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 […]

 

Iran prisons full of student activists

December 10, 2009 Rooz According to Tehran’s police chief “165 men and 39 women” were arrested in Tehran on December 7.  General Azizollah Rajabzadeh did not reveal further details about the whereabouts or conditions of the detainees.  He also did […]

Iran: Proposed laws reduce women to ‘baby making machines’ in misguided attempts to boost population

Women in Iran could face significant restrictions on their use of contraceptives and be further excluded from the labour market unless they have had a child, if two proposed laws are approved, says a new report by Amnesty International published […]

How Iran’s feminist genie escaped

Iran’s 1979 revolution may have put an ayatollah in charge – but for women it had plenty of positive side-effects… in education, in the workplace, and even in the home, discovers Amy Guttman during a ride on the Tehran underground. […]

Iran power struggle could derail nuclear deal

Diplomats issue warning amid concerns over health of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who would need to ratify any deal www.telegraph.co.uk By Con Coughlin, Defence Editor

How a fatal car crash in Iran exposed growing anger towards super-rich

Ordinary Iranians feeling the pinch of sanctions lash out at occupants of luxury cars that have come to symbolise the opulence of Tehran’s ‘rich kids’ theguardian

FACING EXECUTION AFTER HASTY, UNFAIR TRIAL

Shahram Ahmadi, aged 28, learned in October 2015 that his death sentence had been upheld by the Supreme Court. The judge overseeing the implementation of sentences in Raja’ Shahr Prison in Karaj, where he is held, has apparently told him […]

Joint Letter to the Member States of the UN General Assembly on the Protection of Human Rights in Iran

To: Member States of the UN General Assembly Your Excellency: We, the undersigned human rights and civil society organizations, urge your government to vote in favor of Resolution A/C.3/70/L.45 on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic […]

Iran refuses to free student activist Bahareh Hedayat after six years in jail

Seven years ago this summer, everything was set for the marriage ceremony of a young Iranian couple who had met and fallen in love at university. But on the day before the wedding, plain clothes officers raided the house of […]

Act now! Free Ismail Abdi, Iranian teacher union leader – Incarceration of Iranian Teacher Union Leader Ismail Abdi

On behalf of the British trade union movement and our 6 million members, I urge you to convey to your government our call for them to release Ismail Abdi immediately and unconditionally and drop all charges against him as he […]

Iran: Attacks on Workers’ Rights Escalating

On 15 September, retired and former president of the Haft Tapeh Sugar Company Workers’ Syndicate, Ali Nejati, was arrested after the police raided his home. The next day Mahmoud Salehi, a founding member Bakery Workers’ Union in the city of […]