A #MeToo Awakening Stirs in Iran

The #MeToo movement has hit a nerve among Iran’s women. Now accusations against a politically connected celebrity artist are testing the movement in a sexually conservative society dominated by men. By Farnaz Fassihi Oct. 22, 2020 Three years into the global […]

UN human rights chief ‘appalled’ at Iran execution, questions trial process and verdict

Iran’s decision to hang media activist Ruhollah Zam on Saturday was an appalling violation of human rights that followed a deeply flawed trial process, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a statement on Monday.   “I am appalled at the execution […]

17 Days and Counting to Trump’s Departure, Yet Signs of a Planned US-Led Attack against Iran Mount

The United States flew strategic bombers over the Persian Gulf on Wednesday, December 30, for the third time since the second half of November. According to Haaretz, senior officers in the Israel military have met in recent days with their counterparts at […]

In Brazen Threat to Iran, US Sends Heavy Bombers to M.E. via Israel

Last Friday, November 20, Channel 13 reported that Israel and the US were planning to increase pressure on Iran with “covert operations” and economic sanctions during Trump’s final weeks in office. The next day, the United States rapidly deployed several heavy bombers […]

As Trump’s Ruses Fail, US Deploys Additional Bombers to Persian Gulf

“Lame duck” US President Donald Trump’s legal challenges to the validity of the November presidential election have chalked up more than fifty defeats in the courts in the past weeks, the most recent one (“the big one,” in Trump’s own […]

 

Human rights in Iran must be a priority for all – a briefing

LIBERATION BRIEFING Human rights in Iran must be a priority for all – a briefing Liberation and CODIR believe human rights in Iran must be a priority for all, as peace, stability and social justice in Iran will provide the […]

Human rights in Iran must be a British priority

Government policy on Iran will feature in a Westminster Hall debate led by John Howell MP on Wednesday. JANE GREEN considers where the emphasis should lie THE policy of the British government towards Iran was summed up by Middle East […]

Solidarity organisation warns of dangers following assassination in Iran

28th November 2020 Press release For immediate use The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has condemned the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi, head of the Ministry of Defence’s Research and Innovation Organisation (referred to under […]

Iranian Women’s Struggle against anti-women state policies and systemic violence

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is held on 25th of November commemorates three Mirabal sisters, who were tortured and killed in 1960, by the Dominican dictator, Rafael Trujillo. We approach this date while COVID-19 […]

What are the prospects for change in Iran?

While the final weeks of Trump’s hold on the White House are fraught with danger, the prospect of a new administration in the United States holds the possibility of drawing back from the brink in the face-off with Iran, writes […]

Iran’s opposition leader tests positive for COVID-19 while under house arrest

Sunday 15 November 2020 – With the spread of COVID-19 currently overwhelming the healthcare system in Iran, the government of President Hassan Rouhani was forced to announce urgent measures in an attempt to stem the pandemic.  President Rouhani stated today […]

Iran: Coping with multiple crises

The coronavirus hit Iran over six months ago and the government has reportedly covered up the death toll. As the economic crisis continues, many Iranians have lost faith in the country’s leadership.

Nasrin Sotoudeh on Temporary Leave from Prison

On Saturday 7 November, imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was given temporary leave from Gharchak Prison in the Iranian city of Varamin, south of Tehran, according to her husband Reza Khandan. Sotoudeh, who has been jailed a number of […]

Iran: UN expert urges accountability for violent protest crackdowns

NEW YORK (26 October 2020) – The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran must conduct an independent, impartial and transparent inquiry into the violent crackdown against protests in November 2019 and January 2020, and bring human rights violators to […]

Iran’s beloved voice of protest falls silent!

Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Iran’s most famous singer, a voice celebrated across all generations in the country, died on Thursday 8 October after a long struggle against cancer that had prevented him from performing during the latter years of his life.  […]