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 […]

 

Iran: Mass hunger strike by political prisoners in protest at inhumane conditions

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 22 August 2017 More than a dozen political prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, have gone on hunger strike in protest at the cruel, inhuman and degrading conditions they have been forced to endure at a maximum-security […]

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

The Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Vahed Company Syndicate) – SWTSBC – has released statements dated 8th, 9th and 12th August reporting the continued harrassment of Reza Shahabi, a well respected member of their union’s executive […]

‘We hate the headscarf’: can women find freedom in Tehran’s female-only parks?

Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public “I love to take off my headscarf,” says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from […]

A dialogue about Islamophobia

The representative of CODIR-Canada was invited to attend a “dialogue” on June 15, 2017 for a consultation to identify the causes and effects of anti-Muslim bias and Islamophobia, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This event was organized by the Committee of […]

Iran Is Next On Trump’s Regime-Change Agenda

Recent soundbites from Washington give cause for concern about the prospects for peaceful resolution of conflicts in the Middle East, says JANE GREEN On May 21 Donald Trump, during his first international trip as President, delivered from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, […]

Maryam Mirzakhani: Iranian newspapers break hijab taboo in tributes

The Guardian, 16 July 2017 Tehran front pages run photographs of mathematician without head covering, showing her prominence overrode rules Iran’s state-run newspapers on Sunday broke with the country’s strict rules on female dress to show the mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani […]

Haft Tapeh sugar workers in Iran are fighting for their wages, pensions and rights!

Workers at the giant Haft Tapeh sugar cane plantation and mill complex in the southern city of Shush have always had to fight for their wages and their rights. In 2008, workers formed an independent union – affiliated to the […]

REVEAL WHEREABOUTS OF FOUR KURDISH MEN

AI-Index: MDE 13/6734/2017 Four men from Iran’s Kurdish minority have been subjected to enforced disappearance since their arrests on 23 and 24 June. The authorities have refused to provide any information to their families about their fate or whereabouts. The men, […]

IMPRISONED IRANIAN ACTIVIST MUST BE RELEASED

URGENT ACTION IMPRISONED IRANIAN ACTIVIST MUST BE RELEASED Iranian human rights defender Omid Alishenas has been detained in Tehran’s Evin prison in poor conditions for more than six months. He is serving a seven-year prison sentence for his peaceful human […]

UNISON, Britain’s largest trade union for public sector workers, supports human and democratic rights in Iran

On the occasion of UNISON’s annual National Conference, 18 to 23 June, activists of the Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR)  organised a colourful and informative stall complete with a diverse range of CODIR’s publications and […]