Two veteran workers’ rights advocates in Iran, the teacher Haleh Safarzadeh and the auto mechanic Alireza Saghafi, were arrested two months ago. They have been jailed for a year for their efforts to inform workers of their rights and to defend victims of repression. Both Haleh and Alireza have been repeatedly imprisoned over many years. Saghafi suffers from high blood pressure and heart problems and is being denied the urgent medical treatment he requires.
The 2019 May Day crackdown on civil and labour rights defenders was a prelude to the brutal repression of the mass demonstrations which swept Iran in November that year. Hundreds of workers were killed and thousands arrested. Repression against rights defenders has already increased significantly in 2022.
Global unions including the International Union of Foodworkers, IndustriALL, UNI Global Union, the International Federation of Journalists and the International Trade Union Confederation, have backed a call for their immediate release – please show your support here:
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