Letter from Reza Shahabi’s family:
To workers, trade unions, human rights organisations and world media
As you are aware, Reza Shahabi, who is being detained in Ward 209 of Evin Prison [in Tehran, Iran], has been on a dry hunger strike since Saturday 4th December. Given previous multiple medical conditions and the problems suffered during the six months that he has been in prison, his health is in serious danger.
Although a letter stating his release was issued on 11 October, and we have submitted a 600 million Rial [App. US$60,000] bail, while Reza himself has signed a bail pledge for 1 billion Rial [App. US$100,000], the two judicial authorities whom we have been referred to deny being in charge of Reza Shahabi’s case.
Reza Shahabi has been in jail for six months for defending workers’ rights. He is still in jail although his release letter was issued two months ago. And now his health is in serious danger, and we can’t think what further damage the dry hunger strike will do to him.
We hereby request all workers, trade unions, human rights organisations, the media and concerned people to do all they can for the release of Reza Shahabi, his jailed colleagues and all jailed workers.
Partner, brothers and family members of Reza Shahabi
Thursday 9 December 2010
[Translated from Farsi by Free Them Now! Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran http://free-them-now.blogspot.com/]