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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 today.

You Shall Procreate: Attacks on women's sexual and reproductive rights in Iran details the extreme lengths the Iranian authorities are going to in order to encourage repeated childbearing in a misguided attempt to boost the country's declining population figures.

"The proposed laws will entrench discriminatory practices and set the rights of women and girls in Iran back by decades. The authorities are promoting a dangerous culture in which women are stripped of key rights and viewed as baby-making machines rather than human beings with fundamental rights to make choices about their own bodies and lives," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International. ...more
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CODIR Bulletin - March 2015 - on the occasion of the International Women's Day
CODIR Bulletin - March 2015 is published.


Contents:

Page 1 Join the Campaign for Women's right in Iran!

Page 1 Defend the right of teachers in Iran

Page 2 Women's struggle in Iran continues

Page 3 Misogynist Charte

Page 4 Forcing women out of social life by acidic attacks

Page 4 Women fight against gender discrimination

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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. My guide Farah, a tall, slender woman in her late 30s, wears jeans and a simple manteau - the mandatory robe women must wear in public, covering neck to knee. Her long, straight black hair is tucked beneath her headscarf, but visible as it coils at her neck. We're heading to Tajrish Bazaar, in north Tehran, to explore 10 different kinds of dried plums, and other goodies. We choose the metro - Farah for its convenience, and I, for a chance to go underground in Tehran, because it provides a picture of the city most tourists never see. ...more
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Press Release: Teachers in Iran take to the streets again

The Committee for the Iranian People's Rights (CODIR) has today reported that further action has been taken by teachers in Iran, following an unprecedented strike by thousands of teachers for two consecutive days in January.

On both occasions, action has been organised to protest against hardship, job insecurity and the economic policies of the Iranian regime.

In what has been hailed as the biggest workers protest in recent years in Iran, more than 100,000 teachers held coordinated rallies in Tehran and other provincial capitals on Sunday, demanding better pay and conditions.

Teachers across the country stayed away from classrooms. Their representatives held protest rallies outside the Majlis, the Iranian parliament, and provincial offices of the Ministry of Education. ...more
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Iranian Teachers Lead Mass Anti-Privatisation Protests
OVER 100,000 teachers held co-ordinated rallies in Tehran and other provincial capitals across Iran on Sunday in the country's biggest workers' protest in recent years. To support their demand for better pay and conditions, teachers stayed away from the classrooms - Sunday is a normal schoolday in Iran - and instead their representatives held protest rallies outside the Majlis, the Iranian parliament, and provincial offices of the Ministry of Education. Teachers gathered from the early hours in response to the call by the National Teachers Association of Iran to show their opposition to privatisation of the education system and government inaction in honouring previous agreements covering salaries and job security for teachers. ...more
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Iran: Serious health fears for artist on prison hunger strike

Iranian prisoner of conscience and artist, Atena Farghadani, could be on death's door after being hospitalized following a hunger strike lasting three weeks. Amnesty International is urging the Iranian authorities to release her immediately and unconditionally. According to her lawyer, the 28-year-old painter and activist was relocated from Gharchak Prison to a hospital on 26 February, after suffering a heart attack and briefly lost consciousness last week. She stopped taking any food, sugar or salt on 9 February in protest at her continued detention and ill-treatment at Gharchak Prison in Varamin, 50 km south of Tehran, where she was being held with individuals convicted of serious crimes. In hospital she has refused an intravenous drip. ...more
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Press Release: Iranian human rights campaign supports nurses action
The Committee for the Iranian People's Rights (CODIR) has today called for support for nurses in Iran, who this weekend staged their third nationwide protest in as many months, to highlight their low pay and poor terms and conditions. While pay in other areas of the health service, in particular that of doctors has grown, nurses have found their pay rates pegged back, with the government failing to take any action to address the level of pay differential in the health service.

The poor pay in the sector is resulting in a downward spiral as nurses take the opportunity to emigrate, in order to gain better pay and recognition, while colleagues are then forced to work many hours of overtime due to the shortage of nurses in the country. The flow of immigrant nurses to Canada in particular has increased with close to 50% of nurses migrating from Iran going to Canada.

According to international standards there should be a minimum of two nurses per hospital bed each day, while in Iran it is half of this number.

The protest, outside of the Parliament in Tehran, follows similar protests in October and December of last year. Over 2,000 nurses' representatives are estimated to have attended from cities across Iran and organisers claimed that many were prevented from attending due to work commitments and shift patterns. The nurses are demanding the implementation of the 'Nursing Tariff Act' that had been ratified in 2007 which limits the amount of overtime nurses can work, among other benefits. ...more
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Letter from UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis to President Rouhani concerning the case of Mr Saman Nasseem

I am writing on behalf of UNISON, the largest public service workers union in the UK representing 1.3 million members, to call on you to intervene to stop the imminent execution of Mr Saman Naseem. UNISON understands that Saman Naseem suffered brutal and inhumane treatment after his arrest at the age of 17 and during his interrogation and his subsequent imprisonment and we were horrified to receive the news of his imminent execution. ...more
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The Message of Amnesty International's Secretary General for Ayatollah Khamenei: "Saman Naseem's life is in your hands"

Please find below the link to a video message that Amnesty International's Secretary General Salil Shetty sent today to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Salil Sherry urgently appeals to Iran's Supreme Leader to save the life of Saman Naseem, a young man who is scheduled to be executed tomorrow, Thursday 19 February, in Iran. He urges the Supreme Leader to show compassion, and to show the world that he does not sanction injustice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CbDjBob8-c&feature=youtu.be


It will also be tweeted from: @AmnestyIran

Codir Reports: Statement from the National Union of Teachers - Defend the rights of teachers in Iran
As part of its campaigning to highlight the conditions of workers and professionals in Iran, CODIR has recently drawn attention to the plight of teachers. Faced with pay reductions, privatisation and a dilution of their professional status, the terms and conditions of teachers are under threat and have in response initiated an imaginative campaign. As CODIR reported on 25 January, a two days strike of 1000's of Iranian teachers and a petition signed by 60,000 teachers in support of their demands were examples of such campaign. The following statement from the National Union of Teachers is a timely show of solidarity with the teachers of Iran and one that we hope others concerned with the rights of the people of Iran will follow. ...more
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Press Release: Iranian human rights campaign condemns execution
The Committee for the Iranian People's Rights (CODIR) has today condemned the sentence of execution passed upon Saman Naseem, aged 22, who has been condemned to death by the Iranian regime. The execution is scheduled to be carried out on the 19th February. Naseem was imprisoned when he was only 17 years old and, after 97 consecutive days of torture, 'confessed' to being a member of an opposition group and taking up arms against the state. Naseem, who was kept in a 2 x 0.5 metre cell, was constantly tortured before being forced, while blindfolded, to put his fingerprints on "confession" papers. According to Naseem's own account, the level of torture was so severe that it left him unable to walk. His body was black and blue and he was hung from his hands and feet for hour, ...more
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Press Release: Defend the rights of teachers in Iran
The Committee for the Iranian People's Rights (CODIR) has today reported that thousands of Iranian teachers joined an unprecedented strike for two consecutive days last week (20th and 21st January) to protest against hardship, job insecurity and the economic policies of the Iranian regime. Teachers marching in the capital and several other cities protested against their living conditions and refused to teach their classes. Reports indicate that a number of those taking part have been arrested. Teachers are concerned that the government is planning to limit their salary increase to below the rate of inflation. In the draft budget presented to the parliament for the financial year 2015/16 the budget of the Ministry of Education is seriously limited. This is at a time when the budget for favoured departments, such the Islamic Guards Corps, has increased by 60%. ...more
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Iran's trade unions publish their International Messenger!
UNION MESSENGER No.6, January 2015 is published.


Contents:

Page 1 Editorial

Page 2 Protest by VAHED Bus Drivers

Page 3 Teachers Protest Delayed Pay

Page 4 Strike at Sangrood Coal mine

Page 4 A Metalworker's report from Iran Khodro (IKCO)

Page 5 We Support Iran Khodro's Strike

Page 5 Lessening Attention to Workers' Safety to Speed up the Workage

Page 6 The Priority of Capitalism: Butchering the Labour Law and Social Security

Page 6 There Is No Legal Ban for Labour Gatherings!!

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Strife at the Mines

The Strike at Sangrood Coal Mine - Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran reported on 7th January: Since this morning 150 coalminers within the tunnels of at Western Alborz Coal Mine Workers in Sangrood of Gilan have gone on strike, protesting against the plans to close the mine, 8 months of unpaid wages and the issue of early retirement for workers with hazardous and physically demanding jobs. Undoubtedly the news of this strike will be spreading within the next hours and the whole of this mine will be on strike. These miners have taken refuge in the tunnels in the depth of underground tunnels in order to neutralise management and security forces tactics - because they have actual experience of the security force entering the mine's compound and the detention of labour activists and the arrest and trial of the secretary of the miners association at Chadormlu mine. The strikers' leaders took refuge in the mine before the other miners. They want their demands to be implemented and they have taken oath of solidarity together to remain in the mine till the end. ...more
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Workers Assert Their Rights In Iran
As international sanctions exert a tightening grip on the Iranian economy it is the workers who are paying the price. Jane Green assesses their response.
The coming to power of Hassan Rouhani in the Iranian election of June 2013 was sold, both nationally and internationally, as a turning point in the politics of Iran. Rouhani was heralded as a liberal, someone with whom the West could do business, someone who would negotiate a satisfactory deal on the disputed nuclear projects undertaken by the theocratic regime - hence an end to international sanctions - and liberalise social practices in Iran. Good for the people, good for the economy, was how the picture was painted. Eighteen months into Rouhani's tenure the promises made at the time of his election are now coming back to haunt him. There is no indication in social practices in Iran that the tide has turned. ...more
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Pic: IndustriALL Global Union - Iranian miners demonstrate peacefully against the arrest of fellow workers at the Bafgh Iron Ore Mine in Yazd
Youth in Iran: Inside and Out

If Iranian youth culture was portrayed in a BBC drama, it might be called "Inside, Outside," or even "Righteous, Raucous." That is the duality present in Hossein Fatemi's "An Iranian Journey," a series that shows young people's public modesty and piety vanishing once they escape the wary gaze of authority. These youths play music, drink, smoke, commingle and enjoy other intemperate - i.e., regular - Western activities. They are online, on Facebook, and are politically engaged and simmering, craving freer speech but stifled by the ayatollah's rules. "Naturally, whatever you prevent a human being from doing, it makes them want to do it more," said Mr. Fatemi, who is represented by Panos Pictures. He sees his task as putting in the open what is shrouded in the dark. Whether it is alcohol consumption by Muslims or patronizing prostitutes, he seeks to photograph what is forbidden. When postelection protests in 2009 made it nearly impossible to be outside, Mr. Fatemi eagerly took to the streets and photographed as much as he could. Once the world got a sense of what was happening in the streets, Mr. Fatemi turned to photographing interiors. ...more
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