Targeted for union activism
Abdi’s initial arrest happened in connection with his union activities for teachers’ rights and to prevent his participation in the 2015 EI World Congress in Ottawa, Canada. Abdi was targeted for his union activism and campaign for free and accessible public education for all. He was convicted of national security offences in February 2016, after organising peaceful protests. During his incarceration in Evin Prison, reports indicated that Abdi had been kept in harsh detention conditions and denied communication with his family and lawyer.
Global campaigns in solidarity with Abdi
Education International reiterates a global solidarity call in support of Abdi and other detained Iranian unionists. All EI affiliates and their individual members are strongly invited to sign the new appeal launched on LabourStart calling for Abdi’s unconditional release.
Education International also reminds affiliates to support Amnesty International’s “Write for Rights” appeal for Abdi by clicking here. It demands that the government lifts all sanctions against education unionists for their legitimate trade union activities, and respects fundamental human and trade unions rights for all workers and public servants.