Labor Rights

September 5, 2016

Labor Activists Put on Trial After Hundreds of Workers Protest Unpaid Wages

Labor Activists Put on Trial After Hundreds of Workers Protest Unpaid Wages Labor activists Jafar Azimzadeh and Shapour Ehsani-Rad have been put on trial for allegedly inciting workers to strike. The first day of their trial was held on August 29, 2016 at Branch 101 of the Second Criminal Court in the city of Saveh, 76 miles southwest of Tehran.  “This case doesn’t have any legal foundation,” an […]... read more
July 14, 2016

New Law Reduces Employment Prospects for Women in Iran

New Law Reduces Employment Prospects for Women in Iran Iran’s Parliament has ratified an amended law that reduces the working hours of female employees with certain family obligations by eight hours per week. Although the law requires employers to pay these women full-time wages, rights advocates say the law will harm the employment prospects of women entering the job market and reduce the job security […]... read more
July 8, 2016

Labor Rights Activists Detained Incommunicado in Iranian Kurdish City of Sanandaj

Labor Rights Activists Detained Incommunicado in Iranian Kurdish City of Sanandaj Labor rights activists Hashem Rostami and Mozaffar Salehinia have been imprisoned in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran’s Kordestan Province, for more than two weeks without charge or access to a lawyer, informed sources told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “A one-month detention order has been issued for Hashem Rostami and he is […]... read more
July 6, 2016

Ailing Political Prisoner Temporarily Released and Promised Retrial Shortly After Judiciary’s Harsh Refusal

Ailing Political Prisoner Temporarily Released and Promised Retrial Shortly After Judiciary’s Harsh Refusal Imprisoned labor activist Jafar Azimzadeh was temporarily released on “extendable furlough” on June 30, 2016 and promised a retrial three days after judicial authorities publicly refused to look into his case following a debilitating hunger strike that left him hospitalized. “We will not do anything for Jafar Azimzadeh and whatever the hell happens to him, […]... read more
July 5, 2016

Teacher’s Rights Champion Beaten and Slapped with New Charge after He Attempts to Visit Political Prisoner

Teacher’s Rights Champion Beaten and Slapped with New Charge after He Attempts to Visit Political Prisoner A little over a week after teachers’ rights activist Rassoul Bodaghi was conditionally released from prison on April 29, 2016, he was charged with “insulting the supreme leader” and now faces up to three more years in jail. “Bodaghi had gone to the hospital to visit [current political prisoner] Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi [on May 8, […]... read more
July 5, 2016

Teachers’ Rights Activist Could Face Three Years in Prison for Visiting Political Prisoner

Teachers’ Rights Activist Could Face Three Years in Prison for Visiting Political Prisoner A little over a week after teachers’ rights activist Rassoul Bodaghi was conditionally released from prison on April 29, 2016, he was charged with “insulting the supreme leader” and now faces up to three more years in jail. “Bodaghi had gone to the hospital to visit [current political prisoner] Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi [on May 8, […]... read more
June 24, 2016

Labor Rights Activist in Critical Condition After 50-Day Hunger Strike

Labor Rights Activist in Critical Condition After 50-Day Hunger Strike Prominent leftist scholar Noam Chomsky has called for Jafar Azimzadeh’s release Labor rights activist Jafar Azimzadeh is in critical condition in Evin Prison after enduring a wet hunger strike for more than 50 days, his wife, Akram Rahimpour, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  “I’m worried about him. His vision and hearing […]... read more
June 21, 2016

Commentary: Iran’s Foreign Minister Toes the Supreme Leader’s Line on Human Rights

Commentary: Iran’s Foreign Minister Toes the Supreme Leader’s Line on Human Rights ICHRI– When Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently tried to side-step questions about the country’s abysmal human rights record, he yet again exposed his government’s inability—or reluctance—to face the issue even though President Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to improve it.  At a press conference in Norway on June 13, 2016, […]... read more
June 17, 2016

Iran’s Judiciary Evades Responsibility for Lashing Sentences against Striking Miners

Iran’s Judiciary Evades Responsibility for Lashing Sentences against Striking Miners After a month-long silence amid widespread condemnation of the decision by Iran’s Judiciary to intervene in a local labor dispute and punish 17 protesting mine workers with lashing sentences, the Judiciary’s spokesperson has finally spoken out by evading responsibility for the ruling. “It is possible that the judge’s taste does not match ours in some […]... read more
June 10, 2016

Executive Summary

This report by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran seeks to shine a spotlight on the inmates of the Women’s Ward at Iran’s Evin Prison. It is based on testimonies and eyewitness accounts by prisoners in the ward, which were confirmed by recently released prisoners and family members of the ward’s prisoners. At […]... read more
June 6, 2016

New Iranian Bill Aims to Keep Women Out of Workforce

New Iranian Bill Aims to Keep Women Out of Workforce A bill that would reduce the working hours of female employees, which was passed in the last days of Iran’s outgoing Parliament on May 10, 2016, is as an attempt by the state to “bring the ‘out-of-control half of society’ back under its control,” a women’s studies expert told the International Campaign for Human Rights […]... read more
May 31, 2016

Iranian Gold Miners Lashed for Protesting Layoffs

Iranian Gold Miners Lashed for Protesting Layoffs Seventeen miners in northwestern Iran have been lashed on orders of the Judiciary after their employer sued them for protesting the firing of hundreds of their colleagues, the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) reported on May 25, 2016.  In December 2014, miners at the Agh Darreh gold mine in West Azerbaijan Province protested in […]... read more