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 […]

 

No room for human rights complacency as sanctions are lifted

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 17th January 2016 The Committee for the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has today warned against complacency in pressing the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran on its human rights record, now that international […]

Like a barrel of gunpowder

With the lifting of Western sanctions against Iran imminent, Jane Green, National Organiser for the Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) considers the implications of recent developments in the Middle East for the Iranian people. 17th […]

Joint statement by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

Today, we have reached Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Ever since Adoption Day, we worked hard and showed mutual commitment and collective will to finally bring the JCPOA to implementation. Today, six months after finalisation of the historic deal, […]

Waiting to die: the Iranian child inmates facing execution – in pictures

In Iran, girls are held criminally accountable by law from the age of nine, and can be sentenced to death by hanging for crimes such as murder, drug trafficking and armed robbery. Sadegh Souri has photographed girls in the harsh […]

IRAN TODAY! IRAN TODAY Vol. 27, No.2, Autumn 2015 is published.

In this issue: – Editorial: 5+1=Hypocrisy Page 2 – Iran’s government does not recognise trade union by Habib Mehrzad, CODIR’s Co-ordinator in Canada Page 3 – IRAN’s TEACHERS FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION by Dr. Liz Payne investigares for […]

Solidarity group calls for the release of teachers’ trade union leader

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9th December 2015 The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has today launched a Christmas Day appeal calling for the release of leading teachers’ trade unionist, Mahmoud Beheshti Langroodi. The […]

The Islamic Republic has now gained sufficient breathing space to continue its rule by suppressing internal opposition, writes JANE GREEN

8th November 2015 The inclusion of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the current negotiations in Vienna, regarding the conflict in Syria, marks a significant shift in the way in which the West sees the role of Iran in the […]

Statement on the death in custody of Shahrokh Zamani in Iran

The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has demanded a full and independent investigation into the circumstances of the tragic death in custody of Shahrokh Zamani, Iranian labour activist, at Rajai Shahr Prison. Zamani was active […]

THE WFDY STATEMENT IN SOLIDARITY WITH IRANIAN STUDENT STRUGGLES

11 December, 2009 WFDY The World Federation of Democratic Youth is deeply shocked due to the suppression going on in recent days against student demonstration in Tehran and other cities of Iran. WFDY has been always supporting democratic right of […]

Protests expose Iranian regime’s frailty

Tuesday 8 December 2009 Massoumeh Torfeh guardian.co.uk Pro-reform Iranian students march during a protest at the Tehran University campus in Iran. Photograph: AP The ruling clique in the Islamic republic must face the fact that it can no longer brush […]