Iran: Fears mounting for detained Ahwazi Arabs amid reports of secret executions

Iranian authorities must immediately disclose the fate and whereabouts of hundreds of members of the Ahwazi Arab ethnic minority being held without access to their families or lawyers, Amnesty International said following reports that some have been executed in secret. […]

“Distribution of biscuits” and other peaceful activities earn an elderly Tehran bus driver over 5 years in prison

Two leading trade union activists in Tehran have been received 5-year prison sentences for engaging in legitimate, legal and peaceful trade union activities. Ebrahim Madadi, deputy chairman of the Syndica-e Vahed (Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus […]

Amnesty International – Iran – Press Release – Hundreds arrested in vicious crackdown on Ahwazi Arabs

The Iranian authorities have waged a sweeping crackdown against the Ahwazi Arab ethnic minority, arresting hundreds of people in Khuzestan province, southern Iran, in recent weeks, said Amnesty International. The wave of detentions follows a deadly armed attack on a […]

Amnesty International – Iran – Press Release – Critically ill prisoner of conscience coerced to end hunger strike

The Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Farhad Meysami, a human rights defender campaigning for women’s rights, who is being held in the medical clinic at Evin prison in Tehran against his will to pressure him into ending his […]

ITF denounces Iran’s threat of death penalty in truck strike

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has condemned in the strongest of terms a reported call by an Iranian court for the issuing of the death penalty against 17 activists involved in a widespread truckers’ strike. 12/10/2018 “The death penalty […]

 

Solidarity group expresses concern for imprisoned teacher

30th May 2017 Press Release For Immediate Use Solidarity organisation, the Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR), has expressed concern for jailed trade unionist,Esmail Abdi, whose health has deteriorated following a hunger strike he started on […]

CODIR calls for real change in Iran

CODIR says:  We need to maximise our solidarity with the struggle of Iranian people for peace, and human and democratic rights! Iran’s recent Presidential election was a sham. This statement may seem odd, even disrespectful of the vote cast by […]

Iran released prominent human rights defender after a decade in prison

On Friday 12 May the Iranian regime released human rights campaigner and journalist, Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand from prison after more than ten years of captivity. In response to today’s release of Iranian Kurdish human rights defender and journalist Mohammad Sadiq […]

Urgent Action Update: Jailed Human Rights Defender In Poor Health

Following 31 days of hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin prison, Iranian human rights defender Atena Daemi is in poor health, and requires immediate hospitalization. She has been unjustly imprisoned for her human rights activities since November 2016. On 8 April, […]

Iranian elections – no chance for change

With presidential elections in Iran scheduled for 19th May the manoeuvring for position within the Iranian regime is well underway.  Jane Green considers the implications for the ordinary working people in the Islamic Republic of the political chess being played […]

Urgent Action Update: Iranian Human Rights Defender on Hunger Strike (Iran: UA 127.15)

URGENT ACTION APRIL 20, 2017 Iranian human rights defender Atena Daemi has been on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin prison since 8 April. She is protesting the suspended prison sentences imposed on two of her sisters, Hanieh and Ensieh, for […]

Iran’s Fake Election

A spokesperson for the Executive Council of CODIR summarizes the Council’s assessment of the forthcoming presidential election in Iran – that, as things stand, it offers no hope of democracy and serves only to confirm and strengthen the theocratic dictatorship’s stranglehold […]

Iran: Fears grow for health of jailed journalist on hunger strike

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 7 April 2017   Fears are growing for a jailed journalist and political activist whose health has deteriorated sharply after 30 days on hunger strike, said Amnesty International. Hengameh Shahidi, 41, who has a pre-existing heart […]

CODIR calls for solidarity with the 17-year-old asylum-seeker viciously beaten in a racist attack in South London

This weekend just gone – coinciding with the closing days of Norouz, the Iranian New Year festival – saw headline news that sent a shudder down the backs of those paying attention… the vicious, unprovoked attack on a seventeen-year-old Kurdish […]

UN Condemns Theocratic Iran’s Human Rights Record

The UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution last week expressing concern over the human rights situation in Iran, and extended the mission of Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, and has asked the Iranian government […]