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.