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Iran: Jailed trade unionist needs urgent medical treatment

10 September 2009

For more than two years I have been telling you about Mansour Ossanlu, a leader of the bus workers' union in Tehran, who continues to sit in an Iranian prison. 

His only crime was to engage in the same kind of non-violent, legitimate trade union activity that you and I do every day.

Since his arrest 26 months ago Ossanlu's health has deteriorated. 

This is not just what we say.  It's what the prison doctors say, which is why they have recommended he be given medical treatment outside of jail.

But the case judge says that he cannot be treated outside the prison.

Ossanlu's health continues to deteriorate and today Amnesty International is launching a large-scale global campaign to call for his fair treatment and release.

I urge everyone reading this message to do two things right now:

1. Go to and send off your message.

2. Pass this email on to at least 10 friends and co-workers.

Thank you.

Eric Lee (LabourStart)


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