[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]
[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]
[Personal information has been redacted.]
In the Name of God
Date: 12 Tir 1395 [2 July 2016]
Dear Commander of Qaemshahr Police Force,
With greetings and good wishes for success in fulfilling your services, we would like to inform you that, since 3 Khordad 1395 [23 May 2016], fifteen commercial trade unit belonging to Farzad Sabeti, Soheil Haghdoust, Bahaoddin Samimi, Nima Miri, Shahin Akbari, Changiz Derakhshanian, Alaeddin Mirzaie, Rezvaneh Samiei, Kourosh Ahmadzadegan, Zahra Golabian, Adel Ataeian, Fariborz Sanaie, Jalal Ataeian, Bijan Nowkhah and Sohrab Laghaie, who are Iranian citizens living in Qaemshahr, were sealed by the Public Places Supervision Office of Qaemshahr city.
We are considered Iranian citizens according to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Paragraph B of Article 28 of the Trade Unions Regulations, which states, “Any commercial unit can close its business premises for up to fifteen days without informing the authorities”. However, our business premises have been sealed and closed illegally again.
It must be mentioned that on 23 Aban 1394 [14 November 2015] and again on 1 Ordibehesht 1395 [20 April 2016] our business premises were sealed supposedly for one day. After fifteen days, and by following up with the legal authorities, our shops were finally reopened by order of the Public Prosecutor of Qaemshahr. However, for the last closure, the Public Prosecutor said that he had not issued the order for the sealing of [our business premises] and that the action was taken by the Public Places Supervision Office.
Since we have not violated any Trade Union law, the Public Places Supervision Office has acted against the Trade Union’s Regulations and the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran. According to Article 14, and the Holy verse [of Quran], “Allah does not forbid you from dealing kindly and fairly with those who have neither fought nor driven you out of your homes. Surely Allah loves those who are fair.”, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Muslims is obliged to deal with non-Muslims with good intent, fairness and justice and to observe their human rights, including the right of every person to engage in commerce and business and to treat everyone equally in accordance with national law. Instead, it has taken action to seal our shop.
We, therefore, are requesting that you resolve this problem and instruct that our business premises be unsealed. Besides, these shops are the only means of livelihood and sustenance for us and our families. We are hoping to be able to contribute to the building of Iran and to protecting its honour.
We appreciate in advance, your consideration and attention.
Respectfully, [signature of individuals]
[Handwritten note at the bottom of the page]
In the Name of God
Public Places Supervision Office, according to the regulations
[Signature] 12 Tir [2 July] [signature over the official stamp]