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 […]

 

14-year-old girl is beheaded in horrific “honour killing” incident!

A wave of revulsion has spread across Iran in the wake of the horrific murder of a 14-year-old girl at the hands of her father in a so-called “honour killing” in the north-western city of Talesh last week. Romina Ashrafi […]

Iran: Details released of 304 deaths during protests six months after security forces’ killing spree

20 May 2020, 07:07 UTC Amnesty International has released details of the deaths of 304 men, women and children killed by Iran’s security forces during last November’s ruthless crackdown, six months after the protests. The organization found that more than 220 of […]

Nurses denounce government betrayal

Employers have rewarded the sacrifice of Iranian nurses with sackings, unpaid salaries for shifts already worked, and revolving 89-day contracts – one day short of any job-security and rights. On Saturday 9th May, protests by nurses in Gilan province, in […]

Solidarity organisation calls for justice for imprisoned teachers

7th May 2020  Press release  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 the rights of teachers in Iran who have come under further […]

Iran: Leading teacher unionist arrested again

Education International and UK’s NASUWT, the Teachers’ Union have condemned the re-arrest of Tehran education union leader Esmail Abdi. Released on furlough on 17 March 2020, Mr Abdi had to report to prison on 21 April and was kept in […]

More than 40 workers of Urmia Petrochemical Company (UPC)infected with coronavirus amidst the lifting of Iran’s lockdown!

The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has learned of the worrying development that, amidst the theocratic regime’s recent lifting of Iran’s lockdown – having claimed that it had somehow contained and countered the devastating coronavirus […]

Three implications of the corona crisis in Iran – Azadeh Zamirirad

The coronavirus is more than a health challenge for the Islamic Republic. The virus is exacerbating the legitimacy crisis and pushing religion into the background, says Azadeh Zamirirad. In February, the Islamic Republic announced its first confirmed cases of the coronavirus. […]

Iranian people suffer triple whammy of COVID-19, repression and US sanctions

People in Iran suffer COVID-19 Pandemic at the same time as Islamist regime’s repression and US economic sanctions! The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has accused the Iranian regime of gross irresponsibility and negligence in […]

People in Iran suffer COVID-19 Pandemic at the same time as Islamist regime’s repression and US economic sanctions!

The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has accused the Iranian regime of gross irresponsibility and negligence in its approach to the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran.  While there were widespread indications that the virus had reached Iran […]

Iran: Prisoners killed by security forces during COVID-19 pandemic protests

Around 36 prisoners in Iran are feared to have been killed by security forces after the use of lethal force to control protests over COVID-19 safety fears, Amnesty International has learned.   In recent days, thousands of prisoners in at […]