Monthly Archives: January 2013
Removing Kurdish Language Through Education
While the population of Kurds in Iran is close to seven million, nearly 10% of the total Iranian population, the Kurdish people continue to be systematically isolated and discriminated against. One of the main demands of Iranian Kurds has been to allow them to use the Kurdish language in their education and textbooks. However, since Persian (Farsi) is the only official language of Iran, all official documents, including text and textbooks, must be written in Persian.
One of the impacts of the ban on Kurdish-language educational materials is widespread illiteracy in their native tongue for many Kurdish Iranians.
According to a report by Human Rights Watch, even non-educational Kurdish-language books and publications are targeted in Iran: “The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has targeted publications across the board, with a heavy impact on Kurdish and other local language publications. Now Iranian Kurds have to import Kurdish-language books from Iraqi Kurdistan.”
Kurdish National Congress of North America (KNC-NA):
Call for a thorough investigation into the assassination of three Kurdish women activists in Paris
January 11, 2013
Los Angeles, CA – As members of the Kurdish National Congress of North America (KNC-NA) and the Kurdish Americans of southern California, we will hold a peaceful demonstration in protest to the recent political killing of three Kurdish women activists in Paris.
This protest will start on Monday, January 14, 2013 between the hours of 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM in front of Consulate General of France in 10390 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
One of them, Sakine Cansız, was a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and a key organizer of Kurdish women’s struggles. Fidan Doğan was a successful Kurdish diplomat and Paris representative of the Brussels-based Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) and Leyla Söylemez was a young woman involving in Kurdish youth activism in Europe. During his visit to the crime scene, the French Interior Minister said that the deaths were “without a doubt an execution.” He called it a “totally intolerable act.”
There have been negotiations peace talks between Mr. Abdullah Öcalan, the PKK’s leader who has been imprisoned in the Imrali Island since 1999 and the Turkish authorities toward peace- building.
Many Kurds and analysts view the murders of such magnitude as an attempt to derail peace negotiations. Peace dialogues between the PKK and the Turkish authorities are already fragile. If these murders remain unresolved, peace-building will be an all the more difficult task.
As Kurdish National Congress of North America (KNC-NA), we fully condemn these inhumane and cowardly murders. We demand the French authorities to do a full investigation and bring those responsible to justice as soon as possible.
Kurdish National Congress of North America
P.O.Box 50216, Irvine, CA 92619,
For Immediate Release Contact:
Luqman Barwari (805) 402-6440
Iran: Freedom of Expression and Association in the Kurdish Regions
This 42-page report documents how Iranian authorities use security laws, press laws, and other legislation to arrest and prosecute Iranian Kurds solely for trying to exercise their right to freedom of expression and association. The use of these laws to suppress basic rights, while not new, has greatly intensified since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to power in August 2005.
Get the Report
- Iran: Freedom of Expression and Association in the Kurdish Regions
- Map of Kurdish regions in Iran
- I. Summary
- II. Recommendations to the Government of Iran
- III. Background
- IV. Limits on Freedoms of Expression
- V. Limits on Freedom of Association
- VI. Legal Standards
- Appendix 1
- Appendix 2
- Appendix 3