Trade Unionist Executed in Iran

An Iranian trade unionist, Farzad Kamangar, was secretly hanged in Iran on May 9, 2010. Kamangar, a 35-year-old teacher, was a member of the Teachers’ Union of Kurdistan.

According to the International Metalworkers’ Federation, the threat of execution was pending since February 2008 when the union activist was accused of “endangering national security” and “enmity against God.”

Despite an appeal to the Supreme Court, Kamangar’s case has never been reviewed, and his lawyer was told that the documents from his case file were lost. None of that, however, stopped the Iranian authorities from executing the trade unionist without even informing his family in advance.

The IAM joins with labor allies and human rights activists around the world in condemning this horrific act, and stands with our Iranian brother and sister trade unionists in solidarity.