Thursday, July 19, 2007

Latest News on Mansour Osanloo

Taken from the International Transport Workers' Federation's (ITWF) website:

As Iranian trade unionist Mansour Osanloo began his second week of captivity the ITF vowed to carry on its efforts to secure his release. The organisation once again called on the Iranian authorities to free him, while continuing its campaign to marshal worldwide support for the persecuted labour leader (see www.itfglobal.org/solidarity/osanloo2.cfm).

Osanloo remains in Evin prison, and no reason has yet been given for his arrest and continuing detention, which had originally been denied by government and police. The ITF has welcomed the raising of his gangster-style arrest and subsequent imprisonment by both European Union External Affairs Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and, as reported today by the Associated Press, by the Defending Prisoners’ Rights Society, based in Tehran.

ITF General Secretary David Cockroft said: “Our campaign to release Mansour continues, and continues growing. The Iranian authorities, who have persecuted this valiant man for so long, must put up or shut up. Explain what charge he is held on or release him. And while they’re struggling with that idea the very least they can do is allow him access to his family, a lawyer and a doctor.”

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