Iran’s Official Figures Indicate Alarming Unemployment Rate Later This Year

The official unemployment rate has reached 27 percent among young Iranians and over 40 percent among university graduates, says Omid Ali Parsai, chairman of the Iranian Statistical Center. Parsai added that some 550 thousand jobs have been created in Iran […]

Iran’s Judiciary Pushed To Act On Labor Activist’s Torture Case

A day after the Iranian Parliament announced it would investigate claims of torture by a labor activist following strikes at the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane industrial complex, judiciary head Sadeq Amoli Larijani said he has called for an independent body […]

Iran MP In Unprecedented Speech Calls For Major Change In Foreign Policy

A member of Iran’s parliament says the country’s foreign policy has “a lot of unneeded costs” and these can “leave us paralyzed on the streets of Tehran”. Jalil Rahimi Jahanabadi on Sunday in an unprecedented speech before the start of […]

For peace, progress, and prosperity in 2019!

Wishing you success in the struggle for peace, human, and democratic rights, and social justice across the globe in the coming year!

Britain’s leading trade union calls for the release of imprisoned trade unionists in Iran!

Unite the union statement condemning the arrests of striking Iranian steelworkers and the Iranian government oppression of trade unions. UNITE stands in full solidarity with the Iranian steelworkers of INSIG Ahvaz and the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Complex in their recent […]

 

RELEASE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS NOW! CODIR Calls for the Immediate Release of Reza Shahabi!

Reza Shahabi, a well respected member of the Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (SWTSBC) executive committee, has been re-arrested by the security forces in Iran.  Reza Shahabi was originally arrested in June 2010 and sentenced to […]

Iran: Mass hunger strike by political prisoners in protest at inhumane conditions

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 22 August 2017 More than a dozen political prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, have gone on hunger strike in protest at the cruel, inhuman and degrading conditions they have been forced to endure at a maximum-security […]

RELEASE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS NOW! CODIR Calls for the Immediate Release of Reza Shahabi!

The Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Vahed Company Syndicate) – SWTSBC – has released statements dated 8th, 9th and 12th August reporting the continued harrassment of Reza Shahabi, a well respected member of their union’s executive […]

‘We hate the headscarf’: can women find freedom in Tehran’s female-only parks?

Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public “I love to take off my headscarf,” says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from […]

A dialogue about Islamophobia

The representative of CODIR-Canada was invited to attend a “dialogue” on June 15, 2017 for a consultation to identify the causes and effects of anti-Muslim bias and Islamophobia, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This event was organized by the Committee of […]

Iran Is Next On Trump’s Regime-Change Agenda

Recent soundbites from Washington give cause for concern about the prospects for peaceful resolution of conflicts in the Middle East, says JANE GREEN On May 21 Donald Trump, during his first international trip as President, delivered from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, […]

Maryam Mirzakhani: Iranian newspapers break hijab taboo in tributes

The Guardian, 16 July 2017 Tehran front pages run photographs of mathematician without head covering, showing her prominence overrode rules Iran’s state-run newspapers on Sunday broke with the country’s strict rules on female dress to show the mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani […]

Haft Tapeh sugar workers in Iran are fighting for their wages, pensions and rights!

Workers at the giant Haft Tapeh sugar cane plantation and mill complex in the southern city of Shush have always had to fight for their wages and their rights. In 2008, workers formed an independent union – affiliated to the […]

REVEAL WHEREABOUTS OF FOUR KURDISH MEN

AI-Index: MDE 13/6734/2017 Four men from Iran’s Kurdish minority have been subjected to enforced disappearance since their arrests on 23 and 24 June. The authorities have refused to provide any information to their families about their fate or whereabouts. The men, […]

IMPRISONED IRANIAN ACTIVIST MUST BE RELEASED

URGENT ACTION IMPRISONED IRANIAN ACTIVIST MUST BE RELEASED Iranian human rights defender Omid Alishenas has been detained in Tehran’s Evin prison in poor conditions for more than six months. He is serving a seven-year prison sentence for his peaceful human […]