Alert: Iranian teacher unionist could be executed today

Eduction International (EI) global unionI received deeply disturbing news from Iran overnight.

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International has been informed that Farzad Kamangar, the Iranian Kurdish

teacher and social worker sentenced to death on "absolutely zero evidence"

according to his lawyer, could be hanged on Wednesday 26 November 2008. 

According to several

reliable sources, he has been taken from his cell 121 in ward 209 of Tehran's

Evin prison in preparation for execution. Jail security officers are said to

have told him he is about to be executed and they make a fun of him, calling him

a martyr.

The Revolutionary

Court issued the death sentence against Kamangar on 25 February 2008. His lawyer

has said: "Nothing in Kamangar's judicial files and records demonstrates any

links to the charges brought against him." Kamangar was cleared of all charges

during the investigation process. The last time Kamangar was seen, he was at the

health clinic of Evin prison and his physical condition was poor. Witnesses

testify that he has been beaten again.  Kamangar has not been allowed to see his

lawyer or family members for the past two months.

EI launched a

campaign appealing the Iranian authorities

to commute Kamangar's death sentence and ensure his case is reviewed fairly.

Over 1,700 online messages have been sent to President Mahmoud

Ahmadinejad in support of Kamangar.

Now, EI is once

again appealing to Iranian judicial authorities to halt the execution. EI is

also asking members of the international community urgently to intervene.