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 […]

 

IRANIAN TRADE UNIONIST FACES SIXTEEN YEARS IN JAIL

URGENT ACTION RANIAN TRADE UNIONIST FACES SIXTEEN YEARS IN JAIL Ismail Abdi, prisoner of conscience and Secretary General of Iran’s Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA), has been sentenced on charges related to his peaceful trade union activities. He is awaiting an […]

Solidarity with the detained trade union leaders in Iran

CODIR calls for an international campaign for the release of Jafar Azimzadeh and Esmail Abdi as they are set to begin their hunger strike on 29th April     Esmail Abdi is General Secretary of the Iranian Teachers Trade Association.  […]

CODIR calls for press freedom in Iran

11th April 2016 Press Release For Immediate Use Solidarity organisation, the Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR), has today called for urgent action to defend press freedom in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In particular, CODIR […]

Rouhani’s “Open-Door” Economic Policy for Iran: Recipe for Indebtedness, Deindustrialization and Dependence

by ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH A number of commentators have compared President Rouhani’s policies of opening Iran’s markets to Western business with those of China’s Deng Xiaoping following the death of Mao Zedong some four decades ago [1]. A closer look at […]

Iranian film-maker Mania Akbari: ‘Cinema threatens the government’

theguardian.com Tom Seymour Among the laptops and the lattes in the foyer of London’s BFI Southbank sits a dissident and exile. Film-maker Mania Akbari fled her native Tehran last summer. She is determined to examine marriage, abortion, infidelity and lesbianism […]

Amnesty International – URGENT ACTION – IRAN: ELDERLY PROFESSOR’S SIX-YEAR JAIL TERM UPHELD

URGENT ACTION ELDERLY PROFESSOR’S SIX-YEAR JAIL TERM UPHELD Elderly prisoner of conscience Hossein Rafiee, a retired university professor, has had his six-year prison sentence, imposed for his peaceful political activism, upheld by an appeal court. The authorities have rejected his […]

Amnesty International – Iran: Joint letter to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council

The joint letter that Amnesty International and 33 other human rights and civil society groups have written to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, calling on them to support the resolution to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur […]

Smoke and mirrors in Iranian elections

11th March 2016 Jane Green reports. Media coverage of the Parliamentary elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran last week were remarkable for their absence of criticism of the theocratic regime, its human rights record and its role as one […]

CODIR Calls for the immediate release of trade union leader, Reza Shahabi, from prison!

Reza Shahabi, board member of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Workers’ Syndicate, sentenced to one year imprisonment and the Court of Appeal confirmed the sentence Background information: In December 2014 Reza Shahabi was summoned to Evin prison’s prosecutor office, while he […]

Iran: what does ending sanctions mean for workers?

22 Feb 2016, By Owen Tudor UPDATE – 23 February: Almost immediately this post went live, we heard the depressing news that teachers’ union leader Ismail Abdi (see earlier posts about his case and about Amnesty International designating him a […]