Category: Features

Do you hear the people sing?

People seek solace in revolutionary songs time and again when they fight oppressive regimes. During their concert in Argentina on October 29, popular English band Coldplay invited the exiled Iranian actor Golshifteh Farahani on stage. Together, they performed the new […]

Urgent action demanded over imprisoned protesters

3 November 2022 Press release For immediate use The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has expressed concern over the huge numbers of arrests made and charges tabled relating to the ongoing protests that followed the […]

Iran: UN must act urgently after authorities unlawfully kill eight protesters in less than 24 hours

Responding to the unlawful killings of at least eight people since last night by Iran’s security forces as they again opened fire on mourners and protesters in at least four provinces and building on growing international calls for a UN mechanism on Iran, Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said: “The Iranian authorities’ reckless and unlawful use of firearms against protesters, […]

‘Child of This Land’ by Nik Yousefi

This video is as an act of protest against the injustices taking place in Iran. It aims to represent the silenced voices of everyday Iranians inside Iran by shedding light on the issues of compulsory veiling, child labour, the death […]

In Iran, Mass Protests Are Chanting “No Mullahs, No Shah, Just Democracy”

Iranian protesters set their scarves on fire while marching down a street on October 1, 2022, in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images)

AN INTERVIEW WITHPARANDEH Iran has exploded in protest following the death of Jîna (Mahsa) Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman detained by “morality police.” We spoke with an Iranian leftist about the mass mobilization and why Western meddling undermines the cause […]

As protests rock Iran, its most feared security force is lying in wait

Thousands of people poured into the streets of Mahsa Amini’s hometown Wednesday and marched to her grave. Iranian security forces responded — as they have throughout the course of the nationwide protests inspired by her death — with violence and […]

Joint statement of democratic women’s organisations in support of the struggle of Iranian women for dignity, equality, peace, justice, and for human and democratic rights

We, the undersigned organisations that campaign for women’s emancipation from every form of exploitation note that: On 6th July 2022, the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, ordered stricter implementation of the law of mandatory hejab. Thus, […]

Bloodshed and Cover-up at Evin Prison!

“Tehran has become a detention centre, Evin has become a slaughterhouse!” CODIR is alarmed by the numerous reports and video clips that have emerged this evening (from 19:30 Tehran time on Saturday 15 October 2022) of a major incident unfolding […]

How three Iranian women spurred mass protests against theocratic regime

In July this year, a video began circulating online of an altercation between two women on a Tehran bus. One, in full hijab, attacks the other, a 28-year-old called Sepideh Rashno, for not wearing a hijab, mandated under Iranian law […]

To our courageous Iranian sisters, fighting for the rights of all of us

Press Release On 16 September 2022, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman from Sanandajj in western Iran, was arrested by the Tehran “morality police”. According to Iranian news sources, the morality police arrested Mahsa for wearing her hijab in an […]