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Iranian Bakers' Leader Salehi Released from Prison

Posted to the IUF website 07-Apr-2008

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Mahmoud Salehi, leader of the unofficial bakery workers' union in the city of Saquez, was released from prison on April 6. Salehi's one year sentence for his trade union work - one of a series which have seen him repeatedly arrested, imprisoned, released and re-imprisoned over 4 years - was completed in March but the authorities refused to release him despite the grave condition of his health.

His release follows bakery and other workers' demonstrations outside his prison and global union action on March 6 as part of the worldwide campaign in solidarity with Salehi, Tehran transport workers' leader Mansour Osanloo and other jailed Iranian union activists.

The campaign for the release of Osanloo and other imprisoned activists continues - for the latest news/actions click on "Solidarity with Workers in Iran" on the IUF home page.