Iran kills a trade unionist
There’s no other way to describe it. Farzad Kamangar, a teacher trade unionist in Iran, was executed on Sunday 9 May for the crime of ‘enmity against god’ – in practice, for disagreeing with the thugs who run Iran, and for being active. Farzad was a political activist, a teacher and a trade unionist, and he paid for that with his life. He was also a 35-year old husband – whose wife and mother weren’t even told he was about to die so that they could say goodbye.
The TUC has protested to the Iranian ambassador, and has alerted the Foreign Office as well as long-time friend of the TUC, Sheffield MP Clive Betts, who was secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Iran in the last parliament. Our action is part of a growing tide of global action, led by global teacher trade union Education International and the International Trade Union Confederation. Over the next few days, e-actions will be set up, Amnesty International and MEPs involved and more. Next month, the ITUC will take the issue to the International Labour Conference, to condemn the Iranian Government on the world stage. More information on the repression of trade unions in Iran is available on the Justice for Iranian Workers website.
They have killed one of us. They must not be allowed to get away with it.