BBC urges UN to act over harassment of journalists in Iran

Corporation says attempts to persuade Iranian authorities to desist have been ignored The BBC is appealing to the United Nations to help protect the rights of its journalists in Iran after complaining that its attempts to lobby Tehran on the issue have […]

Women fight for equal rights, dignity and justice in Iran!

In Iran as well, women fight for the basic rights denied to them and routinely violated by the theocratic regime and the most conservative elements within society there. CODIR campaigns to raise the plight of the brave women who challenge […]

Away from the media spotlight, Iranian protests for workers’ justice continue

Widespread discontent continues to be a feature of everyday life in Iran. JANE GREEN reports on recent developments THE silence of the international media on the developing situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran is a growing issue as the clampdown on opposition within the country continues.  In recent […]

Authorities Move To Intimidate Steel Workers; More Than Ten Arrested

As protests continue at a steel plant in Ahvaz, security forces have arrested more than ten worker activists overnight. Iran’s Free Trade Union reports that security forces conducted overnight raids on homes of steel mill workers and detained ten people. […]

We protest against this injustice!

Statement of the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran During the past few days, we have witnessed the plundering by the government of workers’ savings in the Social Security Fund, while Osman Esmaili, a painter and decorator, Mohammad Habibi, […]


Women’s Rights in Iran – Human Rights Watch

Women’s rights are severely restricted in Iran, to the point where women are even forbidden from watching men’s sports in stadiums. That ban includes Iran’s national obsession – volleyball. Human Rights Watch is launching a new campaign, #Watch4Women, to support […]

Iran Events of 2015 Produced by Human Rights Watch

Repressive elements within the security and intelligence forces, as well as the judiciary, retained wide powers and continued to be the main perpetrators of rights abuses. Executions, especially for drug-related offenses, increased sharply from previous years. Security and intelligence forces […]

Iranian elections – the illusion of democracy

With Iranian Parliamentary elections scheduled for 26th February attention will once again focus upon the Islamic Republic for any signs of change following the recent rapprochement with the West.  Jane Green reports. Iran’s return to the international fold has been […]

Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi sentenced to 6 years in jail, 223 lashes

Conviction follows similar punishments for other artists and filmmakers in Iran An award-winning Iranian filmmaker whose work focuses on the travails of modern life and political expression in the Islamic Republic has been sentenced to six years in prison and […]


UA: 19/16 Index: MDE 13/3300/2016 Iran        Date: 22 January 2016 URGENT ACTION SIX YEARS IN JAIL FOR IRANIAN FILMMAKER Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi has been sentenced to six years in prison and 223 lashes, on charges that […]

No room for human rights complacency as sanctions are lifted

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 17th January 2016 The Committee for the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has today warned against complacency in pressing the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran on its human rights record, now that international […]

Like a barrel of gunpowder

With the lifting of Western sanctions against Iran imminent, Jane Green, National Organiser for the Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) considers the implications of recent developments in the Middle East for the Iranian people. 17th […]

Joint statement by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

Today, we have reached Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Ever since Adoption Day, we worked hard and showed mutual commitment and collective will to finally bring the JCPOA to implementation. Today, six months after finalisation of the historic deal, […]

Waiting to die: the Iranian child inmates facing execution – in pictures

In Iran, girls are held criminally accountable by law from the age of nine, and can be sentenced to death by hanging for crimes such as murder, drug trafficking and armed robbery. Sadegh Souri has photographed girls in the harsh […]

IRAN TODAY! IRAN TODAY Vol. 27, No.2, Autumn 2015 is published.

In this issue: – Editorial: 5+1=Hypocrisy Page 2 – Iran’s government does not recognise trade union by Habib Mehrzad, CODIR’s Co-ordinator in Canada Page 3 – IRAN’s TEACHERS FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION by Dr. Liz Payne investigares for […]