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Labor Activist Sentenced to Five Years; Union Calls for Suspension of Sentence

Iran's judiciary has given a five-year discretionary imprisonment sentence to labor activist Davood Razavi for organizing protests demanding better wages and working conditions.

On June 7, the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company Workers' Union declared that the verdict included a two-year prohibition on online activities and involvement in political groups and parties. The union promptly appealed for the suspension of this sentence. Razavi, a member of the union, was arrested last October.

The charges against him included "assembly and collusion against national security" for his membership of the union's board of directors, as well as organizing labor protests and having contact with union colleagues.

The union highlights that Razavi's verdict raises concerns about the judiciary and ruling powers' stance, as it entails penalizing individuals for advocating for legitimate demands such as housing, fair wages, and the establishment of a workers' union. The union called on authorities to respect such rights, which are fundamental conventions of the International Labor Organization.

Iran's judiciary has given a five-year discretionary imprisonment sentence to labor activist Davood Razavi for organizing protests demanding better wages and working conditions.

On June 7, the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company Workers' Union declared that the verdict included a two-year prohibition on online activities and involvement in political groups and parties. The union promptly appealed for the suspension of this sentence. Razavi, a member of the union, was arrested last October.

The charges against him included "assembly and collusion against national security" for his membership of the union's board of directors, as well as organizing labor protests and having contact with union colleagues.

The union highlights that Razavi's verdict raises concerns about the judiciary and ruling powers' stance, as it penalizes individuals for advocating for legitimate demands such as housing, fair wages, and establishing a workers' union. The union called on authorities to respect such rights, which are fundamental conventions of the International Labor Organization.

Alongside denouncing the ruling, the union demanded to dismiss what they consider unfounded allegations against Razavi and other incarcerated union members, namely Hassan Saeedi and Reza Shahabi.



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