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President of the Republic of Iran
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Free all imprisoned labour activists now
Dear Mr. President Ahmadinejad,
I am writing on behalf of the members of the DGB Region of Lower Saxony in Germany to demand an immediate release of all imprisoned labour activists currently incarcerated in different prisons in Iran.
We are informed that before the International Labor Day 2011, labour activists in several cities such as Sanandaj were arrested by security forces. We are appalled at the continuing repression against unionists who have the courage to speak out for fairness and justice.
We urge you to stop the repression of labour and human rights activists and to respect the Iranian people’s rights.
We stress again that the performing of trade union activities are not punishable actions and in no case the reason for arrest. We underline the objective of Iranian workers for forming independent workers organizations.
We demand immediate and unconditional freedom of Mansour Osanloo and Reza Shahabi, who are in critical health conditions and many other labour activists in prison.
And we demand the immediate and unconditional freedom of all labour activists and call on the government to respect the right to organize and freedom of association.
We will be pleased about a positive reaction.
Andreas GehrkeDGB Region Chairman