Labor activist says Tehran Prosecutor is lying about Shahabi’s charges
Following new charges brought against detained labor activist Reza Shahabi by the Tehran Prosecutor including “contacting and obtaining money from dissident groups”, a labor activist from the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company Worker’s Syndicate, said that such charges had not been raised even during the interrogation phase.
“The Tehran Prosecutor is lying as a pretext for the judiciary’s illegal measures”, he said.
This worker activist said the Prosecutor’s goal was to use these charges as an excuse to illegally keep Reza Shahabi in prison.
“Shahabi was a bus driver before his arrest and after his release, he opened a family grocery store with his wife. This is their only source of income. Sometimes Syndicate members may help those who have family in prison but having contacts with other groups and receiving money is an absolute lie”, the labor activist added.
Detained labor activist sends message from Rajaie Shahr Prison
Reza Shahabi, a prominent Iranian labor activist sent a message from prison detailing human rights violations and thanked the people and labor activists for their continuing support.
Letter by Five French Syndicates to Macron: Take Action to Save the Life of Reza ShahabiNCRI - Five French labour syndicates, together with Amnesty International, called on the French President Emanuel Macron to intervene to protect Reza Shahabi, member of the Syndicate of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company. Reza Shahabi has been on hunger strike for 35 days, and his life is in danger.The letter to the French President is part of a “Collective” action consisting of five French syndicates including the CGT, the CFDT, the FSU, UNSA and Solidaires together with Amnesty International to support Reza Shahabi and other Iranian labour and cultural activists.Reza Shahabi, a labour activist who has been on hunger strike since August 9, faces severe hypertension, localized anaesthesia in the left side of the body, impaired digestive function, and severe weight loss. READ MORE
Prominent Syndicalist Prisoner in Critical Health Condition
Workers Syndicate of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, in a statement reported “deterioration” of Reza Shahabi’s health condition due to “complications of hunger strike.” Mr. Shahabi is a member of the board of directors of this guild organization.According to the statement of the Workers Syndicate of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, Reza Shahabi's family said after a meeting with him in the Rajaei Shahr (Gohardasht) prison in Karaj on Wednesday, August 10, that the activist had a severe weakness and his left hand lost feeling and was numb.
Reza Shahabi struck a hunger strike 23 days ago in protest at his re-arrest. After returning to prison, following the pressures by the regime’s judiciary and prosecution office, he found that his medical leave, which was approved by legal physician of forensics, was not accepted by the prosecutor's office and was considered as “absence” and he has to stay in prison for another 968 days.
However, according to the Syndicate of Workers, Mr. Shahabi had already seen in prison the letter regarding the end of his prison term in 2015.
The Statement of Social Activists to Support Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike
NCRI - A group of labor activists and workers released a statement in North of Khuzestan (southwest of Iran) to support the political prisoners of Gohardasht Prison who have gone on hunger strike.
The statement reads, "Some terrible news comes through about the poor condition of political prisoners whereas many reformists' preoccupations are to submit articles in blogs and cyberspace or to criticize and comment on other articles. According to the reliable sources, some political prisoners of Gohardasht Prison are on hunger strike due to the poor condition of the prison. The political prisoners have started their hunger strike since July 30, 2017, as the prison guards attacked the prisoners.Labour Activist Stages Indefinite Hunger Strike
Syndicate of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company said on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 that Reza Shahabi, an imprisoned member of this labour union was on hunger strike in Rajaei Shahr (Gohardssht) prison in Karaj.
A report published on the Telegram page of the syndicate indicates that Mr. Shahabi has started his hunger strike eight days ago. A close friend of this labour activist also confirmed his hunger strike in a conversation with Radio Farda.
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