Trump sends aggressive signal to Iran

14th October 2017 The decision of US President, Donald Trump, to de-certify the international deal with Iran has brought condemnation across the world.  Jane Green assesses the likely consequences. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly found that the […]

‘Is it art or pain?’ Iran’s Parastou Forouhar on family, death and the failed revolution

Every autumn, the Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar returns to Tehran from Germany to hold a memorial service for her murdered parents. Dariush Forouhar, a secular politician, and his wife, Parvaneh, were two of Iran’s most high-profile political activists when they […]

Solidarity group calls for urgent action on Iranian prisoners

15th  September 2017 Press Release For Immediate Use Solidarity organisation, the Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR), has called for urgent action to secure the immediate release of two Iranian trade unionists on hunger strike.   […]

Sick, untreated and tormented: How Iranian authorities leave prisoners to suffer

World powers have strengthened their ties with Iran since the nuclear deal was signed. Now they should pressure Tehran to end its ruthless treatment of political prisoners. A photograph showing the heavily bandaged face of a prominent Iranian journalist and […]

Iran: Arrest of human rights defender seeking truth about disappeared family members

11 September 2017, 17:46 UTC The Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release a human rights defender arrested from her home last night, who has previously been targeted by the authorities for her peaceful activism, said Amnesty International. Raheleh Rahemipour […]

 

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 […]

CODIR Bulletin March 2017 is published!

In this issue: – Greetings on International Women’s Day! Campaigns for Women’s Rights in Iran! Page 1 – Government  Has Failed Women! Page 1 –Progress for women in Iran only comes with freedom, equality and Justice Page 2,3 – International […]

Global Trade Union leader calls for respect for workers’ rights in Iran

Anders Ferbe, the leader of Sweden’s Metalworkers and Industrial Union, while visiting Tehran as a member of an official high-level Swedish government delegation, issued an important statement supporting trade union rights in Iran on Saturday 11 February 2017. His initiative – […]

Iran Should Take American Threats Seriously

by Shireen T. Hunter It was not surprising that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, national security adviser to President Donald Trump, “officially put…Iran on notice,” following what he cited as “recent Iranian actions, including a provocative ballistic missile launch and an […]

IRANIAN ACADEMIC COULD BE SENTENCED TO DEATH

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL URGENT ACTION Iranian academic specializing in disaster medicine Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, a resident of Sweden detained in Iran since 25 April 2016, has been threatened with the death penalty. He has been on hunger strike since 26 December […]

Solidarity group expresses concern over rising US/Iran tensions

6th February 2017 Press Release For Immediate Use Solidarity organisation, the Committee for the Defence of Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR), has expressed concern that the Iranian people will be the main losers in the current war of words between the […]

Trauma and Solidarity: How Firefighters Support Each Other Worldwide

Firefighters in Tehran are receiving messages of support from around the world following yesterday’s catastrophic fire at the famous Plasco building in downtown Tehran, which collapsed killing at least 30 firefighters and an unknown number of other people inside. In […]