This is the letter I sent today to the President of Iran regarding the arrest of hundreds of workers striking the state-owned bus company:
Dear Mr. President,
It has come to our attention that potentially hundreds of workers of the state-owned Vahed bus company have been arrested following strikes in demand of wages and better living conditions. According to the information received, the workers and the workers and their families have been threatened, beaten and intimidated.
We want to remind you that the right to unionize is a human right guaranteed by article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention and the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining Convention.
We respectfully request that you free all the workers and their family members that have been arrested and in particular the leader of the Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, Mr. Mansour Osanlu
Margarita Lacabe
Executive Director
Derechos Human Rights