IRAN WATCH CANADA

Monday, April 16, 2007

Letter of support by the American Teachers Federation to Iranian Teachers Union
AFT protest letter: http://www.aft.org/topics/international/downloads/Iran_3_13_07.pdf

E-Mail address for the worldwide umbrella group of teacher unions, Education International ("E.I."): www.ei-ie.org

Iran Arrests Striking Teachers
The government of Iran has stepped up its campaign against teachers seeking better salaries and working conditions. Several demonstrations have been organized by teachers in recent months, bringing tens of thousands to protest in the street in front of the national parliament and ministry of education. Peaceful protestors have been met by police violence and as many as a thousand arrests. Speaking out in favor of teachers’ rights in Iran, the AFT has sent a letter of protest to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Click here to see the letter.

The American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, represents more than 1.3 million teachers, paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel, higher education faculty, nurses, healthcare workers, and federal, state and local government employees. Our programs in international affairs include curriculum development, teacher training, cross-cultural exchange, democratic skills training, and support for trade unions and human rights worldwide.
We have conducted projects in many countries, including emerging democracies in Africa, Central America, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the states of the former Soviet Union. We draw upon a large skills-based network from among our international partners, union members, elected leadership, volunteers, and professional staff.

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