Irán, República Islámica del - Teachers Union under attack (2012)

Rasoul Bodaghi, a member of Iran Teachers’ Trade Associations (ITTAs), is currently serving a six year sentence in Raja’i Shahr Prison, in Karaj, near Tehran. He had been sentenced in August 2010 on charges of “propaganda against the system” and “gathering and colluding with intent to disturb national security”. Following a hunger strike by several political prisoners in protest at conditions inside the prison in May 2011, Rasoul Bodaghi was transferred to solitary confinement. In April 2011, three members of Hamadan’s teacher’s union in north-west Iran, Ali Najafi, Mohammad Khani and Saeed Jahanara, were summoned to court, possibly to face charges of «propaganda against the system».

Hashem Khastar former head of the Mashad Teachers’ Union, and a former teacher at the Agriculture Technical High School, was due to be released on 26 July. Instead he was taken to court and tried on the new charge of “creating public anxiety”. He had been arrested in September 2009 and sentenced to six years in prison on charges relating to his trade union activities. An appeals court later reduced his sentence to two years.

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