Two worker leaders and five journalists in Iran have received long prison sentences ranging from 6 to 18 years. For one of the workers, the sentence also includes 74 lashes. Many other labor activists, feminists, oppressed minority, student and environmental activists are languishing in prisons in Iran.
The latest sentences are part of the government’s heavy-handed response to more than two years of protests at the Haft Tappeh sugar mill in the city of Shush, Khuzestan Province, demanding unpaid wages and workers’ rights.
The following activists were convicted of “national security” charges for participating in or covering those demonstrations, according to a post by the Haft Tappeh workers’ Telegram channel on September 7, 2019.
Esmail Bakhshi, Haft Tappeh worker, union representative, 14 years in prison, 74 lashes
Sepideh Qoliyan, labor rights activist and freelance journalist, 18.6 years in prison
Amirhossein Mohammadifard, editor-in-chief of the independent Gam Telegram app news channel, 18 years in prison
Asal Mohammadi, Gam reporter, 18 years in prison
Sanaz Allahyari, Gam reporter, 18 years in prison
Amir Amirgholi, Gam reporter, 18 years in prison
Mohammad Khonifar, Haft Tappeh worker, six years in prison
Protests to demand their immediate release have been scheduled in several cities around the world. Below is the list of a few. More are being planned by Iranian socialist and international activists in other cities.
Saturday September 14, 2019, 12 noon, Athens, Panapistimio Metro Station
Saturday September 14, 2019, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., Gothenburg, Sweden, Kungsportplatsen
Friday September 20, 2019, 5 p.m., Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street
For more information you can contact Shadyar Omrani at shadyar.[email protected], or go to this facebook page set up by the various organizers: