While browsing the web, searching information on Sakineh Muhammadi Ashtiani, I was surprised to find this appeal of Iranian political prisoners, intended to Lula, the Brazilian president. I had a disturbed half hour: This cry plunged me in agonies of my own past (and that of Lula also!): I told myself that this cry could be mine in the worst hours of Brazilian dictatorship. Therefore, without knowing its authors, I decided to translate it from English to French and, naturally, into Portuguese, so its content will maybe reaches to the president of Brazil. The reader will find the original
Below signatories, Unionist and members of labor syndicates of Iran, who are in prison because of their mobilization and activities in defense of labor rights and demands for better working conditions, send to the Brazilian nation and your kind self their deepest regards.
We are aware and proud of your past activities and struggle for the improvement of light for the Brazilian masses, especially advancement of labor rights and conditions. Your activities as the leader of the shoe maker syndicate [sic!] in coordination with other Brazilian workers federation in support Universal Human Rights Declaration and international workers rights are widely acknowledge within the Iranian workers syndicates and the oppressed labor movement in Iran.
We have recently learned that your Excellency has taken moral and human steps to save an Iranian mother on the death raw. This gesture has touched millions of Iranian men and women. And once again has made the Iran unionist very proud of you.
As a friend of the Iranian nation and the government of Iran, you are able and capable to assert pressure on the Iranian officials to either forgive the Iranian death row mother or to accept your offer of political asylum to her.
On the other hand, many more Iranian prisoners who are innocent labor activist, Union and syndicate members are serving time in Iranian prisons. Their only crime is their desire to strengthen the union movement in Iran in support of justice for labor.
They as well look upon you to use your influence to free them from prison. These prisoners are members of the international labor organization and others international organization such as WCUT and IVTF, Human right activities and journalists, members of the International Journalists federation and Reporters without frontiers, international education and Teachers federation, and members of international transportation federation.
The signatories of the open letter who are spending unjust prison terms look upon your solidarity and sincere efforts toward their request.
Last but not least, we request from you kindly give your heart warm regards to the hard working people of Brazil. And we hope the solidarity of our two nations serve the interests of global peace and prosperity for all.
Long live global peace, freedom, justice and democracy.
A list of the prisoners supporting this letter is included
M Osanloo, member of IFT
H Tabarzad, member of IDF
K Bodaghi, member of IEO
R Rafie, member IJF
E SharKhiz, member of IJF