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: 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 […]

Iran: Stoning writer rearrested as Revolutionary Guards block review of her conviction

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:00:00 AM Iranian human rights defender and writer Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, sentenced to six years in prison for writing a story about the cruel practice of stoning, was rearrested on Sunday and […]