Iran rights advocate has been sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment on trumped-up charges of spying

15 August 2018 – One of Iran’s most prominent human rights lawyers has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for criticising the country’s judiciary, according to her family. Lawyers for Iran’s award-winning human rights advocate, Nasrin Sotoudeh, said Wednesday that […]

The US sanctions against Iran step up the threat of war

12th August 2018 The next step in the undeclared war on Iran has been taken by the United States, with the first wave of sanctions imposed last week, following the unilateral withdrawal of the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan […]

A Statement by the Council for Coordination of Teaching Syndicates

The Council for Coordination of Teaching Syndicates has issued a statement protesting the sentence imposed on Mohammad Habibi, a teacher union activist. The council has called the verdict a good example to measure judicial fairness in Iran. The Council has […]

Parliament Impeaches Labor Minister As Economy Deteriorates

Islamic Republic’s parliament gave a no-confidence vote to Labor Minister Ali Rabiei in its August 8 meeting, after giving him a chance to defend his record. This was the second time in six months that parliament was voting on a […]

Rail Workers Vow To Continue Strike Amid Widespread Labor Unrest

A group representing rail workers in Iran has issued as statement promising to continue their strike and protests until their demands are met. The rail workers went on strike July 20 demanding to be paid their overdue wages. They say […]

 

Netanyahu’s Performance Only Proves Exactly Why Iran Nuclear Deal Needs to Remain in Place

CounterPunch by PATRICK COCKBURN The trove of Iranian documents about its nuclear programme presented by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as proof of Tehran’s duplicity contain nothing of substance that was not known before. Though the disclosure was made in order to justify […]

Iran: New evidence reveals deliberate desecration and destruction of multiple mass grave sites

Bulldozing, road construction, mass rubbish dumping and new burial plots used to compromise and destroy mass graves Iranian authorities deliberately eradicating vital forensic evidence that could hamper the rights to truth, justice and reparations At least 4,000-5,000 people secretly buried […]

Iranian teachers’ leader on hunger strike

Jailed Iranian teachers’ leader Esmail Abdi has gone on hunger strike in protest at his continuing unlawful detention and the “massive violations of civil rights of teachers and workers in Iran”. Mr Abdi, of the Trade Association of Teachers in Tehran, was […]

Imprisoned Iranian teacher, Esmail Abdi, to begin hunger strike as of 17th April 2018

Esmail Abdi: “I will start hunger strike in protest against widespread violation of civil rights of teachers and workers.” This spring of 2018 is also the fortieth spring since the revolution, a revolution which promised overcoming dictatorship, establishing democracy, creating […]

Solidarity with hunger strikers demanded

8th April 2018 Press release For immediate use The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has called for the immediate release of hunger striking human rights activists unjustly held in Iranian prisons. Following their arrest without […]

“When God Sleeps”: An Iranian musician critiques his society

Till Schaudner’s new documentary When God Sleeps is a robust, thoughtful account of punk rocker Shahin Najafi’s struggle to have his music and ideas heard despite death threats from the Iranian government. Shahin grew up in a small northern Iranian town near […]

Jailed Iranian teacher wins major solidarity award

1st April 2018 Press release For immediate use The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR), has today welcomed the conferring of an International Solidarity Award upon a jailed Iranian trade unionist by one of the UK’s […]

NASUWT INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY AWARD FOR IRANIAN TEACHERS LEADER

IMMEDIATE 1 APRIL 2018 The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, has today presented its International Solidarity Award to Esmail Abdi at its Annual Conference in Birmingham.   The award was presented to Mr Abdi in recognition of his commitment to fighting for the […]

Iran nuclear deal ‘won’t outlast Trump’s first term’ in office

The Iranian nuclear deal has looked very fragile since the election of Donald Trump in November 2016 but, so far, the U.S. president has been persuaded to leave the agreement alone. That position is not likely to last much longer, […]

UNISON calls for the release of Iranian Trade Union Leader Esmail Abdi

Public sector trade union activists attending the annual International Seminar in Newcastle upon Tyne, 23 – 25 March 2018, called for the release from prison of Esmail Abdi, Iranian teacher trade union leader. Participants in the seminar included International Officers […]