Thursday, October 18, 2007

Iranian union activist faces blindness because of government there

I got a message from Eric Lee of Labourstart.org today about the case of Mansour Osanloo, leader of Tehran's bus driver's union. It seems he risks losing his eyesite without medical help, which the government is denying him.

One of the things Greens must decide on is, do we consider the enemy of our enemy to be our friend, or do we stand consistently for principle. The Iranian government oppresses unions and women. They kill homosexuals, and jail those who don't tow the line. These folks are dispicable despots undeserving of our support. Click the "Read more!" link and find out how you can participate in Amnesty International's campaign to save Mansour Osanloo's sight.

Mansour Osanloo, the jailed leader of the bus workers' union in Tehran, faces the possible loss of his eyesight unless he receives urgent medical attention -- which the Iranian authorities are denying him.

Amnesty International has just now launched an online campaign calling on the Iranian government to allow Osanloo to receive medical attention. I urge all of you to sent off your messages today. The Iranian government must be made aware that the world is watching.

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), which has spearheaded the international campaign in defense of Osanloo, has now produced a short film entitled "Freedom Will Come" which tells his story. It can be viewed online on YouTube, and will shortly be available as a DVD as well.

If every reader of this message passes it on to a few friends and colleagues, we can flood the Iranian government with email messages -- but we must do this quickly, before Osanloo loses his vision.

Thanks -- I know that I can count on you.

Eric Lee

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