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    http://iranlaborreport.com/ January 2, 20130 The staff of Iran Labor Report would like to wish our readers and all
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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.
      Overall, 2012

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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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      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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      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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      [image: Bookmark and Share] <http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=20>Iranian
      workers speak out against continued wage delays

      Source: Radio Zamaneh <http://radiozamaneh.com/english/>

      *More than 500 workers at the Safa Pipe
      factory<http://www.savehrolling.com/safagroup-fa.html> have
      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
      energy costs.

      ... 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 cell.

      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
      two children.

      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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