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Threats against family of detained Iranian labour activist stepped up

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Islamic Republic security forces tried to arrest Zoya Samadi, Mansour Osanloo's daughter-in-law, at her home on Wednesday.

Herana reports that they failed to arrest her only because she was not at home. They claimed that they had come to deliver an arrest warrant but once the family reported to the Revolutionary Court, the authorities claimed they were not informed of such a warrant.

Mansour Osanlou

The Herana report adds that the security forces used various intimidation tactics and also scared all the neighbourhood.

Mansour Osanloo, head of Vahed Public Transportation Union, was arrested for a second time three years ago for his labour activities by the Islamic Republic authorities and has been in prison since.

His daughter-in-law, Zoya Samadi, was snatched by a group of security officers last summer and subjected to abuse and beatings during which according to the Osanloo family, she had a miscarriage.

Osanloo's wife, Parvaneh Osanloo told the International Campaign for Human Rights at the time: "We are calling for help. We are asking for help from anyone who can do something. We are innocent. Osanloo is in prison and now they are torturing his family in this way. If Osanloo is a union member and involved in whatever activity; what does it have to do with us?"

Osanloo was sentenced to five years in prison for "activities against national security and propaganda against the regime."

He is currently in Rejaishahr Prison in Karaj and suffers from serious ailments for which the doctors have on many occasions announced him unfit to serve out his sentence.

On May 22, the International Labour Organization announced that head of Iran's judiciary has agreed to grant Osanloo a pardon but so far he still remains in prison while pressures on his family have grown.

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