CODIR: End violence against women in Iran!

UN DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN In October 2021, António Guterres, the UN Secretary General, addressed the Security Council’s annual debate on women, peace, and security.  Mr. Guterres spoke of the rising rates of violence and misogyny experienced […]

Iran death penalty threat for abortion unlawful: UN rights experts

16 November 2021 Human Rights – UN News A new Iranian law that raises the prospect of the death penalty for abortion has been condemned by independent human rights experts, who have declared that is in “clear contravention of international […]

Iran: Execution of juvenile offender ‘deeply alarming and shocking’

24 November 2021 Human Rights – UN News Arman Abdolali, 25, is the second juvenile offender to be executed in the country this year.    OHCHR expressed serious concern that his case follows the pattern of child offenders being convicted after […]

The storm of protest by Iranian automobile workers has no end in sight!

An unprecedented wave of protest by workers at the Iran Khodro automobile company has engulfed the largest manufacturer in this sector in Iran since the dispute broke out in late-October, with industrial unrest spreading across the company’s three major sites […]

CODIR supports a prompt return to a fair and negotiated resolution of the stand-off regarding Iran’s nuclear issue

China: “Upholding and implementing the JCPOA is the only effective way to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue.” In a press conference on Friday 19 November, Zhao Lijian, official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of […]

 

Iranian court sentences workers to flogging, forced labour and prison

The Arak criminal court has sentenced 42 workers from Azarab Industries to one year in prison, 74 lashes, and one month of forced labour. The workers are being punished for protesting the non-payment of wages after the privatization of Azarab […]

Protesting injustice is a natural reaction! Halt all executions in Iran!

“We were tired of injustice in the country, and we went to the street to protest.” CODIR reject the death sentences handed down to three young protesters in Iran and calls for an immediate halt to their execution… Human rights […]

Freelance journalist who reported on strikers goes to prison for 5 years!

A freelance reporter has been given a five-year sentence for covering on a peaceful rally by striking sugar mill workers demanding their unpaid wages. Sepideh Qoliyan had to report to prison earlier this week to begin serving her time after […]

Iran: Authorities must tell family of forcibly disappeared prisoner the truth about ‘secret execution’

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 11 June 2020 The Iranian authorities must urgently clarify the fate and whereabouts of Hedayat Abdollahpour, a Kurdish prisoner, after local authorities told his family that he had recently been secretly executed, Amnesty International said today. […]

Iran’s women struggle for basic rights

2nd June 2020 The so-called honour killing of fourteen year old Romina Ashrafi last week, beheaded by her own father, has sent shock waves throughout Iran and across the world.  Even in a society as conservative as the Islamic Republic […]

14-year-old girl is beheaded in horrific “honour killing” incident!

A wave of revulsion has spread across Iran in the wake of the horrific murder of a 14-year-old girl at the hands of her father in a so-called “honour killing” in the north-western city of Talesh last week. Romina Ashrafi […]

Iran: Details released of 304 deaths during protests six months after security forces’ killing spree

20 May 2020, 07:07 UTC Amnesty International has released details of the deaths of 304 men, women and children killed by Iran’s security forces during last November’s ruthless crackdown, six months after the protests. The organization found that more than 220 of […]

Nurses denounce government betrayal

Employers have rewarded the sacrifice of Iranian nurses with sackings, unpaid salaries for shifts already worked, and revolving 89-day contracts – one day short of any job-security and rights. On Saturday 9th May, protests by nurses in Gilan province, in […]

Solidarity organisation calls for justice for imprisoned teachers

7th May 2020  Press release  For immediate use The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has appealed to trade unions in the UK to support the rights of teachers in Iran who have come under further […]

Iran: Leading teacher unionist arrested again

Education International and UK’s NASUWT, the Teachers’ Union have condemned the re-arrest of Tehran education union leader Esmail Abdi. Released on furlough on 17 March 2020, Mr Abdi had to report to prison on 21 April and was kept in […]