Teachers Arrested for Peaceful Assembly and Association
(New York, April 14, 2007) – The Iranian authorities should immediately lift the ban on the Hamedan Teachers Association and release teachers detained as a result of their work with the association, Human Rights Watch said today.


The government’s banning of the Hamedan Teachers Association and the arrest of its members demonstrate Iran’s flagrant disregard for its own laws and its obligations under international human rights law.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch

The Hamedan Teachers Association is one of 34 local professional organizations that work under the umbrella of the National Council of Teachers Association. During the last two months, Teachers Associations nationwide have been active in organizing peaceful demonstrations to rally the government for better wages and benefits. As a result of these activities, Iranian authorities have banned the Hamedan Teachers Association, cracked down on these gatherings, and have arrested teachers in several cities.

“The government’s banning of the Hamedan Teachers Association and the arrest of its members demonstrate Iran’s flagrant disregard for its own laws and its obligations under international human rights law,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

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