Britain’s Teachers call for release of women political prisoners in Iran

Britain’s largest teachers’ union, the National Education Union (NEU), has supported CODIR’s campaign for the release of women political prisoners in Iran! Following CODIR’s launching of a campaign drawing attention to the plight of several women detained in Evin Prison […]

Britain’s biggest trade union calls for release of all political prisoners in Iran

UNISON supports CODIR’s campaign for the release of women political prisoners in Iran! Following CODIR’s launching, on 8 March 2021, of a campaign drawing attention to the plight of several women detained in Evin Prison in Iran and calling for […]

Press release – Urgent action on International Women’s Day 2021

8th March 2021 For immediate use The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has called upon trade union leaders in the UK to take urgent action on International Women’s Day (8th March) to highlight the ongoing […]

Solidarity with Women political prisoners in Iran

CODIR calls for the release of Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, serving 38 years in prison for simply doing her job! On the eve of 8th March CODIR appeals to the trade union and labour movement in Britain to […]

Women Political Prisoners Warn of Another Disaster in the Making!

In an open letter published on 2 March 2021, eight political prisoners in the women’s ward of Iran’s notorious Evin Prison spoke of their concern at the total lack of any attention to the health and safety of the inmates.  […]

 

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.  […]

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 […]

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

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

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 […]