Removing Kurdish Language Through Education

Removing Kurdish Language Through Education

cartoon_40_Kurdish WomenJanuary 19, 2013

iranhumanrights.org

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.”

About Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran(kacdhri)

Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran On November 2005 a group of Kurdish-Americans decided to organize a committee to work on Kurdish issues in Iran and to build a relationship among Iranian opposition groups toward democracy in Iran. The following points clarified a need for organizing and helping the Iranian political parties to come together and to start coordinating their efforts We considered that: 1. Iran is not a homogeneous ethnic society and formidable Iranian opposition parties are aligned with separate ethnic groups. 2. Persians are a minority who has been the dominating power since the end of WWI and all other minority groups have revolted at some point during the 20th century and continue to do so in this century. 3.Kurdish struggle for human rights and self-determination is the longest and most mature democratic national movement in Iran, the only one to have developed a constitution for a democratic society (The Republic of Kurdistan, Mahabad 1947). 4. We considered that any political opposition to the Islamic regime without the involvement of Turkmans, Baluoch, Azeri, Kurd and Arab groups would fail. 5. Almost all Persian nationalist parties have vowed to side with the Islamic regime to “fight” minority groups and democracy. Based on the above ideas and considerations, Kurdish Americans from Iran organized a Committee for Democracy on December 2005. “Kurdish American Committee for democracy in Iran” had a sense of obligation to take an active role in organizing the Iranian opposition groups by:

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