CODIR at UNISON 2018 National Conference, 17-22 June, Brighton

For the fourth year in a row, a CODIR delegation consisting of Jamshid Ahmadi, Assistant General Secretary; Liz Payne, Campaign Officer; and David Maguey, attended the UNISON National Delegate Conference and held a successful information stand at the Conference Centre.  […]

Iran: Outspoken lawyer arrested after protesting the execution of her client

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL QUOTE Responding to the arrest of Zeynab Taheri, the lawyer of Mohammad Salas, the 51-year-old Sufi bus driver who was executed on Monday morning after a grossly unfair trial, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the […]

Iranian authorities beat and detain protesting steel workers

15.06.2018 Iranian security forces arrested and imprisoned dozens of workers on 12 June who were protesting against months of unpaid wages. The police and security forces attacked the workers from the National Iranian Steel Industrial Company in Ahvaz city after they […]

We condemn the threatening and summoning by the security forces of the steel workers!

We have been informed that the security forces in the city of Ahvaz have this week summoned seven steel workers – including Mustafa Abyat, Amin Alvani, Karim Sayyahi, Hassan Hamoodi, Tariq Khalafi, Peyman Shajrati and Meytham (Meysam?) Ghanavati – to […]

Suppression is not going to solve the crisis!

The current year started amidst a worsening situation for the workers and escalating unrest with the ruling regime continuing to ignore the compounding crisis. To silence the voice of those reacting to the mounting crisis, they have arrested teachers; allowed […]

 

“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 […]

Bolton’s appointment is bad news for the Iranian people

JANE GREEN assesses the implications of the return of the rightwinger for Iran, its protesting workers, the nuclear deal and the Middle East DURING the administration of George W Bush, the under secretary of state for arms control, one John […]

CODIR warns against the threat of a new war- The Untold Story of John Bolton’s Campaign for War With Iran

Everyone knows Bolton is a hawk. Less understood is how he labored in secret to drive Washington and Tehran apart. By GARETH PORTER • March 22, 2018 In my reporting on U.S.-Israeli policy, I have tracked numerous episodes in which the United States […]

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 […]