Iran: Ramping up the pressure to stop the execution of Abdolreza Ghanbari

Abdolreza Ghanbari

Abdolreza Ghanbari - could be executed any day now

It’s been nearly three weeks since we launched the campaign to save the life of jailed Iranian teacher trade unionist Abdolreza Ghanbari.

It’s vital that we not let this campaign slip off our radar even as we work on new ones – because this one is literally a matter of life or death.

A number of us have been taking additional steps to ramp up the pressure and grow the campaign in recent days.

Let us know what you’ve done in the comments to this blog post.

Here’s what I did today:

  • Noting that we did mailings to 13 different language lists (sometimes more than once), I saw that the Turkish campaign was live, but no mailing done – so I wrote to four of contacts in Turkey in the hope of getting this out to our list of 800 addresses there.
  • I followed up with the German teachers union which has promoted the campaign, but not in the way I had hoped.
  • I wrote to the American Federation of Teachers – whose international affairs director spoke at the 2010 LabourStart conference in Washington.
  • I followed up with a number of our contacts among the Iranian emigre community, as well as inside Iran, to build support for the Farsi language version of the campaign.
  • I wrote to all those 526 LabourStart correspondents who didn’t open my last message, from 9 days ago, about the campaign.
  • I located Amnesty International’s most recent statement about the case, made it a top LabourStart news story, and promoted it via UnionBook, Facebook, and Twitter as well.
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  • derek

    I’ve set Hootsuite to tweet and FB campaign appeals in French and English, plus I have a couple of hours free this am and so am posting appeals on all the Amnesty pages and groups I can find on Facebook.

    Also did al the Iran pages and groups I could find, including the ‘official’ (i.e. the regime’s) pages and groups. 🙂

    On the assumption we’ll continue to use the main lists for appeals on this I haven’t done another mailing using my list as there’s considerably overlap between the two.

    Comment | March 27, 2012
  • Sent emails to Human Rights League and Amnesty France asking them to promote the campaign.

    Comment | March 27, 2012
  • When I promote a campaign on FB, I always get the LS red square and “Please promote this…”
    With most other articles I promote, I get a choice of images and a text “teaser”.
    What are we not doing to make our stuff more attractive?

    Comment | March 27, 2012
  • derek

    My 20 minutes on FB posting appeals on Amnesty pages appears to have been wasted. All the Amnesty national and local chapter pages I posted the appeal on seem either to have declined to allow the posting or have removed it.

    Comment | March 28, 2012
  • English and French tweets to both our Canadian feeds are going about once per hour 24/7.

    Comment | March 29, 2012
  • admin

    Andy and others – I think on Facebook you can delete the red square and change the text both of the headline and the teaser. If I’m wrong, please let me know this, but that’s my impression.

    Comment | March 30, 2012

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