Mansour Osanloo is a leading trade union activist in Iran, where he has been imprisoned several times from 2005 to 2008. Osanloo was then held in Evin Prison, serving a five-year prison sentence, and freed in June 2013 . He is a founding member of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, an independent union that has been campaigning vigorously for workers’ rights.
Osanloo is President of the Executive Committee of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (SWTSCB), the transport workers' trade union in Tehran in Iran.
In December 2005 bus drivers in Tehran were refusing to take passengers' fares, as a protest called by both Osanloo and the SWTBC. This led to the arrest of several union activists on December 22, including Osanloo.
Tehran bus workers were due to strike on 28 January 2006 calling for his release and other demands. However early in the morning of that day hundreds of union activists were arrested.
According to eyewitness accounts, Osanloo was arrested for a second time on November 19, 2006 under very suspicious circumstances, along with Ebrahim Madadi, the vice-president of Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company. Osanloo and Madadi were beaten by a group of armed militia and were taken away after shots were fired into the air. This seems to be another case where special police and state-sponsored undercover security named Ansar-e Hezbollah are used in arresting and silencing social and political activists.
In November 2006 he was released on bail of £164,000. He was sentenced to a five-year prison term in March 2007. However, he was allowed to travel to London, England for the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) conference and to Brussels, Belgium for a meeting with the International Trade Union Confederation(ITUC) in June 2007.
He was arrested again in July 2007. According to 2007 reports by the ITF, Osanloo was in imminent risk of losing his eyesight due to injuries sustained from government security forces in May 2005 and exacerbated by a lack of proper medical care by the Iranian authorities while in custody.
In August 2010, he was sentenced to another one year in prison after conviction of a new charge of "spreading propaganda against the system." On 2 June 2011, Ossanlu’s wife stated that he had been granted a four-day medical leave for medical treatment.
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- RIGHTS CRISIS ESCALATES, September 2008
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- Imprisoned for Defending the Rights of Workers
- Mansour Ossanlu’s Temporary Freedom in Iran, June 6, 2011
- ITF campaign page
- Freedom will come - The Mansour Osanloo story
- Mansour Osanloo - A quand la liberté
- Mansour Osanloo - La Libertad Llegará
- 自由のために - マンスール・オサンルーの闘い
- Freedom will come - The Mansour Osanloo story (Arabic)
- Freedom will come - The Mansour Osanloo story (Persian)
- Labournet on the case
- Appeal for financial support
- Indymedia on his case
- Letter about 28 January arrests
- latest on dispute
- letter calling for his release after second arrest
- model letter calling for his release
- more from Labournet, with photo
- latest report on his detention
- Interview with Mansour Osanlou - YouTube video part 1
- Interview with Mansour Osanlou - YouTube video part 2
- Interview with Mansour Osanlou - YouTube video part 3