Osanloo Released From Prison

Bus union leader free at last

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is delighted to announce that imprisoned trade unionist Mansour Osanloo was today freed from jail in Iran almost four years since his arrest and imprisonment, which set off a storm of international protest.

His release is conditional on his ‘good behaviour’ and the payment of a bond.

The ITF has led demands for Mansour Osanloo’s release. ITF general secretary David Cockroft commented: “This is a great day for Mansour and his family – and for his fellow Vahed union members and those of us in the international trade union movement who are honoured to call him a friend. It’s doubly welcome given the deterioration in his health during his time behind bars.

“He is free because trade unionists worldwide demanded justice.”

He continued: “That bail has been set falls short of the full pardon we all wanted, and which the Iranian government promised, but for now we can just take a moment to savour his richly deserved return to his family.”


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آزادی منصور اسالو از زندان با قرار کفالت

Hooshang Tarreh-Gol

آزادی منصور اسانلو را  به خانواده محترم او، سندیکای کارگران شرکت واحد
تهران، طبقه کارگر ایران و مدافعین آن در جنبش کارگری جهان صمیمانه تبریک
می گوییم. آزادی اسالو موفقیتی بزرگ برای مبارزات کارگران در ایران و
کارزارهای همبستگی جهانی کارگری در سالهای اخیر محسوب می گردد.

در عین حال قرار کفالت و تحمیل شروط کاملا غیر انسانی همچون "رفتار خوب"
که عملا یک تهدید دائمی محسوب میگردد و به آزادی ایشان خصلت موقت و مشروط
میبخشد را به شدت محکوم می کنیم. ما خواهان رفع هرگونه محدودیت و لغو قرار
کفالت نسبت به منصور اسالو و آزادی بدون قید و شرط ایشان هستیم. در همان
حال، ما خواهان آزادی فوری و بدون هر قید و شرط تمامی فعالین کارگری زندانی
از جمله دو عضو دیگر هیئت مدیره سندیکای کارگران شرکت واحد تهران، آقایان
ابراهیم مددی، نایب رئیس، و رضا شهابی، خزانه دار سندیکا،هستیم . مبارزه و
کارزارهای بین المللی تا آزادی کلیه کارگران و فعالین کارگری زندانی، توقف
هرگونه سرکوب و اذیت و آزار فعالین کارگری و دیگر جنبشهای اجتماعی و تحقق
حقوق و آزادیهای کارگری و انسانی در ایران با قدرت ادامه خواهد داشت. 





Out of the fire, but back in the frying pan

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Great to hear he's out of jail,

though sad to hear he's free in Iran.

After the crimes committed by this so called islamic regime to innocent people, womens rights activists, people attending their parents funeral etc etc, I can't see how a leader can stay out of trouble for long.

Hopefully he can support himself to get out of the country and be an activist from outside, since he is a target living in Iran now.

Masoud Kazemzadeh

Great News

by Masoud Kazemzadeh on

Wonderful news.  This due in large measures to pressure from labor unions and human rights organizations around the world.

Bahram G

A true man of principles

by Bahram G on

He is wronged greatly by the thugs in power. Yet, he is a hero to all of us who yearn for freedom and justice.

Bahram G


I too am delighted

by ComraidsConcubine on

 THANK YOU to all involved. Best news in ages.  

Wishing the bestest of wishes 



راننده اتوبوس ما، رهبر سرسخت ما

Hooshang Tarreh-Gol

راننده اتوبوس ما، رهبر سرسخت ما

خواستم مثل اون شعار " کارگر نفت ما، رهبر سر سخت ما" بشه ، ولی اون وزن و
قافیه را نداره. شما عزیزان نیز اگر شعاری در این مضمون به نظرتان میرسد ،
دریغ نفرماید.

Anahid Hojjati

Great news

by Anahid Hojjati on

He had been in prison for so long and as a symbol of working class opposition to this regime, news about his condition have been prominent, so it is great to hear that finally he has been freed. Now he needs to go on a tour of the world to talk about his experience,



by Shemirani on

One great news in the middle of all this horrible news Very happy for him ! Long live to Mr Osanloo !

Mash Ghasem

Thanks for the great news,

by Mash Ghasem on

Made my day man, still have to double and triple check, but, lets enjoy the moment while it lasts. He should have been freed with no bail and unconditionally, kachi baaze hichy! cheers

Mehrdad as usual is 100% correct, what we need is an immediate and unconditional freedom of all political prisoners in Iran, now.  Mansour was freed in large parts due to the organization and solidarity of Bus Drivers in Tehran, their supportes in Iran and abroad.  How these workers, the Bus Drivers, have been able to utilize these two elements of organization and solidairty, should be an obvious, shining example for all to see.


Good News.

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

He is  truely a man of prinicpals, a good patriotic Iranian. His health condition after spending so many years in Islamist regime's torture chambers had been alarming. I hope he gets better soon. We need people like him.

The very fact that he is still alive, let alone out of islamist regime's torture chambers (for now at least) is to a great degree thanks to the international support he had been receiving  from workers' unions worldwise. A clear case for International solidarity of working classes and what it can achieve.....

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


Lets hope this is not short lived

by Bavafa on

Meanwhile, all other political prisoners must be freed without delay and unconditionally. These are the bravest of our bunch and we need to honor and support them accordingly



Sane world medical care

by Fred on

ITF should bring him and his family to the sane world to take care of his eye as well as other health problems he has long been suffering from in the Islamist Rapists' dungeons. 

Jahanshah Javid

koja miri?!

by Jahanshah Javid on

can't believe he's free. he'll be back in prison soon. people who stand for their ideas and principles simply can't be loose in the islamic republic.