Reza Shahabi, a worker and board member of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran Vahed Bus
Company, is imprisoned in Evin prison since 12th of June 2010 due to defending his and other
workers’ rights and demands.
Reza has severe kidney and liver problems and is suffering extreme spinal column problems and
there is numbness on the left side of his body. According to the physicians he might become
paralyzed. He has been transferred to hospital several times for emergency reasons.
During the last 19 months, Reza’s family members and children have been in the worst mental,
physical and economic conditions. We contacted and also wrote over and over again to judicial and
various authorities without any result; Reza is still in prison, his situation uncertain and his life at
In protest against his condition, Reza has gone on a hunger strike since November 22nd, 2011. We
made all our efforts for his release during the last 19 months, but this imprisoned worker is still
incarcerated and in critical condition.
Reza believes that workers should only rely on workers’ solidarity and support, and he has
consistently endeavored in this manner.
We, the family members and relatives of Reza Shahabi, support Reza and his principles, and hence
we reach our hands to workers and labour organizations and ask everyone to make efforts for an
unconditional and immediate release of Reza Shahabi.
Hereby, we announce the formation of the "Committee in Defense of Reza Shahabi" and ask anyone
who is interested to join the committee or to support its objectives to contact the email below: