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 […]

 

Iranian miners fired after protest action

30 January, 2020 300 workers at the Chadormalu iron ore mine have been fired after protesting low wages and wage discrimination against contractors. The Chadormalu iron ore mine in the central Iranian province of Yazd employs about 5,000 workers, mostly […]

IndustriALL Global Union in solidarity with Chadormalu mineworkers in Iran

Dear sisters and brothers, I am writing this letter to you as the General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, which represents more than fifty million workers in mining, energy and manufacturing sectors in more than 140 countries, to express our […]

IndustriALL Global Union calls for respect of fundamental labour rights at Imam Khomeini Petrochemical Complex in Mahshahr

Dear Mr. President Hassan Rouhani, I am writing this letter to you as the General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, which represents more than fifty million workers in mining, energy and manufacturing sectors in more than 140 countries, including Iran, […]

Iran: Scores injured as security forces use unlawful force to crush protests

15 January 2020, 13:18 UTC Verified video footage, photographs and testimonies from victims and eyewitnesses on the ground obtained by Amnesty International confirm that Iranian security forces used unlawful force against peaceful protesters who gathered across Iran following the authorities’ […]

Iran warns Europe as diplomat says officials ‘lied’ on crash

By NASSER KARMI, JON GAMBRELL and EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press Provided by Associated Press In this photograph taken Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, protesters hold flowers as tear gas fired by police rises at a demonstration in front of Amir Kabir University […]

Yes, Iranians can protest against both US intervention and their government – Reza H Akbari

Anti-regime unrest doesn’t mean everyone has suddenly switched sides. US officials’ simplistic view of Iran is dangerous Some argue that today’s protests are the “real Iran” and represent the authentic face of the country.’ Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Anadolu Agency via Getty […]

Middle East – political uncertainty continues

12th January 2020 The assassination of the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, Qasem Soleimani, has sparked a further round of uncertainty in the Middle East and brought the danger of increased conflict closer.  Jane Green assesses the current […]

UNESCO Responds to Trump’s Threat To Destroy Iran Cultural Site

Published 7 January 2020 In October 2017, the U.S. announced its withdrawal from UNESCO, claiming it needed to be reformed and was dominated by an alleged anti-Israeli trend. UNESCO’s director-general Audrey Azoulay recalled U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday that […]

Ervand Abrahamian speech on the U.S. assassination of Iranian commander Major General Qassem Soleimani

Ervand Abrahamian is a historian of Middle Eastern and particularly Iranian history. Born in Tehran to Persian-Armenian parents and raised in England, he received his M.A. at Oxford University and his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He teaches at the City University of New York (CUNY) where he is Distinguished […]

CODIR greeting 2020