Iranian labour protest leader, Esmail Bakhshi was arrested for the second time, state media reported Monday.
Bakhshi “was arrested last night in cooperation with security and law enforcement forces,” Mansour Mohammadi, the prosecutor general of Dezful, in Khuzestan province, told the judiciary’s news website Mizan Online.
Bakhsi who is a labour leader at Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane complex workers in Shush, in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, southwest Iran, was arrested on November 20, 2018, during demonstrations by workers demanding unpaid wages.
Iranian security authorities arrested two other Christian converts, Farzad Behzadizadeh and Abdolah Yosefi Sheikh Robat in Ahvaz on 2 December, 2018, the same day as two Christian sisters Shima and Shokoufeh Zanganeh were arrested.
A court in Ahvaz, Iran granted the two Christian converts conditional release on a heavy bail of 1 Billion Tomans (Approximately $100,000 USD). Despite the financial hardships the majority of Iranians face these days under international sanctions the family of these Christian converts provided the bail, but every time they go to the court to submit the bail to release their loved ones, court officials tell them “the judge is not in today”!
Human rights organisation Amnesty International has published a report entitled “Blood-soaked secrets: Why Iran’s 1988 prison massacres are ongoing crimes against humanity”. The report highlights that the Iranian dictatorship, by denying the families of the victims the right to bury their loved ones is prolonging the abuse. Furthermore, those that are looking for justice are being harassed and intimidated and many have been arrested and detained by Iranian authorities.
To make matters worse, various sites where many victims were buried have been destroyed by Iranian authorities that are trying to get rid of evidence of their crime.
Labour activists in Iran say that Esmaeel Bakhshi, workers’ representative at Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Mill, is reportedly under torture in custody and was transferred to a hospital in recent days.
Esmaeel Bakhshi suffers from internal bleeding as a result of the torture and sustained injuries to his head and face.
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.
Iranian women are being subjected to serious and sometimes fatal domestic violence at alarming rates without any effective means of protection and the regime takes no effective action despite its obligations under international law to do so.
The security forces violently tried to repress protests at the Haft Tappeh sugarcane company in southwest Iran arresting several protesting workers, Labor rights groups in Iran have reported.
The Workers Syndicate reported that two representatives of the Haft Tappeh sugarcane company, Esmail Bakhshi and Mosslim Armand had been arrested and taken to the security office of Shush along with a female reporter, on Sunday 17 November.
Before being detained, Esmail Bakhshi delivered a speech.