فرزانه زیلابی مدافع زن حقوق بشر به یک سال زندان و دوسال ممنوعیت خروج از کشور محکوم شد
در روز ۲۲ شهریور ۱۴۰۰، مدافع زن حقوق بشر و وکیل مدافع توسط شعبه دوم دادگاه انقلاب اهواز به اتهام «فعالیت تبلیغی علیه نظام» به یک سال زندان و دو سال ممنوعیت خروج از کشور محکوم شد. وکیل مدافع خانم زیلابی و خود ایشان اعلام کردند قصد دارند به این حکم اعتراض کنند.
فرزانه زیلابی یک وکیل حقوق بشری است که به دفاع از سندیکای کارگران شرکت هفتتپه پرداخته در شهر شوش استان خوزستان پرداخته است. سندیکای کارگران کشت و صنعت نیشکر هفتتپه یک سازمان کارگری ایرانی است که در سال ۱۳۵۳ تأسیس شد. سندیکا چندین سلسله اعتصاب در اعتراض به عدم پرداخت دستمزد کارگران و فساد مالکان پیشین این مجموعه ترتیب داده است که آخرین آنها در مرداد سال ۱۴۰۰ بوده است. او همچنین دفاع از بسیاری از مدافعان حقوق کارگری را بر عهده داشته است و در مورد گزارش شکنجه توسط موکلین کارگری خود اطلاعرسانی کرده است.
On 13 September 2021 woman human rights defender and lawyer Farzaneh Zilabi was sentenced by Branch 2 of the Ahvaz Revolutionary Court to one year in prison and a two-year travel ban on the charge of “propaganda activities against the state.” The woman human rights defender’s lawyer stated that they will appeal this sentence.
Farzaneh Zilabi is a human rights lawyer who has represented the Syndicate of Workers of Haft Tappeh Cane Sugar Company (SWHTCSC) in Shush, Khuzestan south Iran. The SWHTCSC is a trade union established in 1974 for the workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro-industrial Complex. The syndicate has organised a number of strikes, most recently in August 2021 against the continuous unpaid wages of employees and the corruption of the former owners. She has also represented many individual labour rights defenders and has been outspoken about torture reported by her clients.
On 13 September 2021, Farzaneh Zilabi’s lawyer announced that the woman human rights defender had been sentenced by Branch 2 of the Ahvaz Revolutionary Court to one year in prison and a two-year travel ban on the charge of “propaganda activities against the state.” It was later announced by the court that Farzaneh Zilabi had been acquitted of the charge “gathering and collusion to act against national security” and the court’s preliminary order for a six month ban from practicing law. On 16 May 2021, Farzaneh Zilabi, was summoned by Ahvaz Central and the Revolutionary courts on charges of “propaganda activities against the state” and “gathering and collusion to act against national security” and received a preliminary order for a six month ban from practicing law.
The judicial harassment and prosecution of the woman human rights defender occurs in a context of pressure and trumped-up charges against the Haft Tappeh workers. On 8 May 2021, the Supreme Audit Court of Iran ruled to deprivatize the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company. The decision came after six years of legal struggles. According to the verdict of this supervisory body, the company has been nationalised and its ownership returned to public assets, which is considered as an achievement for this trade union and the defence team. Based on a statement published on 13 May 2021 by SWHTCSC, this achievement was only possible with the perseverance of the defence team, including Farzaneh Zilabi, and the long anti-corruption campaign, periodic strikes, and constant peaceful demonstrations organised by the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Syndicate.
Front Line Defenders is seriously concerned about the sentencing of woman human rights defender Farzaneh Zilabi as it believes this is in reprisal for her peaceful and legitimate efforts as a human rights lawyer representing labour rights defenders and promoting human rights in Iran.