irblog.jpg  Farzad Kamangar The Turkish education union Egitim Sen has sent a letter to the Iranian authorities to protest against the death sentence on Iranian teacher Farzad Kamangar To make your protest or that of your union known please go to the Education International website where an online petition has been launched. www.ei-ie.org Here is Egitim Sen's letter in full:  Subject: Unfair Execution of Farzad Kamangar His Excellency, I write this letter to protest the unfair trial of Farzad Kamangar, a 33-year old teacher and former trade unionist from Kurdistan province of Iran. On 25 February 2008, the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Farzad Kamangar to death on charges of "endangering national security" and "enmity against God" (moharebe). The death penalty was confirmed by the Supreme Court on 11 July.I would like to inform you that Egitim Sen (Turkish Education and Science Workers’ Union) is the only teachers’ union in Turkey which is affiliated to Education International, compromising more than 30 millions teachers all over the world. We were informed by Education International that although there is no evidence to justify the judgment made by the court that Mr. Kamangar has “endangered national security”, the judgment is still in effect and Iranian trade union colleagues and human rights activists who show solidarity with Farzad are being subjected to pervasive intimidation by the Iranian authorities. The arrest, detention and condemnation of trade unionists because of their human and trade union activities are not only serious violations of trade union rights, but also create an atmosphere of fear prejudicial to trade union development in Iran.In addition to opposing the death sentence, we condemn the torture of Mr. Kamangar while the detention and subsequent denial of medical treatment.Because of this unfair judicial decision-making process,, we ask your government to review the case of Farzad Kamangar and to give further clarification about the charges against him and other teacher trade unionists currently detained. We also ask you to commute Farzad’s death sentence, desist from the use of torture, to allow Farzad Kamangar to have unimpeded contact with his family and his lawyer, to stop the harassment against the relatives of Farzad Kamangar and members of the Committee to Stop Farzad Kamangar’s Death Sentence and to be open for a peaceful dialogue regarding the professional concerns of teachers in Iran.Regards Mehmet BozgeyikSecretary GeneralEgitim Sen