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 […]

DESPERATE NURSES DESERVE BETTER

As the people of Iran struggle to survive the biggest COVID-19 outbreak in West Asia, Liz Payne examines the plight of thousands of the country’s nurses serving at the front line. On 26 July 2020, a large demonstration gathered outside […]

Iran: Secret execution of wrestler Navid Afkari a ‘travesty of justice’

The secret execution this morning of wrestling champion Navid Afkari, without prior notice to him, his family or lawyer, after a grossly unfair trial, is a horrifying travesty of justice that needs immediate international action. “Navid Afkari was a young […]

Iran: Journalist sentenced to more than four years in prison

A court in Teheran sentenced journalist Mohammad Mosaed to four years and nine months in prison and banned him from any journalistic activity for two years, ordering the confiscation of his communication devices. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly […]

Iran: Wrestling champion Navid Afkari feared at risk of imminent secret execution

September 2020, 16:45 UTC The Iranian authorities must immediately reveal the fate and whereabouts of Navid Afkari, a wrestling champion at imminent risk of being executed in secret, Amnesty International said today, while calling on the international community, including UN […]

 

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER’S LIFE AT RISK OF COVID-19

URGENT ACTION Imprisoned Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, who suffers from serious pre-existing health conditions, is showing suspected COVID-19 symptoms. The authorities are putting her health and life at risk by denying her health care and holding her in […]

Iranian court sentences workers to flogging, forced labour and prison

The Arak criminal court has sentenced 42 workers from Azarab Industries to one year in prison, 74 lashes, and one month of forced labour. The workers are being punished for protesting the non-payment of wages after the privatization of Azarab […]

Protesting injustice is a natural reaction! Halt all executions in Iran!

“We were tired of injustice in the country, and we went to the street to protest.” CODIR reject the death sentences handed down to three young protesters in Iran and calls for an immediate halt to their execution… Human rights […]

Freelance journalist who reported on strikers goes to prison for 5 years!

A freelance reporter has been given a five-year sentence for covering on a peaceful rally by striking sugar mill workers demanding their unpaid wages. Sepideh Qoliyan had to report to prison earlier this week to begin serving her time after […]

Iran: Authorities must tell family of forcibly disappeared prisoner the truth about ‘secret execution’

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 11 June 2020 The Iranian authorities must urgently clarify the fate and whereabouts of Hedayat Abdollahpour, a Kurdish prisoner, after local authorities told his family that he had recently been secretly executed, Amnesty International said today. […]

Iran’s women struggle for basic rights

2nd June 2020 The so-called honour killing of fourteen year old Romina Ashrafi last week, beheaded by her own father, has sent shock waves throughout Iran and across the world.  Even in a society as conservative as the Islamic Republic […]

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 […]