Teacher’s Union Leader on trial for peacefully advocating teachers’ rights in Iran

Teacher’s Union Leader on trial for peacefully advocating teachers’ rights in Iran

Published by on July 23, 2018

Mohammad Habibi, a member of the board of directors of the Teacher’s Trade Union and Teachers’ rights activist went trial at the Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, for the charges of “assembly and collusion against national security,” “propaganda against the state” and “disturbing public order,” the charges which have been brought by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, on 23rd July.

Mohammad Habibi was attacked by the security forces and was arrested during a teacher’s gathering in Tehran, on 3 May, 2018. Mohammad Habibi has been held at the Great Tehran Penitentiary since then and refused to be released on bail by judiciary officials. He was being denied his monthly state salary while under temporary detention and despite not being convicted of any crime.

Mohammad Habibi has been a well-respected teacher for the past eighteen years, working officially for the Ministry of Education. Reportedly, he had already been threatened by intelligence agents for his trade union related activities and organizing gatherings.


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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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