Iran: Prison and flogging sentences for seven journalists and activists ‘disgraceful injustice’

Responding to reports of a Revolutionary Court’s decision on 7 September to hand four journalists and three labour rights activists between six and 18 years in prison and, in one case, 74 lashes on bogus national security charges, Amnesty International’s […]

Iran: Shocking death of football fan who set herself on fire exposes impact of contempt for women’s rights

Responding to reports that a young woman who set herself on fire after being summoned to court to face charges after trying to enter a football stadium in Tehran has died from her injuries in hospital, Amnesty International’s Middle East […]

US Sanctions Are Designed to Kill

BY KEVIN CASHMAN CAVAN KHARRAZIAN US sanctions are killing ordinary Iranians by the thousands. Through its control over the world banking system, America’s sanctioning power flouts international human rights law and poses a threat to the world. Iranian foreign minister […]

CODIR says: Opposing the US war is a priority

Within the ruling elite of the Islamic Republic of Iran there are many competing factions and views on how to tackle the economic, social, cultural and political crisis in all levels of society.  The elites hold on power is fragile […]

Waiting for the Truth The Life and death of a left-wing newspaper editor in Iran

Thirty-one years after the massacre in Tehran’s Evin Prison, two sisters continue to want to know what really happened to their father in 1988. Today, 30 August, is marked globally as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.  […]

 

Iran: Prisoner of conscience flogged 100 times for ‘drinking alcohol and insulting Islam’

1 August 2019, 12:26 UTC Updated: 1 August 2019, 14:44 UTC The flogging of Kurdish singer and prisoner of conscience Peyman Mirzazadeh 100 times demonstrates the shocking brutality of Iran’s justice system, said Amnesty International. Peyman Mirzazadeh had been sentenced […]

Iran expert: Military confrontation is “inevitable”

U.S.-Iran relations expert Ervand Abrahamian says a war between the two countries is inevitable under the Trump administration. “The long-term agenda in the White House… [is] basically the destruction of the Islamic Republic, maybe even the destruction of the state, […]

By punishing Iran, Trump risks a full-scale war between our two countries – Mohammad Khatami

The US president should resist the pressure from his advisers and de-escalate the explosive tensions in the Persian Gulf The British-flagged tanker, Stena Impero, seized in the strait of Hormuz: ‘By exiting the JCPOA, the Trump administration has moved against […]

Iran: Cruel campaign to extract propaganda ‘confessions’ from protesters against compulsory veiling

15 July 2019, 09:15 UTC Iran’s authorities are using incommunicado detention, prolonged solitary confinement and threats against family members in order to extract forced video “confessions” from women’s rights defenders detained for campaigning against the country’s discriminatory forced veiling (hijab) laws, […]

Iran: the drive to war intensifies As US rhetoric pressing for a new Middle East war with Iran intensifies, JANE GREEN assesses the issues

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump continues to ramp up rhetoric against Iran as the threat of a further Middle East war becomes greater. Trump claims that he called off air strikes against Iran recently at the last minute, after being told […]

The Hybrid War Against Iran

In 1953, the U.S.—with the UK—overthrew the democratically elected government of Mohammed Mossadeq and over the course of the next two decades provided full support to the unpopular government of the shah of Iran. , Shutterstock U.S. President Donald Trump […]

Those beating the drums for war in Iran must be resisted

There must be every effort to create a movement which clearly says no to war in Iran, says LINDSEY GERMAN ANTI-WAR campaigners are gearing up to oppose new conflicts this summer. The situation in the Gulf is extremely dangerous and […]

A US war with Iran looms. Don’t for one second think that it is justified

Trump’s allies will try to paint Iran as a threat, as they did with Iraq. We must not fall into step with their prefab bloodlust  ‘It is clear where we’re heading …’ US Navy patrol boats carry journalists to see […]

UNISON General Secretary questions wisdom of Jeremy Hunt’s support for Trump’s drive to war with Iran!

UNISON National Delegate Conference 2019, Liverpool UNISON’s general secretary, Dave Prentis, spoke yesterday at UNISON’s International Rally ahead of the union’s National Delegate Conference in Liverpool in response to a question from Jamshid Ahmadi, Assistant General secretary of CODIR. Mr […]

British and US push to blame Iran is ‘most dangerous threat of war yet,’ say peace campaigners

Journalist John Pilger warns ‘nothing’ Trump administration says can be trusted BRITISH and US claims that Iran is behind two oil tanker explosions are “the most dangerous threat of war” yet, peace campaigners warned today. US Secretary of State Mike […]