Tuesday, September 04, 2007
wife of Mansour Osanloo writes to Louis Arbour09/03/2007- Tehran
From: Parvaneh Osanloo
To: Louis Arbour; United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Dear Ms Louis Arbour,
I am writing to inform you about my husband, Mansour Osanloo, President of the Syndicate of Workers of the Tehran and Suburban (Vahed) Bus Company who was abducted on July 10, 2007 by several unknown assailants as he was severely beaten. They continued to beat him as they were taking him away by a car. Authorities were denying his abduction until July 12, 2007 when I got the information that my husband was being held in Evin Prison in Tehran. Given the history of continues harassment against Mr. Osanloo, all the international unions, human rights activists, lawyers and people in Iran believe that his trade union activities are the reason behind his arrest, which is unacceptable in terms of international law. Any attacks to Mansour are considered as attacks to all the workers in Iran and violation of human and workers rights.
As you completely aware by virtue of its membership of the International Labour Organisation, the Islamic Republic of Iran is bound to respect its core principles including the principle of freedom of association.
I ask you to apply all your power to free Mansour and urge our Government to secure his immediate and unconditional release.