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.  […]

Iran: Horrifying plan to amputate fingers of four men convicted of robbery must be stopped

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE The international community must do everything in its power to stop Iranian authorities from amputating the fingers of four men convicted of robbery following forced “confessions” and grossly unfair trials, said Amnesty International today. According to […]

From left: Baktash Abtin, Keyvan Bajan, Reza Khandan Mahabadi

Three members of the Writers’ Association of Iran were sent to prison

On Saturday, September 26, 2020, Baktash Abtin, Reza Khandan Mahabadi, and Keyvan Bajan, three members of the Writers’ Association of Iran, were summoned to the Evin Prison Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday and transferred to evin prison to serve their sentences. […]

Interview: Protest, equality, and the challenge of the pandemic for women in Iran

The Democratic Organisation of Iranian Women (DOIW) has been for decades at the forefront of the struggle for social justice and equal rights for women in Iran.  The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up new challenges.  CODIR invited Dr Azar Sepehr […]

DEFIANT WOMEN: VOICES OF RESISTANCE

Women have often played pivotal roles in the struggle for human rights and civil liberties in Iran. Despite their prominence within the movement, the courage and activism of Iranian women remain arguably underreported. Attention remains focussed almost exclusively on protests […]

 

The ‘trampling of humanity’ continues in Iran

Amnesty International has added to the ongoing outrage at the treatment of political prisoners in Iran following November 2019’s major protests, reports JANE GREEN LAST November, when protests erupted in Tehran, rapidly spreading across Iran, the Committee for the Defence […]

Strike at Haft-Tappeh continues – 80th day reached

CODIR Press Release. 2nd September 2020 Today marks the 80th day since workers of the Haft-Tappeh Sugarcane complex in the south of Iran came out on a strike, on 15 June. They are demanding their unpaid wages, medical insurance, reinstatement […]

Iranian oil and gas strike solid in fourth week

27 August, 2020 An unprecedented mass strike in the Iranian oil and gas sector is holding firm as it enters its fourth week. Around 10,000 workers in Iran’s oil and gas fields have been taking part in wildcat strike action since 1 […]

IRAN TODAY Autumn 2020 was published by CODIR!

The Autumn 2020 issue of Iran Today, the progressive campaign for peace, human and democratic rights, and social justice in Iran, published by CODIR, is now released! The Autumn 2020 issue of Iran Today covers a whole host of important […]

The man who said no: how Iran coerces expats to inform on friends

Behdad Esfahbod was forced by the Revolutionary Guard to enlist as a foreign agent. But when they tried to activate him, he went public instead On 14 June, Behdad Esfahbod, a Facebook software engineer, received a text from a strange […]

A significant breakthrough! Strike action spreads rapidly across Iran

As oil workers engage in co-ordinated strike action across Iran, JANE GREEN considers the response of the Iranian regime and the prospects for trade unions in Iran AN UNPRECEDENTED wave of strike action is under way in the gas and […]

URGENT ACTION – TORTURED IRANIAN KURD AT RISK OF EXECUTION

Arsalan Khodkam, from Iran’s Kurdish minority, is at risk of execution in West Azerbaijan province. He was sentenced to death for “spying” after a grossly unfair trial that lasted about 30 minutes and relied on “confessions” he says were obtained […]

Huge strike wave hits Iranian energy sector

4 August, 2020Thousands of workers have taken strike action in Iran’s South Pars gas fields, protesting the late payment of wages and poor working conditions. About 10,000 workers have stopped work as a wave of wildcat strike action has hit […]

Press release – Solidarity organisation calls for support for striking oil workers

3rd August 2020 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 oil workers across Iran in their demands to be paid for their work. […]

Iran: Leaked official letters reveal state denial of COVID-19 crisis in prisons

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 31 July 2020 Leaked official documents newly obtained by Amnesty International reveal that the Iranian government has ignored repeated pleas by senior officials responsible for managing Iran’s prisons for additional resources to control the spread of […]