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Nahid Khodajou

Nahid Khodajou

Free Union Workers of Iran (FUWI)

Nahid Khodajou is a labour rights worker form the Kurdistan Province in Iran and has been engaged in human rights work and political activism since the 1980s.

Nahid Khodajou is a member of the Board of Directors of the Free Union of Iranian Workers and was heavily involved in the organization of the campaign to raise the minimum wage in Iran in 2011. The campaign sought to increase minimum wages in accordance with the inflation rate so as workers could provide for their families. The petition was signed by approximately 40,000 signatures and submitted to the Iranian parliament in December 2012.


Hope for political reform in Iran surfaced when President Hassan Rouhani assumed office in 2013 and dozens of opposition political figures and human rights defenders were released. However, violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and movement of HRDs continue to be prevalent.