RELEASE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS NOW! CODIR Calls for the Immediate Release of Reza Shahabi!

The Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Vahed Company Syndicate) – SWTSBC – has released statements dated 8th, 9th and 12th August reporting the continued harrassment of Reza Shahabi, a well respected member of their union’s executive […]

‘We hate the headscarf’: can women find freedom in Tehran’s female-only parks?

Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public “I love to take off my headscarf,” says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from […]

A dialogue about Islamophobia

The representative of CODIR-Canada was invited to attend a “dialogue” on June 15, 2017 for a consultation to identify the causes and effects of anti-Muslim bias and Islamophobia, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This event was organized by the Committee of […]

Iran Is Next On Trump’s Regime-Change Agenda

Recent soundbites from Washington give cause for concern about the prospects for peaceful resolution of conflicts in the Middle East, says JANE GREEN On May 21 Donald Trump, during his first international trip as President, delivered from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, […]

Maryam Mirzakhani: Iranian newspapers break hijab taboo in tributes

The Guardian, 16 July 2017 Tehran front pages run photographs of mathematician without head covering, showing her prominence overrode rules Iran’s state-run newspapers on Sunday broke with the country’s strict rules on female dress to show the mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani […]

 

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 […]

Unison calls for the Release of Ismail Abdi, Secretary General of Iran’s Teachers’ Trade Association

I am writing on behalf of UNISON’s 1.3 million members in public services in the United Kingdom, to express our deep concern about the imprisonment of Ismail Abdi, Secretary General of Iran’s Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA). Ismail Abdi is a […]

Britain Union of Teachers Demands Abdi’s Freedom

News has reached us in recent days of the re-arrest and detention of the General Secretary of the Iranian Teachers’ Association, Mr Esmail Abdi as a result of his legitimate trade union activities. I write on behalf of National Union […]