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Iran: Freedom for teacher union leader Esmail Abdi

In partnership with the Education International, a global union federation of 396 associations and unions in 171 countries and territories, representing some 32.5 million educators and support professionals.

Teacher union leader from Tehran, Mr Esmail Abdi has been sentenced to six-year jail on bogus charges, including one for “assembling and colluding against national security”. These charges are unjust and contravene various human right conventions, including those protecting freedom of expression and association, as well as the right of unions to be consulted on education policies. The authorities are attempting to silence teachers’ grievances through repression and the extended incarceration of unionists and activists.

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