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, […]


‘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 […]

IndustriALL Global Union calls on Government of Iran to immediately release imprisoned union leaders and respect fundamental labour rights

Mr. Hassan Rouhani President Islamic Republic of Iran Email:; Dear Mr. President Hassan Rouhani,   I am writing this letter to you as the General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, which represents more than fifty million workers in mining, energy […]

Whose interests are threatened by Trade Union campaigns

Iran has witnessed the imposition of a wave of unprecedented restrictions on the legitimate trade union activities of workers syndicates since the beginning of this year. On 28 April, MaziarGilani-Nejad, a member of the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI), was summoned to appear beforethe […]

Iran: release imprisoned trade unionists Reza Shahabi and Esmail Abdi

05.09.2017 IndustriALL Global Union has written to the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, demanding an end to the repression of trade unionists, and calling for the release of Reza Shahabi and Esmail Abdi. The Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of […]

The September issue of Iran Today is out now!

Table of contents: NEU declares solidarity with Iranian teachers                                                               […]

Act NOW! Free Reza Shahabi and Esmail Abdi

In Iran, trade unionists are subjected to continued persecution by the authorities. Their trade union rights and civil liberties are denied and trade union leaders are detained for reasons connected with their activities in defence of the interests of workers. […]

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

Reza Shahabi, a well respected member of the Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (SWTSBC) executive committee, has been re-arrested by the security forces in Iran.  Reza Shahabi was originally arrested in June 2010 and sentenced to […]