- AFL-CIO, ILO, UN, UNHCHR, US State Department, EU, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki-Moon, European Parliament
- United States of America
Rasoul Bodaghi, a member of the Tehran Iran Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA), which is affiliated to European International (EI), an international union representing education workers, was arrested in September 2009.
A teacher for 20 years, he was later sentenced to six years in prison for the vaguely worded charges of “spreading propaganda against the system” and “gathering and colluding against national security” in connection with his activities for the association. In January 2011, an appeals court confirmed Rasoul Bodaghi’s sentence and banned him from taking part in any civil society activities for five years.
According to reports, he was severely beaten by two prison officers in May 2010.
WHEREAS: Rasoul Bodaghi is clearly a prisoner of conscience who is being persecuted solely for the peaceful exercise of his rights to freedom of expression and association;
AND WHEREAS: Article 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a signatory state, specifies that “everyone shall have the right to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and join trade unions for the protection of his interests;
THEREFORE: We the undersigned demand that the international community declare Mr. Bodaghi's continued detention illegal and bring all possible pressure to bear upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately and unconditionally release him.
The Free Iranian Teacher and Labor Activist Rasoul Badaghi petition to AFL-CIO, ILO, UN, UNHCHR, US State Department, EU, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki-Moon, European Parliament was written by John S. Burke and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.