Labour activist died due to lack of medical attention while in prison

Labour activist died due to lack of medical attention while in prison

Published by on October 9, 2017

Mohammad Jarrahi who suffered from thyroid cancer died on 5 October after five years of torture and imprisonment. He was denied medical treatment as his illness progressed. Funeral ceremony for deceased labour activist was held in Tabriz on 8 October.

Former political prisoner Ja’far Azimzadeh, Secretary of the Board of the Iranian workers Free Trade Union, told the crowd at the funeral ceremony that: “The ones who do not recognize the workers’ legal rights are responsible for the death of Mohammad Jarrahi and Shahrokh Zamani”, another worker activist who died in prison 2 years ago.

“After the death of Shahrokh Zamani and Mohammad Jarrahi, we, the workers, will seek our legal rights more determined than before, and we will not allow this situation to persist,” Azimzadeh said during his speech.

Another labour activist, Mahmoud Salehi, also spoke in the ceremony, saying “People like Mohammad Jarrahi and Shahrokh Zamani never die because they have served humanity in their lives.”

He thanked those who attended the funeral ceremony and added: “We hope that we will turn this sadness against those who put us in this situation.”

Mohammad Jarrahi, a member of the committee to pursue the establishment of labour unions, was born in Tabriz. He was arrested in 2011 and sentenced to prison for attempting to create “illegal organization” and “propaganda against the regime”.

Political prisoner Shahrokh Zamani, a construction painter and a member of the of the workers’ union committee passed away in prison on 13 September 2015 due to lack of medical treatment after spending five years in prison.

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