Further Information on UA 26/06 (MDE 13/008/2006, 02 February 2006) and follow-up (MDE 13/025/2006, 16 March 2006) -
Fear of torture or ill-treatment/incommunicado detention/possible prisoners of conscience
IRAN : Ebrahim Madadi (m), Deputy Head of the Union of Workers of the United Bus Company of Tehran
Mansour Heyat Gheibi (m), member of the union’s Executive Committee
Yaghub Salimi (m), member of the union’s Executive Committee
Ebrahim Norouzi Gohari (m), member of the union’s Executive Committee
Gholamreza Mirza’i union Public Relations Officer
Afshin Biharami (m), member of the Metalworkers’ Union
Sattar Amini (m), autoworker
20 March 2006
The remaining trade unionists named above have been released on bail. It is not clear if they have yet been charged with any offence.
Ebrahim Madadi and Yaghub Salimi were released on 18 March. Mansour Heyat Gheibi. Ebrahim Norouzi and Gholamreza Mirza’i were released the following day, as was Sattar Amini. Afshin Biharami was released on 20 March.
The head of the bus workers’ union, Mansour Ossanlu, whose arrest prompted the strike by the union’s members, is still in custody. (See UA 08/06, MDE 13/002/2006, 09 January 2006.)
Amnesty International will continue to monitor the situation, and take further campaigning action as necessary. No further action is requested from the UA network at present. Many thanks to all who sent appeals.