Iranian group calls for world protests as arrests mount

Ibrahim Yazdi, the leader of the nationalist Iran’s Freedom Movement and the first Iranian foreign minister after the 1979 revolution, was arrested early Dec. 28. The arrest followed those of Mehdi Arabshahi, a leader of the Tahkim Vahdat, the powerful national student movement, and Mohammad Moein, the son of Mostafa Moein, a former minister of higher education and reformist candidate in the 2005 presidential election. Many others have also been arrested. The authorities have confirmed the arrests of 300 opposition activists Dec. 27.

There are widespread fears that the regime will attempt to arrest more leaders and activists of the protest movement in the coming days. Pressure is mounting upon the regime, following recent protests on the festival of Ashura on Dec. 27.

Reacting to this, Jamshid Ahmadi, assistant general secretary of CODIR (Committee for the Defence of Iranian People’s Rights), said in a statement Monday:

“The theocratic regime, caught by surprise by the numerical strength and radical slogans of the protest demonstrations in recent days, is resorting to extremely suppressive measures. The regime has ordered the disabling of the mobile phone networks and today the Internet system is malfunctioning.”

CODIR is calling on people across the world to protest the killing of demonstrators in Iran. Ahmadi said, “We call for the release of all those arrested and an end to all attempts to intimidate protesters demanding democracy and human rights. We also call for an immediate reinstatement of the communication network.”

Ahmadi further called on the labor and trade union movement across the world to protest to the Iranian regime over its brutal policies.

“We should remind the theocratic regime in Iran about its obligations under the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of which Iran is a signatory,” Ahmadi said.

CODIR, established in 1981 and based in London, has campaigned to expose human rights abuses in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It works closely with the trade union movement in the UK, the peace movement, all major political parties and Amnesty International to press the case for an end to torture in Iran’s prisons.

CODIR has published Iran Today, its quarterly journal, since 1981, explaining developments in Iran and the most effective ways for world public opinion to demonstrate solidarity with the people of Iran.

In recent years CODIR has worked closely with Britain’s Stop the War Coalition and has been vocal against any form of foreign intervention in the internal affairs of Iran.

Among CODIR’s supporters are former left Labour Party MP Tony Benn, and leaders of the UNISON and FBU unions.

More information is available at its web site or via e-mail to

Photo: (AP) This photo, taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran shows Iranian protestors flashing the victory sign, as they cover their faces to avoid to be identified by government security agents, during an anti-government protest in Tehran, Dec. 27. As a result of an official Iranian government ban on foreign media covering some events in Iran, the AP was prevented from independent access to this event.




Committee for Defence of Iranian Peoples Rights
Committee for Defence of Iranian Peoples Rights

CODIR was established in 1981 by a group of British labor and trade union activists in collaboration with Iranian democrats living in exile in the UK. It is based in London.

The main aim of the organization is to provide truthful and unbiased information and analysis about the reality of life in Iran.

CODIR campaigned against the eight year fratricidal Iran-Iraq war. It has also worked hard against the brutal suppression of human rights and other abuses committed by the regime in Iran.

CODIR campaigns have won the support of many progressive MPs, MEPs, trade unions and Trades Councils in the UK. CODIR enjoys the widest support among trade unions in the UK with UNISON, FBU, Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, USDAW, BECTU, the Scottish TUC, TGWU London region, Scottish TGWU and Scottish UNISON being on the list of its affiliates for many years.

CODIR has published Iran Today, its quarterly journal, since 1981, explaining the latest developments in Iran.



  • There have been several CIA/USA State Department
    ” Color Revolutions” in the last 10 years. In Georgia, the Ukraine, Socialist Yugoslavia, Kyrgyzstan…etc. The coup in Venezuela was similar ( NGOs) funded by State Department but without colour…is there proof that the Iranian “green revolution” is NOT a CIA inspired counter revolution? Reports I’ve read is that the working class supports the present elected president and the green forces are the Iranian bourgoise ( north Tehran) with some working class non-secular allies opposed to theocracy.

    The question then is, should the Iranian socialist forces and those abroad, ally themselves with the Iranian bourgoise and their class allies in the west ( CIA, US State Department, UK government) as they seem to have done?

  • Why is it questionable to Cassio that Iranian people have rights?
    The reasoning about his putting two and two together to get the C.I.A. makes little sense. Is he saying CODIR is a C.I.A. group?
    This trade union and human rights activist group is not that. It has a history to disprove such guesses and contentions.
    The solidarity and unity of trade unionists and human rights activists and peace seekers must remain solid if we would have a sane world.
    The war machinations of the U.S. vis a vis Iran and the grouping of working people,trade unionists,and human rights activists,all,with the backwards reactionary regime in Iran can only lead to confusion.
    Democratic forces,represented by the human rights and labor rights advocates.alongside the Communist Party in Iran have to be supported because human rights denied anywhere are human rights denied everywhere.
    What’s behind all the protests is the massive arrests and the brutal human rights transgressions,violating the U.N. Charter.


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