awaiting
4. *Noura Nabilzadeh* was summoned and arrested this August and transferred
to Vakilabad Prison. She has also been sentenced to five years in jail. Her
father and uncle, Davar Nabilzadeh and Jalayer Vahdat, are also serving
five-year sentences in the men�s ward of Vakilabad Prison and have been
there for more than two years.
5. *Sonia Ahmadi (Taami)* was summoned and arrested together with Noura
Nabilzadeh. She is also serving a five-year sentence. She served a 2
1/2-year sentence in Vakilabad Prison about 13 years ago for her religious
beliefs. She has one child.
6. *Sanaz Tafazoli (Rouhi)* was summoned and arrested in November and sent
to Vakilabad Prison to serve her six-month sentence. Her husband, Babak
Rouhi, has been sentenced to five years in jail. Two of Babak Rouhi�s
brothers have also been recently detained and were only released on bail.
One of them, named Shayan Tafazoli, has been sentenced to six months in
jail, which is now being appealed. Sanaz Tafazoli has two children.
7.* Dori Amri (Esmailpour)* was arrested when she arrived at Mashhad
Revolutionary Court offices to inquire about the results of her appeal and
was transferred to Vakilabad Prison. She is sentenced to six months in
jail. She was also arrested last year and held for three months. She has
8 and 9. *Nika and Nava Kholosi,* aged 28 and 22 respectively, are sisters
who were arrested by Mashhad Intelligence officials last August and
transferred to the Vakilabad women�s ward after two months of
interrogations. They are currently in an undetermined judicial state.
Nasrin Ghadiri and Sima Rajabian are another two female Baha�i prisoners of
Vakilabad Prison who were released in the past month after each had served
a two-year jail term.
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