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Sunderland Echo - - Opinion -

Be­ing a maths teacher can be a tough job at the best of times, but Iranian Es­mail Abdi has it tougher than most.

He’s the leader of the Tehran branch of the Iran Teach­ers’ Trade As­so­ci­a­tion, and in Fe­bru­ary 2016 he was con­victed of na­tional se­cu­rity of­fences af­ter or­gan­is­ing peace­ful protests.

He was landed with a six-year jail sen­tence for his pains, but was re­leased on tem­po­rary leave in June this year af­ter go­ing on hunger strike.

He could be re­called to prison at any time.

Es­mail Abdi fea­tures in this year’s Amnesty In­ter­na­tional Write for Rights cam­paign, in which the pub­lic is in­vited to send let­ters and cards in sol­i­dar­ity with peo­ple un­der fire for de­fend­ing hu­man rights.

De­tails can be found on Amnesty In­ter­na­tional’s web­site, and leaflets will be avail­able at the an­nual Hu­man Rights Day event at Sun­der­land Min­ster at 2.30pm on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 10. Steve New­man, Sec­re­tary, Wear­side Amnesty In­ter­na­tional Group

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