According to a statement released by the family, Reza Shahabi, a political prisoner and a labor movement leader suffered a stroke in the prison three days ago and is in critical condition.
Reza Shahabi is one of the founders of Tehran’s mass transit company’s labor syndicate. He also served as a Board member of the Syndicate. Mr. Shahabi was arrested on June 2, 2010 and was charged with instigating negative propaganda against the Islamic regime of Iran. Subsequently he was sentenced to six-year imprisonment. Mr. Shahabi and twenty other political prisoners in Gohardasht prison located in the city of Karaj, had gone on hunger strike as a protest for the extension of their prison terms earlier in August.
Mr. Shahbi’s wife, Robabeh Rezaei, who met her husband in the prison, said that her husband has lost movement on his face due to the stroke. Mrs. Rezaii and a number of other labor movement political prisoners’ relatives stated that they would stage a protest rally in front of the Co-op Ministry. Reports indicate that Mrs. Rezaii and fifty others were arrested by the Iranian regime’s security forces subsequently.
Coalition for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran pleas with the labor and human rights organizations to protest against the Iranian regime and demand Mr. Shahabi’s immediate release. We also encourage the Iranian-Americans to contact the international human rights organizations and urge them to register their protest with the Iranian regime for the mistreatment of the political prisoners, Mr. Shahabi, and his wife Mrs. Rezaei.
Coalition for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran
December 26, 2017