Urgent action - free Behnam Ebrahimzadeh - Iran

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh is jailed labour and children’s rights activist and a member of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations in Iran.

He was coming towards the end of one prison sentence, but is now facing a new term of imprisonment.

Benham is in an Iranian prison having already served four and a half years of a five year sentence. Last year he went on hunger strike to demand a transfer back to a medical wing of Evin prison in north Tehran and to receive medical treatment for his longstanding health problems.

The Ministry of Intelligence has opened a new case against him. On 29 December 2014, last year, Behnam was tried on new charges of communicating, from prison, with Ahmad Shahid (the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran) and with a political organisation. Behnam was sentenced to a further nine and a half years imprisonment – this needs to be vigorously protested.

During this time his home was searched in order for the  the Ministry of Intelligence to open a new case against him. Subsequently on 29 December, last year, Behnam was tried in branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, presided over by Judge Salavati, on new charges of communicating, from prison, with Ahmad Shahid (the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran) and with a political organisation. Behnam was sentenced to a further nine and a half years imprisonment – this needs to be vigorously protested.

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