Dear President Hassan Rouhani,
The ITF wishes, once again, to raise with you the urgent matter of imprisoned trade unionist Reza Shahabi, the Treasurer of the ITF-affiliated Tehran Bus Drivers’ Union the Vahed Syndicate. That urgency comes not only from his well-known and continuing health problems, but also because of an unexpected judicial decision that could result in him spending an extra year in jail.
Both of these facts are wholly unacceptable and demand action to remedy them. The release of Reza Shahabi and others who have been unjustly imprisoned is the only acceptable form of remedial action. Such action is clearly within your power.
It is deeply disappointing that we have to once again raise this matter. Your election to the post of President created hopes of change in Iran. Such change is only achievable when the rights of workers are upheld. So far there has been no evidence of this taking place. We therefore ask you now to address this grave lack of justice.
ITF Acting general secretary