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 […]

 

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 […]

Letter to the President!!

Iranian Metalworkers’ union writes open letter to Hassan Rouhani, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to demand effective action on CoVID- 19 to avert disaster With respect, due to the current health issues, this letter is published in an […]

Solidarity organisation warns of coronavirus impact in Iran – Press release – For immediate use

2nd April 2020 The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has appealed to trade unions in the UK and internationally to support their fellow workers in Iran who are at the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. […]

Iran temporarily releases 70,000 prisoners as coronavirus cases surge

DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran has temporarily freed about 70,000 prisoners to combat the spread of the coronavirus in jails, the head of the judiciary said on Monday, as officials reported hundreds of new infections and dozens more deaths across the […]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s prison leave extended in Iran amid virus crisis

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s leave from prison in Iran has been extended by two weeks and her case has been put forward to prosecutor to seek clemency, her husband has said. The British-Iranian mother was among thousands of prisoners temporarily freed from jail […]