Imprisoned teacher’s rights activist denied medical attention

Hunger striking Ismail Abdi, former leader of Iran’s largest teachers union, is still being held under custody in Evin prison, while his health deteriorates alarmingly. His arrest is seen as an additional severe case of persecution of peaceful activists on false charges. In a letter announcing his hunger strike, the former union leader demanded that his case be investigated in a “normal way outside the security apparatus”. Labor activism is still seen in Iran as a national security offense and independent labor unions are prohibited from functioning.


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