Category: Features

Iran Events of 2015 Produced by Human Rights Watch

Repressive elements within the security and intelligence forces, as well as the judiciary, retained wide powers and continued to be the main perpetrators of rights abuses. Executions, especially for drug-related offenses, increased sharply from previous years. Security and intelligence forces […]

Iranian elections – the illusion of democracy

With Iranian Parliamentary elections scheduled for 26th February attention will once again focus upon the Islamic Republic for any signs of change following the recent rapprochement with the West.  Jane Green reports. Iran’s return to the international fold has been […]

Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi sentenced to 6 years in jail, 223 lashes

Conviction follows similar punishments for other artists and filmmakers in Iran An award-winning Iranian filmmaker whose work focuses on the travails of modern life and political expression in the Islamic Republic has been sentenced to six years in prison and […]

SIX YEARS IN JAIL FOR IRANIAN FILMMAKER

UA: 19/16 Index: MDE 13/3300/2016 Iran        Date: 22 January 2016 URGENT ACTION SIX YEARS IN JAIL FOR IRANIAN FILMMAKER Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi has been sentenced to six years in prison and 223 lashes, on charges that […]

No room for human rights complacency as sanctions are lifted

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 17th January 2016 The Committee for the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has today warned against complacency in pressing the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran on its human rights record, now that international […]

Like a barrel of gunpowder

With the lifting of Western sanctions against Iran imminent, Jane Green, National Organiser for the Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) considers the implications of recent developments in the Middle East for the Iranian people. 17th […]

Waiting to die: the Iranian child inmates facing execution – in pictures

In Iran, girls are held criminally accountable by law from the age of nine, and can be sentenced to death by hanging for crimes such as murder, drug trafficking and armed robbery. Sadegh Souri has photographed girls in the harsh […]

Solidarity group calls for the release of teachers’ trade union leader

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9th December 2015 The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has today launched a Christmas Day appeal calling for the release of leading teachers’ trade unionist, Mahmoud Beheshti Langroodi. The […]

The Islamic Republic has now gained sufficient breathing space to continue its rule by suppressing internal opposition, writes JANE GREEN

8th November 2015 The inclusion of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the current negotiations in Vienna, regarding the conflict in Syria, marks a significant shift in the way in which the West sees the role of Iran in the […]

FACING EXECUTION AFTER HASTY, UNFAIR TRIAL

Shahram Ahmadi, aged 28, learned in October 2015 that his death sentence had been upheld by the Supreme Court. The judge overseeing the implementation of sentences in Raja’ Shahr Prison in Karaj, where he is held, has apparently told him […]