Labour Activist Who Had Complained Of Torture in Prison Was Re-arrested

Labour Activist Who Had Complained Of Torture in Prison Was Re-arrested

Published by on January 22, 2019

Iranian labour protest leader, Esmail Bakhshi was arrested for the second time, state media reported on Monday, 21 January 2019.

Mansour Mohammadi, the prosecutor general of Dezful, in Khuzestan province, told the judiciary’s news website Mizan Online: “Bakhshi was arrested last night in cooperation with security and law enforcement forces”.

Bakhsi who is a labour leader at Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane complex workers in Shush, in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, southwest Iran, was arrested on 20 November, 2018, during demonstrations by workers demanding unpaid wages.


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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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