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PostSubject: Mansoor Ossanlou re-arrested   Wed Nov 22, 2006 10:01 am

19 November 2006

Mansoor Ossanlou re-arrested

At 8am today (local time), Mansoor Ossanlou, President of the Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (“Sherkat e Vahed”), was arrested in Dasht e Narmak district of Tehran.

Ebrahim Madadi, union Vice President who was with Mansoor Ossanlou at the time of the arrest, was reportedly beaten up by the plain clothes security forces who carried out the arrest. Ossanlou's whereabouts are as yet unknown.

Mansoor Ossanlou, the head of Tehran’s bus workers’ union, was arrested in December last year, along with many other members and leaders of the union, during the bus workers’ protest. He spent more than seven and a half months in prison for his labour activities, without ever being formally charged. His release on 9th August 2006 came following a long worldwide campaign for his release and in support of the bus workers.

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PostSubject: Re: Mansoor Ossanlou re-arrested   Thu Nov 23, 2006 1:47 pm

Radio Free Europe November 20, 2006

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Prominent Union Leader Arrested In Tehran

Reports from Iran say prominent union leader Mansur Osanlu was arrested in Tehran on November 19 by plainclothes security agents. Osanlu, who is the president of the Syndicate of Workers of the Tehran Bus Company, was recently released from prison on bail.

Osanlu's arrest takes place just three months after he was freed from Tehran's notorious Evin Prison on a large bail (about $165,000).

Some observers said that the Iranian government crackdown against workers and union members might strengthen their resolve to fight for their fundamental rights.

Returned To Jail

Osanlu was detained by security agents and reportedly taken back to Evin Prison, where he had been jailed for more than seven months.

Ebrahim Madadi, the deputy director of the Syndicate Workers of the Tehran Bus Company, was with Osanlu at the time of his arrest.

"On Sunday at 9 a.m., Mr. Osanlu, Mr. Mansur Hayat Gheybi -- a senior member of the syndicate -- and I were going to the labor office to follow up on the case of syndicate workers who have been fired from their jobs," Madadi said. "On the way Mr. Osanlu got out of the car to buy some newspapers, and while crossing the street he was arrested by agents from the Intelligence Ministry."

Madadi told Radio Farda that some seven-security agents dragged Osanlu toward their cars and took him away. He said they refused to show any identification or provide an arrest warrant.

Forcibly Detained

"Mr. Onsalu called for help while he was being arrested," he said. "I went to help him but the agents beat me, too. One of them who beat me pulled out his gun and fired a shot in the air. Currently we have no news about Osanlu's fate."

Madadi is concern about Osanlu's health and says he had an eye operation a few days before his arrest. His eye was bandaged when he was arrested.

He and other members of the Syndicate of Workers of the Tehran Bus Company have condemned the arrest of Osanlu as a violation of his rights and called for his immediate release.

Osanlu was due to appear in court today to answer the charges that have been brought against him. His family and lawyers have said that authorities have not informed them of the reason for Osanlu's rearrest or about any criminal charges made against him.

Osanlu was arrested in December after organizing protests against the working conditions of bus drivers.

His arrest was condemned by activists in Iran and also international groups, including the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF).

In July, dozens of rights activists in Iran and elsewhere went on a three-day hunger strike to call for his unconditional release as well as the release of other Iranian citizens who are held because of their peaceful activities and opinions.

Harassing Unions

Osanlu's case was highlighted as an example of growing state pressure on union activists and workers in Iran.

Dozens of workers who had participated in protest actions have been arrested on unspecified charges in recent months. Many were detained in January ahead of a planned strike by Tehran bus drivers that was organized to protest the detention of Osanlu and the recognition of trade union activities.

The ICFTU and the ITF have said that they will continue to raise the plight of Iranian bus union workers and apply pressure on Iranian authorities to convince them to respect worker's rights.

Both organizations launched a formal complaint in July against Iran to the International Labor Organization to protest the detention of Osanlu and the crackdown against his group.

Some observers said that the Iranian government crackdown against workers and union members might strengthen their resolve to fight for their fundamental rights.

Just two weeks ago, workers from a closed down factory in Iran's northern city of Rasht threatened to protest the closure by appearing in front of the presidential palace. They said they would walk barefoot from Rasht to Tehran while wearing special white sheets used for burials (kafan).

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PostSubject: Re: Mansoor Ossanlou re-arrested   Thu Nov 23, 2006 1:50 pm

An urgent appeal to: Labour and progressive organizations and activists
Support Iranian Labour Activists!


Free Mansour Osanloo Now! Drop Sentences against Saqez Labour Leaders!

Sample Letter


Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadjinejad,

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir
Fax: + 98 21 649 58 80

I am writing to express my/ our serious concerns about the violent re-arrest and unjustified imprisonment of Mr. Mansour Osanloo, the President of the Syndicate of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Sherkat-e Vahed).

Mr. Osanloo was arrested by plain clothes agents, who refused to show any identification or arrest warrants, on Sunday, November 19, 2006 while he, along with two other union board members, were on their way to the office of the Labour Ministry in Tehran East. The agents physically and verbally assaulted Osanloo and Ebrahim Madadi, the union’s vice-president, and one of them pointed a gun at Mr. Madadi and fired a bullet in the air. The agents finally forced Mr. Osanloo into a waiting car and drove away.

Osanloo, who had an eye operation last week and his eye was bandaged at time of his arrest, was summoned to attend a court hearing on November 20, 2006. In December 2005, Mr. Osanloo was arrested following a job action by members of his union. He was released on 150 million Toman (about $US 165,000) bail after about 8 months in Tehran’s Evin prison.

In addition, according to the latest news, Mahmoud Salehi, the former President of the Bakery Workers’ Association of the city of Saqez and a co-founder of the Coordinating Committee to Form Worker’s Organization, has been sentenced to 4 years imprisonment. Jalal Hosseini, a labour activist in the city of Saqez and an executive board member of the Coordinating Committee to Form Worker’s Organization in the Western Iran, was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment. Borhan Divargar, another labour activists arrested on May Day 2004, was earlier sentenced to two years in prison. The initial arrests and the final charges against the above labour activists were made in connection with their attempts to participate in May Day 2004 celebration in Saqez.

I am outraged at these arrests and sentences which show that your government has disregarded the fundamental workers’ rights, such as freedom of association and the right to celebrate the Labour Day.

I strongly urge you to free Mansour Osanloo immediately and unconditionally and take immediate measures to ensure that all sentences against the above labour activists are unconditionally dropped without any further repercussions.

CC: Ambassador Mohammad Reza Alborzi, Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Institutions in Geneva, Chemin du Petit-Saconnex 28, 1209 Geneva, Switzerland, Fax: +41 22 733 02 03, E-mail: mission.iran@ties.itu.int

Mohammad Jahromi, Iran’s Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. Fax No: 00982166931062. Ministry of Labor’s Public relation’s Director General: Email: public_relation@irimlsa.ir

bc: info@workers-iran.org

For more information, contact info@workers-iran.org or alliance@workers-iran.org.

International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran
Background Information: www.workers-iran.org

November 20, 2006[center]

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PostSubject: Re: Mansoor Ossanlou re-arrested   Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:14 am

Labourstart, November 30, 2006

UPDATE ON JAILED IRANIAN UNION LEADER

We told you last week about the arrest of Mansour Osanloo, the leader of the bus drivers union in Tehran. Your response has been excellent -- over 2,500 of you have already sent messages to the Iranian President demanding his release.

We've now gotten some more details, and they make for grim reading.

We know that Oslanloo has been taken to Evin prison where authorities claim that they are "negotiating" with him. (How you can negotiate with someone who you've arrested is an interesting question.)

The authorities also claim that he will be allowed one visitor, his mother -- but no one has told the guards outside the prison. His mother waited in wain for a chance to see her son.

His family has not even been allowed to phone him.

Clearly the authorities are hoping to break his will -- and thereby weaken the emerging trade union movement in Iran. Remember that this is a movement which managed to completely shut down the capital with a transport strike earlier in the year, despite massive repression.

It is essential that we turn up the pressure and flood the Iranian government with more messages this week. Please make sure to send on your message today -- and to pass this letter on!

English:
http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/solidarityforever/show_campaign.cgi?c=167

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PostSubject: Re: Mansoor Ossanlou re-arrested   Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:28 pm

Labourstart, 13-12-2006

We have good news and bad news from Iran.

The good news first: several of the activists from the bus workers' union who had been arrested in recent days have been released from jail. These included Seyyed Davoud Razavi and Abdolreza Taraazi, members of the union's Executive Board, and Gholamreza Gholam-Hosseini.

Now the bad news: the union leader, Mansour Osanloo, who was arrested on 19 November, is still locked up.

Oslanloo is the focus of a huge international campaign involving global union federations, national unions, the newly-formed International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and, of course, LabourStart.

Our own online campaign has already generated over 4,500 messages of protest which have been sent to the Iranian government. 1,300 of those messages have come from the USA, 839 from Canada, 638 each from the U.K. and Australia, 226 from Norway, 106 each from Ireland and New Zealand, 57 from Sweden, 56 from Germany, and 39 from the Netherlands. Surely we can do better than that.

Over 40,000 of you who are reading this message have not yet sent out a message. I'm not talking to the wider world out there, the millions of trade unionists who may not know about this case. I'm talking to you -- to the 40,000 who have gotten these emails and have not yet taken the time to respond.

Please do not ignore this appeal.

We know that these campaigns work. We know that the more messages sent from around the world, the greater the likelihood that our brother, Mansour Osanloo, will be released.

Right now, the Iranian government is feeling the pressure. They have released three activists in the last few days.

And as you may have heard, on Sunday, hundreds of Iranian students risked their lives to shout out messages of protest at a speech given by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Imagine the courage it takes to shout out "Death to the dictator!" in the face of a real dictator.

Imagine the courage being shown by Mansour Osanloo and family as they try to cope with brutal police repression.

It doesn't take courage for us to send off messages -- in fact, all it takes is about 30 seconds of your time.

Our campaign is now working in an unprecedented six languages -- English, French, Spanish, German, Norwegian and Polish. We know that you understand at least one of these languages.

Please click here now:

http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/solidarityforever/show_campaign.cgi?c=167

Please pass on this message -- spread the word. Workers rights are human rights!

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PostSubject: Re: Mansoor Ossanlou re-arrested   Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:19 am

Release of persecuted Iranian trade unionist welcomed

Brussels, 19 December 2006 (ITUC Online): The ITUC and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) today welcomed the release of detained Iranian trade unionist Mansour Osanloo, while deploring the fact that he had to post additional bail to ensure his release. Osanloo was already on bail of 150 million Toman (US$ 165,000), stemming from his previous detention by the authorities from 22 December 2005 to 9 August 2006.

"We are pleased that Mansour Osanloo is now out of detention, but the additional bail condition, and the fact that leaders and members of his union continue to face systematic repression and harassment, are of deep concern", said ITUC General Secretary Guy Ryder.

Osanloo, who is President of the ITF‑affiliated Trade Union of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company ("Vahed Union"), was arrested on November 19th, only months after being released on bail following a long campaign of intimidation by Iranian police and state security agents that has seen him and colleagues brutally arrested and meetings violently broken up. His release followed public protests by Vahed Union members and an international campaign led by the ITF and the ICFTU (now ITUC), that involved protests to Iran, demonstrations outside embassies and a formal complaint to the ILO.

He and 9 other Vahed union leaders had been detained on an earlier occasion, on their way to an ILO seminar in Tabriz on November 8. A beating during his last arrest led to an aggravation of an existing eye injury, and in detention he was again threatened and subjected to blackmail in order to stop his union activities. Osanloo refused however to bow to the threats.

ITF General Secretary David Cockroft said "progress has been made but more needs to be done. The persecution of this man has to stop. Fundamental trade union rights have to be respected in Iran and we await similar positive news concerning Mansour Osanloo's trade union colleagues, some of whom have been sacked and all of whom have been denied the right to be represented by the union of their choice. For some weeks, the Iranian Labour Ministry had promised that Osanloo would be released, however worldwide pressure was needed to bring it about. The Government of Iran has to face up to its responsibilities withoutthe need for continued pressure from others."

(source ITUC Online)

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