Press Statement: “Death in custody of Iranian filmmaker and poet constitutes extrajudicial killing” says CODIR

Saturday, 8 January 2022 CODIR has joined the Iranian Writers’ Association (IWA) and other progressive and labour movement organisations in Iran to condemn the theocratic regime’s direct role in the death of political prisoner, Bektash Abtin, the renowned filmmaker, writer, […]

Communiqué of the Iranian Writers’ Association:
The “freedom-killer” regime has murdered Bektash Abtin!

People of Iran! Freedom-lovers of Iran and the world! Bektash Abtin (1974-2022), poet, filmmaker, and distinguished member of the Iranian Writers’ Association, has been murdered by the “freedom-killer” regime. On 3 December, Bektash Abtin presented himself to Evin Prison’s medical […]

The Looming Threat of a Nuclear Crisis with Iran

The Biden Administration faces a potential confrontation with a longtime rival that is better armed and more hard-line than at any time in its modern history. By Robin Wright December 27, 2021 Shortly after his Inauguration, Joe Biden appointed Rob Malley […]

New Year greetings from the Central Executive Council of CODIR

International Appeal for Solidarity with the Striking Teachers in Iran

Iranian schoolteachers have continued with their widespread and unprecedented campaign of sit-ins, strikes, demonstrations in towns and cities throughout Iran, having begun with three days of national action on Friday 10 December through to Sunday 12 December (weekends fall on […]

 

Iranian miners fired after protest action

30 January, 2020 300 workers at the Chadormalu iron ore mine have been fired after protesting low wages and wage discrimination against contractors. The Chadormalu iron ore mine in the central Iranian province of Yazd employs about 5,000 workers, mostly […]

IndustriALL Global Union in solidarity with Chadormalu mineworkers in Iran

Dear sisters and brothers, I am writing this letter to you as the General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, which represents more than fifty million workers in mining, energy and manufacturing sectors in more than 140 countries, to express our […]

IndustriALL Global Union calls for respect of fundamental labour rights at Imam Khomeini Petrochemical Complex in Mahshahr

Dear Mr. President Hassan Rouhani, I am writing this letter to you as the General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, which represents more than fifty million workers in mining, energy and manufacturing sectors in more than 140 countries, including Iran, […]

Iran: Scores injured as security forces use unlawful force to crush protests

15 January 2020, 13:18 UTC Verified video footage, photographs and testimonies from victims and eyewitnesses on the ground obtained by Amnesty International confirm that Iranian security forces used unlawful force against peaceful protesters who gathered across Iran following the authorities’ […]

Iran warns Europe as diplomat says officials ‘lied’ on crash

By NASSER KARMI, JON GAMBRELL and EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press Provided by Associated Press In this photograph taken Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, protesters hold flowers as tear gas fired by police rises at a demonstration in front of Amir Kabir University […]

Yes, Iranians can protest against both US intervention and their government – Reza H Akbari

Anti-regime unrest doesn’t mean everyone has suddenly switched sides. US officials’ simplistic view of Iran is dangerous Some argue that today’s protests are the “real Iran” and represent the authentic face of the country.’ Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Anadolu Agency via Getty […]

Middle East – political uncertainty continues

12th January 2020 The assassination of the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, Qasem Soleimani, has sparked a further round of uncertainty in the Middle East and brought the danger of increased conflict closer.  Jane Green assesses the current […]

UNESCO Responds to Trump’s Threat To Destroy Iran Cultural Site

Published 7 January 2020 In October 2017, the U.S. announced its withdrawal from UNESCO, claiming it needed to be reformed and was dominated by an alleged anti-Israeli trend. UNESCO’s director-general Audrey Azoulay recalled U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday that […]

Ervand Abrahamian speech on the U.S. assassination of Iranian commander Major General Qassem Soleimani

Ervand Abrahamian is a historian of Middle Eastern and particularly Iranian history. Born in Tehran to Persian-Armenian parents and raised in England, he received his M.A. at Oxford University and his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He teaches at the City University of New York (CUNY) where he is Distinguished […]

CODIR greeting 2020