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ITF and ITUC protest harassment of labour activists in Iran

The general secretaries of the ITF and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) have jointly written to Ayatollah Khamenei to protest against the ongoing harassment of labour activists in Iran. The recent arrests and incarceration of Davood Razavi and Ebrahim Madadi, together with Mahmoud Salehi and Osman Ismaili of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers' Organizations, are just the latest in Iran's continuing victimisation of union activists. In their letter, Steve Cotton and Sharan Burrow said: "We find it inconceivable that these men are once again the target of persecution for the exercise of their legal and rightful trade union activities. In the case of Ebrahim Madadi this latest detention is yet another move in a long and inglorious campaign of persecution that looks increasingly like a determined and malicious attempt to make him suffer. ...more
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How a fatal car crash in Iran exposed growing anger towards super-rich
Ordinary Iranians feeling the pinch of sanctions lash out at occupants of luxury cars that have come to symbolise the opulence of Tehran's 'rich kids'.

The death of a glamorous 20-year-old woman in a high-speed car accident in a canary yellow Porsche in Tehran has stirred up anger about the growing wealth gap in Iran. An immediate media buzz led curious social media users to an Instagram page set up by friends of Parivash Akbarzadeh, and this soon became a clearing house for all manner of sentiments regarding Akbarzadeh's death. ...more
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URGENT ACTION: RELEASE JAILED IRANIAN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER
Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi was arrested on 5 May. She is on trial for charges stemming from her human rights activities. She is a prisoner of conscience. Human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, was arrested at her home on the morning of 5 May after security forces threatened to break down her front door if she did not open it. She was subsequently taken to Tehran's Evin Prison. Two days before her arrest, she appeared at the first session of her trial before Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran on national security-related charges, including "spreading propaganda against the system" and "assembly and collusion against national security." Before her arrest, Narges Mohammadi told Amnesty International that the charges against her stem solely from her peaceful human rights activism. She stated that this included giving media interviews; gathering outside prisons prior to executions to support the families of death row prisoners; her connections with other human rights activists, such as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi; and her March 2014 meeting with Catherine Ashton, the then EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Narges Mohammadi's lawyers were not allowed to see her casefile before the start of her trial. ...more
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The Call for Action on May Day 2015- In solidarity with the Iranian workers

On the eve of May Day 2015, we, the representatives of trade unions around the world, raise our voice again in solidarity with the struggle of Iranian workers and trade unionists for fundamental rights and better pay and working conditions. In pursuit of our call on 1 August 2013 on the eve of the inauguration of the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, we once again call on him to fulfil the promises he made during his 2013 election campaign to act on the legitimate demands of Iranian workers for a decent living wage and the right to form, join and belong to a trade union of their choice.

We remind the Iranian president that two years after his election on a platform of undertakings to respond to the demands of Iranian people, unemployment is still high and increasing, inflation is sky high, prices of basic and essential goods are out of the reach of workers, wages are not paid on time and destitution has reached catastrophic levels. Conventions on health and safety are openly flouted.

Since last July, large groups of workers - including miners, auto workers, teachers, nurses and others, in all provinces - have taken to the streets and demonstrated outside the Iranian Parliament to demand their legitimate rights. These rights are set out in international conventions such as ILO Conventions 87 and 98. It is only by the President and his government responding to these legitimate demands that working people in Iran and their trade union brothers and sisters across the world can be confident that they can rely on his words. ...more
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Press Release: Solidarity group launches May Day call for trade union rights

The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People's Rights (CODIR) has today launched a May Day appeal calling for the release of trade unionists jailed in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The appeal takes the form of a statement addressed to Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, who was elected in 2013, on a platform of promises of moderation and transparency in Iran. The CODIR statement is also linked to the demands for economic reform in Iran, calling upon President Rouhani, "...to fulfil the promises he made during his 2013 election campaign to act on the legitimate demands of Iranian workers for a decent living wage and the right to form, join and belong to a trade union of their choice." ...more
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IndustriALL Global Union demands President Rouhani of Iran: Hands off May Day

Dear Mr. President Hassan Rouhani, I am writing to you on behalf of IndustriALL Global Union, which represents more than 50 million workers in mining, energy and manufacturing industries in some 143 countries, to strongly urge the Iranian Government to stop the current inhumane and illegal activities of the Iranian authorities aimed at blocking Iranian workers from marking May Day. Our Iranian trade union partners report that your government is cracking down against workers organizing May Day celebrations. The government treats all worker disputes and protests as security issues and not labour issues. This creates a justified climate of fear when workers demand unpaid wages, improved working conditions or recognition of their right to organize. ...more
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IndustriALL tells Iranian government: Hands off May Day

The Iranian government is cracking down against workers organizing May Day celebrations. IndustriALL Global Union supports the brave Iranian unions operating in face of intimidation and arrests to mark the international workers' day.

Jamshid Ahmadi, in the European office of the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI), says: "Thank you IndustriALL for standing with the crucial struggle of the trade unions in Iran for workers rights and for improvement of Iranian workers' pay and conditions of service and of course trade union rights." ...more
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Iran: Proposed laws reduce women to 'baby making machines' in misguided attempts to boost population

Women in Iran could face significant restrictions on their use of contraceptives and be further excluded from the labour market unless they have had a child, if two proposed laws are approved, says a new report by Amnesty International published today.

You Shall Procreate: Attacks on women's sexual and reproductive rights in Iran details the extreme lengths the Iranian authorities are going to in order to encourage repeated childbearing in a misguided attempt to boost the country's declining population figures.

"The proposed laws will entrench discriminatory practices and set the rights of women and girls in Iran back by decades. The authorities are promoting a dangerous culture in which women are stripped of key rights and viewed as baby-making machines rather than human beings with fundamental rights to make choices about their own bodies and lives," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International. ...more
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CODIR Bulletin - March 2015 - on the occasion of the International Women's Day
CODIR Bulletin - March 2015 is published.


Contents:

Page 1 Join the Campaign for Women's right in Iran!

Page 1 Defend the right of teachers in Iran

Page 2 Women's struggle in Iran continues

Page 3 Misogynist Charte

Page 4 Forcing women out of social life by acidic attacks

Page 4 Women fight against gender discrimination

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How Iran's feminist genie escaped

Iran's 1979 revolution may have put an ayatollah in charge - but for women it had plenty of positive side-effects... in education, in the workplace, and even in the home, discovers Amy Guttman during a ride on the Tehran underground. My guide Farah, a tall, slender woman in her late 30s, wears jeans and a simple manteau - the mandatory robe women must wear in public, covering neck to knee. Her long, straight black hair is tucked beneath her headscarf, but visible as it coils at her neck. We're heading to Tajrish Bazaar, in north Tehran, to explore 10 different kinds of dried plums, and other goodies. We choose the metro - Farah for its convenience, and I, for a chance to go underground in Tehran, because it provides a picture of the city most tourists never see. ...more
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Press Release: Teachers in Iran take to the streets again

The Committee for the Iranian People's Rights (CODIR) has today reported that further action has been taken by teachers in Iran, following an unprecedented strike by thousands of teachers for two consecutive days in January.

On both occasions, action has been organised to protest against hardship, job insecurity and the economic policies of the Iranian regime.

In what has been hailed as the biggest workers protest in recent years in Iran, more than 100,000 teachers held coordinated rallies in Tehran and other provincial capitals on Sunday, demanding better pay and conditions.

Teachers across the country stayed away from classrooms. Their representatives held protest rallies outside the Majlis, the Iranian parliament, and provincial offices of the Ministry of Education. ...more
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Iranian Teachers Lead Mass Anti-Privatisation Protests
OVER 100,000 teachers held co-ordinated rallies in Tehran and other provincial capitals across Iran on Sunday in the country's biggest workers' protest in recent years. To support their demand for better pay and conditions, teachers stayed away from the classrooms - Sunday is a normal schoolday in Iran - and instead their representatives held protest rallies outside the Majlis, the Iranian parliament, and provincial offices of the Ministry of Education. Teachers gathered from the early hours in response to the call by the National Teachers Association of Iran to show their opposition to privatisation of the education system and government inaction in honouring previous agreements covering salaries and job security for teachers. ...more
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Iran: Serious health fears for artist on prison hunger strike

Iranian prisoner of conscience and artist, Atena Farghadani, could be on death's door after being hospitalized following a hunger strike lasting three weeks. Amnesty International is urging the Iranian authorities to release her immediately and unconditionally. According to her lawyer, the 28-year-old painter and activist was relocated from Gharchak Prison to a hospital on 26 February, after suffering a heart attack and briefly lost consciousness last week. She stopped taking any food, sugar or salt on 9 February in protest at her continued detention and ill-treatment at Gharchak Prison in Varamin, 50 km south of Tehran, where she was being held with individuals convicted of serious crimes. In hospital she has refused an intravenous drip. ...more
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Press Release: Iranian human rights campaign supports nurses action
The Committee for the Iranian People's Rights (CODIR) has today called for support for nurses in Iran, who this weekend staged their third nationwide protest in as many months, to highlight their low pay and poor terms and conditions. While pay in other areas of the health service, in particular that of doctors has grown, nurses have found their pay rates pegged back, with the government failing to take any action to address the level of pay differential in the health service.

The poor pay in the sector is resulting in a downward spiral as nurses take the opportunity to emigrate, in order to gain better pay and recognition, while colleagues are then forced to work many hours of overtime due to the shortage of nurses in the country. The flow of immigrant nurses to Canada in particular has increased with close to 50% of nurses migrating from Iran going to Canada.

According to international standards there should be a minimum of two nurses per hospital bed each day, while in Iran it is half of this number.

The protest, outside of the Parliament in Tehran, follows similar protests in October and December of last year. Over 2,000 nurses' representatives are estimated to have attended from cities across Iran and organisers claimed that many were prevented from attending due to work commitments and shift patterns. The nurses are demanding the implementation of the 'Nursing Tariff Act' that had been ratified in 2007 which limits the amount of overtime nurses can work, among other benefits. ...more
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Letter from UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis to President Rouhani concerning the case of Mr Saman Nasseem

I am writing on behalf of UNISON, the largest public service workers union in the UK representing 1.3 million members, to call on you to intervene to stop the imminent execution of Mr Saman Naseem. UNISON understands that Saman Naseem suffered brutal and inhumane treatment after his arrest at the age of 17 and during his interrogation and his subsequent imprisonment and we were horrified to receive the news of his imminent execution. ...more
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The Message of Amnesty International's Secretary General for Ayatollah Khamenei: "Saman Naseem's life is in your hands"

Please find below the link to a video message that Amnesty International's Secretary General Salil Shetty sent today to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Salil Sherry urgently appeals to Iran's Supreme Leader to save the life of Saman Naseem, a young man who is scheduled to be executed tomorrow, Thursday 19 February, in Iran. He urges the Supreme Leader to show compassion, and to show the world that he does not sanction injustice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CbDjBob8-c&feature=youtu.be


It will also be tweeted from: @AmnestyIran


 
 
 
 
 
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