On Tuesday, April 4th, 2018, Esmail Abdi, a detained teacher and board member of Teachers’ Union, who is serving his imprisonment time in Evin Prison unit 4, started a hunger strike, in protest to massive violations of Iranian citizens, teachers, and workers’ rights.
According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, Esmail Abdi, board member of Teachers’ Union, who is serving his imprisonment time in Evin Prison unit 4, started a hunger strike on Tuesday, April 4th, 2018, in protest to massive violations of Iranian citizens, teachers, and workers’ rights. He called for a public trial and the improvement of prisoner legal rights. He had planned to start his hunger strike on April 17th, 2018, but with a promise made by the prosecutor’s office to respond to his demands, he delayed his planned hunger strike. Today, with Tehran’s prosecutor broken promise, he began the hunger strike.
Esmail Abdi recently won the 2018 The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) Award.
The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT), in explaining the award to Abdi, a board member of Tehran branch of the Iran Teachers’ Trade Association, wrote: “This award was given to Mr. Abdi for his commitment for the struggle for teachers’ rights and quality education for all in Iran. “
Esmail Abdi was arrested on Thursday June 25th, 2015, after the Iranian education group protested education system disarray. Abdi was illegally arrested when he intended to go to Canada to attend the World Teachers Summit as a representative of the Iran Council for the Coordination of Teachers’ Trade Unions throughout the country. In January of the same year (2015) in a primitive court under the chairmanship of Judge Salavati, he was sentenced to six years in prison, and the verdict was confirmed by Branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeals.