Mounting Crackdown on Teachers, Labor Activists: HRW

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ICBHR: In a statement, on Thursday Nov 22, Human Rights Watch criticized IRI’s authorities for targeting teachers and labor activists in recent weeks for organizing and conducting peaceful protests.

“Iranian authorities are punishing teachers and labor activists for exercising their collective bargaining rights and conducting peaceful protests that are essential freedoms for all workers,” said Michael Page, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Authorities’ recent talk of ‘national unity and resistance against foreign pressure’ are empty words when they throw educators and labor activists in jail for demanding a fair wage.”

Since November 11, at least 12 teachers arrested and 30 others were summoned and interrogated for exercising their collective bargaining rights and conducting peaceful protests.

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“The escalating crackdown against teachers and labor activists follows the same old recipe that authorities have pursued for decades,” Page said. “Rather than empowering unions to act as a bridge between authorities and its members, Iranian authorities suppress any effort at peaceful mobilization.”

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