Iranian teachers call for nationwide hunger strike

24 Apr 2010

Coordinating Council of Iranian Teacher Trade Associations has issued a statement announcing that a group of its members will go on a hunger strike to protest against “illegal execution and imprisonment sentences” handed to a number of teachers. The statement says that the executive members of the Teachers Association and a number of associated labour activists will start a hunger strike on May 2 and called on all Iranian teachers to join them on National Teacher’s Day, May 2.
The Council of Iranian Teacher Trade Associations calls for the “immediate and unconditional release” of all teachers from prison and a withdrawal of all legal and official action against “critical educators.” The signatories ask better provisions for public schools through oil and gas revenues. They also request avoidance of all partiality and political manoeuvring in developing school curricula. They demand an end to the “security atmosphere” in the Ministry of Education and job security for teachers. The teachers also call for an end to “promoting spies” in classrooms and schools as well as stopping all forms of persecution of “critical” educators.
The statement contends that teachers who join a demonstration or a gathering or represent their ideas in the areas of education or the difficulties of their profession are “persecuted beyond the law and their voice does not reach anywhere.” The letter refers to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s statement describing Iran as the “freest country in the world” and questions the issuance of heavy sentences such as “execution, imprisonment, exile, forced retirement, demotion and suspension” for “caring and honest teachers of the country.”
The announcement names imprisoned teachers such as Badaghi, Khastar, Davari and Momeni among the many teachers who have been sentenced to long term imprisonments which has also led to the “loss of livelihood for their families.” They also speak out against the execution sentences handed to two other teachers, Kamangar and Ghanbari, claiming such rulings are “not befitting of the Islamic Republic.”

source: Radio Zamaneh

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