Reza Shahabi

Jailed Iranian labour activist Reza Shahabi has ended his hunger strike after 23 days, after he was given a five-day furlough by Evin Prison authorities.

The Committee in Defence of Reza Shahabi reports that the executive member of the Tehran transit drivers union was released late on the night of Monday January 7.

Reza Shahabi has been under arrest since June 2009 and was sentenced to six years in jail for his labour activities.

He began a hunger strike 23 days ago to protest his mistreatment in prison and the lack of proper medical attention for his conditions.

He is suffering from neck and spine complications that may lead to paralysis.

Many international labour organizations spoke out in support of Shahabi, urging the Iranian government to release him.