Tuesday, November 06, 2007

On the morning of Thursday October 16, 2007, three masked men shot Majid Hamidi, a 48 year old grocery worker and labour activist in Sanandaj, Iran, seven times in his arm, shoulder and neck. Hamadi was eventually taken to Tehran for specialist surgery and remains in critical condition. Iranian labour activists are convinced that armed attacks of this type are done with the knowledge and support of the government. Already Iranian labour activists face jailings, beatings and other forms of persecution, including the jailing of labour leaders Mahmoud Salehi, Mansour Osanloo and Ebrahim Madadi, as well as the severe repression of strikers at the state owned Haft Tapeh sugar cane company. But this represents a considerable escalation. Iran is a member of the International Labour Organization, and we call upon the ILO to press the government in Tehran to stop these attacks immediately.
To join this campaign to ask the ILO to pressure Iran on its repressive tactics against labour go HERE.

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