Jailed labour activist released


Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, labour and children rights activist was released from prison in Iran on 1st may 2017 after spending seven years in prison.

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh is a well-known labour activist who was arrested in 2010. Behnam was a member of the Committee to Pursue the Establishment of Workers’ Organizations in Iran and a member of The Society for the Protection of Child and Street Workers.

He was initially sentenced to 20 years in prison which was then reduced to five years. While Behnam was serving the last year of his five years sentence, he was re-sentenced, based on fabricated charges, and was then sentenced to 9 years and 4 months which was then reduced to seven years, 10 months and 15 days in prison. In Behnam’s first trial, his lawyer was not allowed to speak, and on the second trial he was not allowed to attend. Behnam was threatened by the authority that he will be put on trial for the third time in 2017.

During his seven years in prison, Behnam was physically and psychologically tortured, kept in solitary confinement for months and was deprived of medical attention. Moreover, in order to exert more pressure on Behnam, and in a deliberate attempt to exterminate Behnam, he was transferred to the non- political ward of Rajaee Shahr prison where violent prisoners are kept, whom have been deprived of medical attention, and they carry various contagious diseases. Behnam was attacked by violent prisoners at least twice.  In protest to his sentence and the prison condition, Behnam staged hunger strikes.

Behnam’s family were constantly threatened and harassed and his father was once detained.  While Behnam was in prison, his only child, Nima, who was 13 at the time of Behnam’s arrest, developed Leukaemia. Behnam was not allowed to be with his son.

Despite all the pressure, Behnam did not keep silent and continued to speak up against his unfair arrest and trial and the inhuman condition of prison. He was the voice of all his inmates.

Behnam’s voice was echoed by thousands of freedom-loving, labour and children rights activists all over the world. Labour unions, children rights organisations and other human rights organisations have demanded his release.

Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran (CFPPI) had actively demanded the release of Behnam Ebrahimzadeh. We organised protests and campaigns, publicised Behnam’s situation in prison and the injustice that was imposed on him. We also gathered support for Behnam from human rights organisations and labour unions.

On behalf of the CFPPI, I would like to congratulate Behnam and his family for his release from prison. I would also like to salute the courage and bravery of Behnam who has never stopped fighting for freedom, and exposed the brutality of the Islamic regime in Iran even from prison.

I would also like to congratulate everyone for such a significant achievement. I would like to thank the labour unions, human rights organisations and each and every one of you who have joined the Free Behnam’s campaign and supported Behnam and his family. This is another proof that together we can make a difference.

I would like to urge all of you to continue your support for the release of other political prisoners in Iran. There are hundreds of political prisoners, including tens of labour activists like Behnam, who are in prison and need your support and solidarity.

Shiva Mahbobi
Spokesperson for Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran (CFPPI)







About shivamahbobi

Women's rights activist and spokesperson for ​ Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran (CFPPI), former political prisoner ,TV producer and presenter

Posted on May 7, 2017, in English, Political Prisoners - زندانيان سياسى and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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