Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

June 25, 2009 12:21 ET

Media Advisory-Day of Action for Iran: Demonstration at Iranian Embassy in Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 25, 2009) - Canadian unionists and human rights activists will protest outside the Iranian Embassy in Ottawa on June 26th as part of the Global Day of Action called to support the rights of workers and against the persecution of labour activists. Members of CUPE, CUPW, CTF, NUPGE, PSAC and CAW will be there as well as Amnesty International and Paul Dewar, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic. Activists from the Iranian-Canadian community including the non-partisan Solidarity Campaign with the Workers' Struggles in Iran will gather to demand the respect for human rights and workers' rights in Iran.

Speakers include:

Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada

Denis Lemelin, National President, Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Paul Dewar, MP Ottawa Centre, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic

Rhonda Spence, International Officer, Canadian Union of Public Employees

Demonstrators will call on the Iranian government to:

- Free all arrested workers, students and political prisoners

- Obtain justice for people who have been killed or injured by security forces during recent protests in Iran

- Gain the right to organize independent organizations and for the right to free speech, protest and freedom of assembly

- Free bus workers' union leaders, Mansour Osanloo and Ebrahim Madadi, and Farzad Kamangar, a teacher on death row

- Drop all charges and prison sentences against labour, social and political activists in Iran, including May Day detainees and those arrested during recent protests.

Where: The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran - 245 Metcalfe St., Ottawa

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Date: Friday June 26, 2009.