- Ahmed Shaheed, AFL-CIO, ILO, UNHCHR, State Department, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki-Moon, European Parliament
Bahman Ebrahimzadeh, labor activist, stood trial for the second time after spending more than a year in prison. During the second trial, Judge Moqayaseh presided over the Revolutionary Court, Branch 28.
According to a report by the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, Bahman Ebrahimzadeh was initially tried by the Revolutionary Court, Branch 15, and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Following his request for appeal and the Supreme Court’s approval, he was tried again. It has been reported that Bahman Ebrahimzadeh’s attorney is optimistic about the second trial and hopeful that his client will receive a lighter sentence.
Bahman Ebrahimzadeh is also an advocate against child labor and has supported the Society to Defend Child Laborers and Street Children. He was arrested in June 2010 and was locked up in one of the solitary confinements in Evin Prison’s ward 2A. Bahman Ebrahimzadeh has been denied furlough since then.
We demand the immediate release of Iranian labor activist Bahman Ebrahimzadeh. He is a prisoner of conscience imprisoned solely for his peaceful activism. Therefore, the charges against him and his first conviction are both illegal under international law.
A second trial and the possibility of a reduced sentence are not good enough. The international community must settle for nothing less than Bahman Ebrahimzadeh's immediate and unconditional release and a dismissal of all charges against him.
The Free Iranian Labor Activist Bahman Ebrahimzadeh petition to Ahmed Shaheed, AFL-CIO, ILO, UNHCHR, State Department, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki-Moon, European Parliament was written by John S. Burke and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.