Written statement of Association of Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran [ Persian occupied Kurdistan] --Geneva ( KMMK-G) on the Effective Participation in Economic Life for the Kurds of Iran to the 3rd Forum on Minority Issues, Geneva, 14-15 December 2010 The Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran would like to draw you attention on the economic discriminations facing the Kurdish People in Iran. While Iranian Kurdistan [Persian occupied Kurdistan] is, in terms of natural resources such as oil, agriculture, and minerals, one of the richest regions of Iran, this area is one of the most discriminated and impoverished of the country. The Islamic Republic of Iran carries out a policy of "dekurdistanisation" since it came to power. Young Kurds are obliged to leave Kurdistan with their families because there is no work. The authorities do not invest in developing enterprises or infrastructures. All the mineral and oil resources are extracted in Kurdistan, but exploited in the other Persian provinces. Furthermore, the archaeological discoveries are usually taken out of the area, impeding its cultural and economical development. Moreover, Gozinesh, is a practice used to marginalizing Kurds by expressly denying them employment in the State sector, as well as in parts of the Private sector. Such process legally impairs equality of opportunity and treatment for all the Kurds who seek job in the Public sector and to a minor extent in the private one. Any state jobs, whether a teacher, a policeman, a shopkeeper or a parliamentary candidate is selected accordingly. It should be emphasized that the State is by far the main employer in iran. State Universities is equally using discriminatory conditions to limit the admission of Kurdish students. This obviously implies a negative impact on their participation in the economic life. The Iranian Kurdistan [ Persian occupied Kurdistan] also suffered badly from the eight years of the Iran-Iraq War and became one of the most mined fields in the Middle East. Nevertheless, the Authorities have neglected it in their de-mining programs, which seriously hamper the development of agriculture and industry Another challenge facing the Kurds in Iran is the use of their own language in the economic life. Under the article 15 of the Iranian Constitution, the official language is Persian. The same article stipulates that the use of regiona and tribal languages is allows in additional to Persian, in the press and mass media, as well as in the schools. However, the mention of regional languages is only a façade, since the Kurdish language is not taught in schools the Kurdish newspapers are regularly closed down and the journalists arrested. In conclusion, the economical discriminations facing the Kurds in Iran call for urgent measures, such as extensive de-mining programs, effective use of the Kurdish language in the Public life and reforming the laws restricting the participation of minorities in the Economic life. It is clear that discriminations against the Kurds will not be improved without consideration of the international community. We therefore urge the United Nations and this forum to address the situation and take effective measures in protecting the human rights of the Kurdish People in Iran [Persian occupied Kurdistan].
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The Iranian government is failing to prevent discrimination against its Kurdish population, Amnesty International says. Below is an article published by Human Rights Digest: Iran's government is failing in its duty to prevent discrimination and human rights abuses against its Kurdish citizens, particularly women, said Amnesty International in a new report published today [31 July 2008]. The organization expressed fears that the repression of Kurdish Iranians, particularly human rights defenders, is intensifying. The report cites examples of religious and cultural discrimination against the estimated 12 million Kurds who live in Iran and form around 15 per cent of the population. It focuses on issues related to housing, education and employment. Human rights defenders and media workers are also being targeted for speaking out. "Iran's constitution provides for equality of all Iranians before the law. But, as our report shows, this is not the reality for Kurds in Iran. The Iranian government has not taken sufficient steps to eliminate discrimination, or to end the cycle of violence against women and punish those responsible," said Amnesty International. The report says that Kurdish women face a double challenge to have their rights recognized — as members of a marginalised ethnic minority, and as women in a predominantly patriarchal society. Although women and girls form the backbone of economic activity in the Kurdish areas, strict social codes are used to justify denial of their human rights. Such codes mean that it can be very difficult for government officials to investigate inequalities in girls' education, early and forced marriages, and domestic violence against Kurdish girls and women — and the severe consequences of some of these abuses, including "honour killings" and suicide. "Kurdish women are victims of violence on a daily basis and face discrimination from state officials, groups or individuals, including family members. Iranian authorities are obliged to exercise due diligence in eradicating violence against women in the home and in the community but this just isn't happening," Amnesty International said. The report Iran: Human rights abuses against the Kurdish minority recognizes that while expression of Kurdish culture, such as dress and music, is generally respected and that the Kurdish language is used in some broadcasts and publications, the Kurdish minority continues to suffer deep-rooted discrimination. Recent cases have highlighted particular human rights violations involving Kurds: To read more : http://www.unpo.org/article/8462 Also read: UN anti-racism panel finds Iran discriminating against Kurds, Arabs, other ethnic minorities 28.8.2010 http://www.ekurd.net/mismas/articles/misc2010/8/irankurd648.htm DISCRIMINATION AGAINST KURDISH IRANIANS UNCHECKED AND ON THE RISE http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/report/discrimination-against-kurdish-iranians-unchecked-and-rise-20080730 Racism by the Islamic Republic of Iran http://my.telegraph.co.uk/actuality/realdeal/15813544/racism-by-the-islamic-republic-of-iran/
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The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan(Kurdish: پارتی ژیانی ئازادی کوردستان or Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistanê or PJAK, also known in English as Free Life Party of Kurdistan, Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan, and sometimes referred to as PEJAK), is a militant Marxist Kurdish nationalist group with bases in the mountainous regions of southern Kurdistan , which has been carrying out numerous attacks in persian occupied Kurdistan or eastern Kurdistan , Turkish occupied Kurdistan in Turkey and the northeastern parts of Syria where the Kurdish populations live. According to the New York Times, the PJAK shares the same leadership and logistics of the PKK militants in Turkey, as well as allegiance to its leader, Abdullah Öcalan, but unlike the PKK fights Iranian government forces rather than the Turkish government ones. Both groups share the same command structure, and are members of Kurdistan Democratic Confederation (Koma Civakên Kurdistan or KCK), an umbrella group of insurgent Kurdish groups. The PJAK'S estimated 3,000 members come from Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and the Kurdish diaspora.The present leader of the organisation is Haji Ahmadi. According to the Washington Times, half the members of PJAK are women.The group actively recruits female guerrillas and boasts that its "cruelest and fiercest fighters" are women drawn to the movement's "radical feminism". PJAK is a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Confederation (Koma Civakên Kurdistan or KCK), which is an alliance of outlawed Kurdish groups and divisions led by an elected Executive Council. The KCK is in charge of a number of decisions under the movement, and often, release press statements on behalf of its members. PJAK also has sub-divisions. PJAK's armed-wing has been named by the organization as the Eastern Kurdistan Forces (Hêzên Rojhilata Kurdistan or HRK). PJAK also has a women's branch, dedicated to serving women's interests within the group and women interests in general, called Yerjerika. PJAK killed 24 members of Iranian security forces on the April 3, 2006, in retaliation for the killing of 10 Kurds demonstrating in Maku by Iranian security forces.Istanbul's Cihan News Agency claims that over 120 members of the Iranian security forces were killed by PJAK during 2005. PJAK set off a bomb on 8 May 2006 in Kermanshah, wounding five members of Iranian officials at a government building. As early as mid-2006, the Iranian security forces have confronted PJAK guerrillas in many different occasions along the border inside Iranian occupied Kurdistan. PJAK claims its guerrillas fight inside Iran, and in August 2007, managed to destroy an Iranian military helicopter that was conducting a forward operation of bombardment by Iranian forces. On April 24, 2009, PJAK rebels attacked a police station in Kermanshah province. According to Iranian government sources, 48 policemen and 4 rebels were killed in a fierce gun battle. Iran responded a week later by attacking Kurdish villages in the boder area of Panjwin inside Iraq using helicopter gunships. According to Iraqi border guards officials, the area attacked by Iran was not considered a stronghold of PJAK , that appeared to have been the target of the raid. According to the ICRC, more than 800 Iraqi Kurds have been forced from their homes by the recent cross-border violence. The Iranian government blames the PJAK for sabotage attacks on gas pipelines and ambushing its troops.
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chanting " death to the Islamic republic of Iran".
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