The life of teacher union activist, Ismail Abdi, is in dangerPublished by International Liberty Association on May 28, 2017
Ismail Abdi, former secretary general of Iran’s Teachers Guild, is on hunger strike and his health is deteriorating rapidly, warned the Iran Teachers Organization in a statement issued on 24 May.
Mr Abdi, a mathematics teacher from Islamshahr in Tehran Province, was last arrested on 9 November 2016 after an appeal court confirmed an ealier prison sentence.
Amnesty International had reported in April 2016 that : “Ismail Abdi was arrested on 27 June 2015 and transferred to solitary confinement in Section 2A of Tehran’s Evin Prison, run by the Revolutionary Guards, and interrogated for at least 17 days without access to his family or lawyer. He may face a total of 16 years’ imprisonment if his new sentence is upheld. This is due to a previous suspended 10-year sentence that he received following a 2011 conviction on trumped up national security charges, related to his peaceful trade union activities.”
These charges against Ismail Abdi are all due to his peaceful activities; including cooperation with Education International, the largest World Federation of Teachers’ Unions, and organising peaceful protests. He has been on hunger strike since 30 April 2017.
According to the statement by Iran Teachers Organization his health is deteriorating rapidly and the officials must not neglect this matter.
Mr Abdi is suffering from low blood pressure and weight loss due to his hunger strike and yet no judiciary official has shown any reaction to his hunger strike.