Rapport 2013
La situation des droits humains dans le monde

11 avril 2008

Iranian trade unionist freed

Iranian trade unionist freed
A prominent trade unionist in Iran has been released from detention after serving a one-year prison sentence. Independent labour activist, Mahmoud Salehi, one of the co-founders of the Bakery Workers’ Trade Union in Saqez, was released on bail on Sunday 6 April, according to reports.

Mahmoud Salehi ©ITUCMahmoud Salehi has been the object of strong, unified international lobbying by international trade union and human rights’ organizations since 2007. Amnesty International has joined with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) to launch a series of joint demonstrations and protests in front of Iranian embassies around the world.

Salehi was originally sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for organizing an independent workers rally in Saqez on International Labour Day, 1 May 2004. His sentence was reduced on appeal to one year’s imprisonment and a three-year suspended prison term.

He finally began serving the sentence on 9 April 2007 in Saqez, before being transferred to a high security prison in Sanandaj, capital of Kordestan Province. His state of health severely deteriorated while in jail, after prison authorities repeatedly denied him proper medical care for acute kidney failure and other serious ailments.

An international day of action on 6 March 2008 brought trade union and other activists into the street in 35 countries, demonstrating in support of both Salehi and Mansour Ossanlu (or Osanloo). Ossanlu is President of the Tehran bus drivers’ union and remains in detention at Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.

One week later, the authorities levelled new charges against Salehi, who had originally been due for release on 23 March. Observers believe the new accustations were brought against him as a reaction to the day of action and in retaliation for solidarity messages that Salehi had managed to smuggle out of jail.

Since his release, Salehi has returned to Saqez, where he was met by family and friends. The ITUC, ITF and Amnesty International have welcomed news of Salehi’s release, but, in a joint statement, reminded Iran’s authorities that Ossanlu and other unjustly imprisoned trade unionists must be freed.

Thème

Militants 
Procès et systèmes juridiques 

Pays

Iran 

Région ou pays

Moyen-Orient et Afrique du Nord 

@amnestyonline sur Twitter

Nouvelles

09 octobre 2014

Le président tchadien Idriss Déby a été mis en garde au sujet du projet de loi homophobe actuellement examiné par le Parlement : son adoption constituerait une violation... Pour en savoir plus »

04 octobre 2014

Les États-Unis sont quasiment le seul pays du monde à incarcérer des milliers de prisonniers en isolement cellulaire pendant de longues périodes ou pour une durée indéterminée... Pour en savoir plus »

23 septembre 2014

Le commerce, la fabrication et l’exportation des instruments de torture par des entreprises chinoises, en plein essor, alimentent les violations des droits humains en Afrique... Pour en savoir plus »

20 octobre 2014

Des dizaines de familles se retrouveront à la rue si les autorités françaises procèdent à l’évacuation prévue cette semaine d’un campement rom installé dans une banlieue de... Pour en savoir plus »

03 septembre 2014

La décapitation du journaliste américain Steven Sotloff par des militants de l’État islamique est le dernier en date d’une série de crimes de guerre perpétrés par le groupe... Pour en savoir plus »