Boycott Nokia Siemens for helping Iranian regime
Boycott Nokia Siemens Networks for helping the Iranian regime
I am protesting against the role of Nokia Siemens Networks in helping the Iranian regime carry out intrusive monitoring of email and other private communications of hundreds of thousands of Iranians. Such intercepts have been a vital step in the arrest, imprisonment, torture and rape of thousands of peaceful demonstrators since June 12.
The role of Nokia Siemens Networks is now clear to millions of people in Iran. A group of workers have called it "a partner in the coup plotters' massacre of the Iranian people" and have urged everyone to "paralyse ... [it] by lodging complaints, court proceedings and a global consumer boycott of [Nokia and Siemens] products ..."
I believe that Nokia Siemens Networks was fully aware of the intended use of its technology by the repressive regime in Tehran. I therefore call on Nokia Siemens Networks to terminate its advanced digital 'monitoring centre' contract with the Iranian regime immediately, disable its monitoring centre, and provide detailed and extensive information on how Iranians can circumvent the monitoring system. Until then, I will boycott Nokia and Siemens products and urge everyone to do the same.
About Iranian Workers' Solidarity Network
In late 2000 one of the exiled leaders of the Independent Workers' Association of Iran (IWAI) approached a number of opposition activists about setting up a campaign in defence of the new wave of activities and struggles taking place in the Iranian labour movement.
This approach was based on the support that these activists had mobilised in defence of the Independent Trade Union of Iranian Workers (ITUIW) - IWAI's predecessor - when it was set up on May Day 1997.
Iranian Workers' Solidarity Network (IWSN) formally began its activities on 15 May 2001. It has been involved in supporting various independent labour committees in Iran, including Committee for the Pursuit of the Creation of Free Labour Organisations, Co-ordination Committee for the Creation of Labour Organisations, Workers' Cultural and Support Organisation, the Union of Labour Committees and the Co-operation Council of Labour Organisations and Activists.
We have been active in defending the workers' right to strike, the right to form independent trade unions and labour organisations and the right to elect their genuine representatives.
IWSN's campaigns have included defending the 'Saghez seven,' the Iran Khodro auto workers, the Vahed bus drivers and their leader Mansour Osanloo.
Iranian Workers' Solidarity Network