Mansour Osanloo, the president of the Tehran bus workers' union who was released in August 2006 after 8 months in detention, was re-arrested on 19th November by Iranian security officials.Osanloo was with two colleagues on his way to the Ministry of Labour in Tehran when he was approached by plain clothes security agents, who told him he was under arrest. When Osanloo asked for a warrant he was beaten, threated with a gun and forced into a car.The ITF, the ITUC and others in the international trade union movement have written protesting against this latest arrest

For those who are interested ITF suggests that the following letter be sent out in support of Mr. Osanlou. http://www.itfglobal.org/solidarity/Osanloo.cfm

I personally do not agree with sending any appeals to IRI officials becasue that serves to legitimze them. I would recommand writing to human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and asking them to support Mr. Osanlou.


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