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Oct 04, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: Increased Pressure Imposed on Supporters of the Iraqi Kurdistan Referendum

This article below was published by Kurdish Human Rights Network. In the past few days, Iranian security forces have arrested several Kurdish citizens in various cities of Kurdistan where there is also high security alert due to the widespread presence of anti-riot and plain-clothes forces.According to the latest reports received by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), following a gathering...

Oct 04, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: Increased Pressure Imposed...

Photo courtesy of KHRN On 29 September 2017, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network denounces the continuous arrests of Iranian Kurdistan citizens in various cities. Iranian Security forces were sent to Kurdish...

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Sep 22, 2017

UNPO Side-Event to the 36th Session of the UNHRC:...

The conference was opened and moderated by Mr Fernando Burgés, UNPO Programme Manager, who underlined common misconceptions that some politicians and the Western media have on Iran, most notably,...

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Sep 20, 2017

HRC SIDE-EVENT: ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES IN IRAN...

Despite his campaign promises, President Hassan Rohani has not fulfilled Iran´s obligations to respect human rights. On the contrary, under his government the ongoing marginalisation of ethnic minorities...

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Sep 15, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: Human Rights Groups Decry Murders...

Below is an article published by Kurdistan 24  In a joint statement presented to the United Nations, Kurdish and international rights groups urged Iran to stop killing and detaining Kurdish civilians. Ensemble...

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Sep 11, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: Crackdown on Peaceful Demonstrators...

This article was published by the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan: Over the past few days, several demonstrations took place in the Kurdistan area of Iran, leading to several injured and detained by...

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Sep 06, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: Protest Arise Following The...

The article was published by Rudaw.net   In wake of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards killing two Kurdish porters for carrying goods across the Iran-Kurdistan Region border, a large number of people...

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Aug 24, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: Poverty Decreases Educational...

Below is an article published by KMMK: According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, more than 40 female students have left school in the new year of 2017, in Bijar, east of Kurdistan,...

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Aug 04, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: Number of Kurdish Porters Killed...

Below is an article published by NRT A total of 21 Kurdish kolbars (porters) have fallen victim in a one-month period near the Iranian border due to coming under fire by Iranian security forces, the Iranian-Kurdistan...

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Jul 14, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: Detained Komala Party Member...

Below is an article published by Kurdistan24: Kurdish Peshmerga shot and arrested by Iranian guards has lost a kidney under torture and might lose his life, family told Kurdistan24. On June 23 [2017],...

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Jul 03, 2017

UNPO Condemns Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’...

    The article below was published by The Center for Human Rights in Iran:  Four relatives of a member of a Kurdish militant organization who was recently shot in a clash with the Islamic...

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Jun 28, 2017

UNPO’s XIII General Assembly Adopts Resolution...

Resolution on Iranian Kurdistan to the UNPO XIII General Assembly    The political and security situation in Iran has in many respects worsened during the past couple of years, especially when...

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May 23, 2017

Hudson Institute Conference Highlights Urgency...

  After welcoming the event’s speakers and participants, the conference’s host, Eric B. Brown, opened the event by pointing out that Iran is an ethno-religious mosaic which includes...

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May 16, 2017

UNPO and Hudson Institute Co-Organise Conference...

Iran is an ethno-religious mosaic that includes Persian Shia in addition to a diversity of minority groups such as Azerbaijani Turks, Ahwazi, Baloch, and Kurds. Many non-Persians have felt politically...

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May 09, 2017

BPP’s Nasser Boladai’s Outlook on the 2017...

  Find below an article published by Nasser Boladai (UNPO, BPP): Iran’s political system discriminates against its citizen based on a variety of criteria, such as gender, religious affiliation,...

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Apr 24, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: Tehran Executes 27 Kurds in...

  This article has been published by NRT The Kurdistan Human Rights Association said the government of Iran had executed 30 people in 2016 for political and security reasons, 27 of them Kurds. The...

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Apr 04, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: Report Points to Increasing...

  Below is an article published by Rudaw:   Sixty-four kolbar, Kurdish cross-border porters, “the poorest among Iran’s most poor Kurds,” lost their lives in 2016, according...

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Mar 10, 2017

Iran: Swiss Parliament Conference Raises Awareness...

  The article below was published by the Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation: Wednesday 8th of March (2017), Human rights organisations and political parties representing nationalities in Iran held...

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Mar 01, 2017

EU Sets Human Rights Priorities for 2017

This year, the Council of the EU promises to engage in facilitating the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives in meetings of relevant UN bodies. This certainly underpins the work that...

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Mar 01, 2017

Ahwazi, Iranian Kurdistan & West Balochistan:...

Below is an article published by the Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation: The Middle East Forum for Development co-organised a panel event on 27th of February together with the All-Party Parliamentary Human...

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Feb 17, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: PDKI Supports Pan-Kurdish Solidarity...

Below is an article published by the RUDAW: Representatives from the four parts of greater Kurdistan came together to take part in a Kurdish conference in Moscow, discussing the future of the nation...

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Feb 14, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: Activists Launch Social Media...

  Below is an article published by Rudaw: Iranian Kurds launched a social media campaign on Friday calling for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to be declared a terrorist organization. ` “It...

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Feb 09, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: Kolbar Questioned by Iranian...

  The following article was published by Rudaw:   A Kurdish kolbar, porters carrying goods on their backs across the Kurdistan Region-Iran border, was questioned by Iranian intelligence officials...

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Feb 06, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: PEN Intl Urges Turkey to Release...

Below is an article published by Kurdistan 24: An international organization on Friday [3 February 2017] urged Turkey to release a Kurdish-Iranian writer and his friend who were visiting the Kurdistan...

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Jan 19, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: Two Activist Writers Detained...

The article below was published by Kurdistan24: Turkish authorities arrested two Kurdish activists from Iranian Kurdistan while they were at a cafe in Mardin, PEN Kurdish reported on Monday. Sajad Jahanfard...

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Jan 19, 2017

HRW World Report 2017 Reminds Global Community...

According to the World Report’s emphasis, the most egregious human rights violations against indigenous populations in 2016 can be seen in the crackdowns on Oromo in Ethiopia, the lingering human...

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Jan 11, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan/Southern Azerbaijan: Ayatollah...

The article below was published by Kurdistan24: TEHRAN, Iran (Kurdistan24) – A funeral turned into an opportunity to voice dissent on Tuesday as an estimated two million gathered on the streets...

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Jan 09, 2017

Iranian Kurdistan: Is an Independent Nation Taking...

  The following article was published by Catch News:   Walking around the streets of Erbil, an Iraqi city with close to half a million inhabitants, strong cues of the birth of a new nation...

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Dec 15, 2016

UNPO Organises Meeting with European Parliament...

Ms Mona Silavi from the Democratic Solidarity Party of al-Ahwaz (DSPA) reported about the suffering of the Arabs in Ahwaz, in the South West of Iran. Even though their region provides more than 90% of...

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Dec 14, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: MP Denounces Iranian Government’s...

  Below is an article published by Kurdistan 24: A Kurdish representative in the Iranian parliament stated that the government has not kept their promise to provide services in the Kurdish...

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Dec 10, 2016

Democracy and Rule of Law Are Human Rights

  On international Human Rights Day, UNPO reiterates its commitment to the promotion of democracy, rule of law, and human rights everywhere. The first United Nations Forum on Human Rights, Democracy...

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Nov 23, 2016

The Role of Women in the Middle East

Speakers from UNPO and the Rojhalat Women’s Organisation gave their views on "the role of women in the Middle East: how to obtain more rights for women and build up a better democracy". Moira Holden...

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Nov 21, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Justice Sought for Victims...

The article below is courtesy of The Metro: Having had five relatives executed, Omid knows better than most what justice for the thousands killed in Iran in 1988 could bring. The teenager’s...

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Oct 19, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: No Future for Human Rights...

Below is an article published by the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan: The Progressive Alliance organized a Parliamentarian Conference on 17-18 October 2016 at the European Parliament in Brussels...

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Oct 14, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Child Bride Faces Death Pe...

  Below is an article published by Rudaw: An Iranian Kurdish child bride who is accused of killing her abusive husband faces “imminent execution” as early as October 13, though she...

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Oct 11, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Protesters Call for Release...

Below is an article published by the National Council of Resistance of Iran: The clerical regime’s security forces arrested five protesters and organizers of the rally in Marivan (Kurdistan, western...

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Oct 06, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Local Activists Condemn Oppressive...

The article below is courtesy of ARA news Hundreds of Kurds took to the street in western Iran on Tuesday to protest against what they called the “oppressive practices” of Iranian authorities.  Activists...

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Sep 13, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Release of Prominent Local...

The article below is published by rudaw.net A Kurdish journalist and activist, jailed in Iran for being an enemy of God, has been released after spending ten years in jail. Adnan Hassanpour was arrested...

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Sep 02, 2016

How the Iranian Opposition can Unite and Win

Below you can find the English translation of the original Arabic text published in Ashargh Al-Awsat:   By Karim Abdian, PhD* For the past 37 years, the Iranian regime has cleverly been able to...

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Aug 31, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Negligent Ignorance by International...

  Below is an article published by Rudaw:  Earlier this month Iran executed at least two dozen political prisoners on various charges of activities against the regime or membership in extremist...

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Aug 25, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Victims Tortured Prior to Execution,...

The article below is published by The Tower The families of 25 Kurdish prisoners who were executed by Iran earlier this month told an Iranian human rights organization that their relatives’...

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Aug 17, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Kurdish Weightlifter Wins Gold...

  Below is an article published by Rudaw:  Kianoush Rostami, a Kurdish weightlifter from Iran, has won his country’s first gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games by beating his own previous...

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Aug 09, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: UN Deems Recent Wave of Executions...

The article below is published by Rudaw The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the execution of Kurdish prisoners in Iran as a “grave injustice.” “The application of overly...

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Aug 04, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Political Activists Executed...

  Below is an article published by Ara News: The Iranian authorities executed a number of Kurdish activists accused of involvement in terrorist activities, local sources said on Wednesday [3 August...

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Jul 29, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Political Parties Look to EU...

The statement below is from the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan Last week, several Kurdish political parties (including and on the initiative of Komala) submitted a request to the commission of foreign...

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Jul 27, 2016

Iran: Number of Executions of Opposition Activists...

  Below is an article published by ARA News:  The Iranian regime has executed dozens of opposition activists across the country by hanging them to death in public squares, local sources reported...

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Jul 12, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: PDKI Calls for Peaceful Strike...

  Photo courtesy of Rudaw. Below is an article published by Rudaw:  The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) has asked the public, members and supporters across Iranian Kurdistan to mark...

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Jul 08, 2016

UNPO Roundly Condemns Iranian Military Aggression...

  Clashes between the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI)’s Peshmerga Forces and Iran’s IRGC have erupted on 15 June and further escalated into a full-scale war waged by Iran...

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Jul 06, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: PDKI Condemns Recent Iranian...

Below is an article published by pdki.org The IRGC has shelled villages and senior Iranian military officials have threatened to target refugee camps and civilians in southern (Iraqi) Kurdistan. PDKI...

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Jun 27, 2016

Discrimination of Minorities in Iran Worse Since...

  Photo courtesy of Ahwaz News. Below is an article published by Ahwaz News: Ethnic rights in Iran gained a high level congressional audience this week as Ahwazi Arab lobbyist Dr Karim Abdian led...

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Jun 27, 2016

Situation of Iran’s Minorities Raised at 6th...

  Photo courtesy of Abolition Now:  Below is the speech of Ms Monireh Shirani: Ethnic minorities have long suffered discrimination as they have been viewed with suspicion and considered outsiders...

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Jun 23, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: PDKI Leader Addresses Kurdish...

Below is an article published by PDKI.org Against the backdrop of heavy clashes between PDKI’s Peshmerga Forces and Iran’s terrorist paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in...

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Jun 17, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Far from Being Treated Equ...

  Below is an article by Al Arabiya: While the West mainly views Iran through the prism of the nuclear deal – reached between P5+1 and the Islamic Republic – as well as the resulting...

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Jun 09, 2016

AHRO and Ibn Khaldun Center Organise Symposium...

Other speakers include: -      Keynote Address by Mehrangiz Kar, Prominent Iranian lawyer, human rights activist and author of Crossing the Red Line -     ...

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Jun 09, 2016

Ahwaz: Iranian Interior Minister Recognises Social...

Photo courtesy of Ahwaz News.  Below is an article published by Ahwaz News: Ahwaz has this week been singled out by Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli as one of three cities in Iran facing...

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May 27, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Imprisoned Human Rights Activist...

  Below is an article published by Payvand: Source: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand, a prominent Kurdish human rights activist who is in his ninth...

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May 24, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Activists Publicly Executed...

  Photo courtesy of AraNews. Below is the report published by AraNews: Authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran executed five Kurdish rights activists in the northwestern Urmia city, officials...

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Apr 29, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Iran Condemned by UN for Refusing...

  Photo courtesy of Kurdistan24.  Below is an article published by Kurdistan24:    A group of human rights experts warned on Wednesday that a large number of political prisoners...

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Apr 26, 2016

Iranian Clampdown Sees Youths Detained

  Below is an article published by the National Council for Resistance of Iran: NCRI - According to reports received from Iran, the clerical regime has resorted to widespread arrests in Ahwaz and...

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Apr 15, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Armed Struggle Not the Answer...

  Below is an opinion piece published by Rudaw: An Iranian Kurdish leader once said of their armed struggle in Iran that they used to sneak into villages in the middle of the night, gather everyone...

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Apr 13, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Rappers in Germany Help Teenagers...

  Photo courtesy of Rudaw. Below is an article published by Rudaw:     For Kurdish teens growing up in Germany, it was hard to find idols like athletes and musicians to look up...

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Mar 29, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Several Arrests During Newroz...

  This article was published by Payvand Iran News.  Kordpa reported on Thursday March 24 that at least 20 activists in Kurdish regions of Iran were arrested on the last day of the Iranian calendar...

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Mar 22, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: PDKI Leader Reiterates Commitment...

  Photo courtesy of Rudaw. Below is an article published by Rudaw:    The leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party-Iran (KDP-I) says the party has decided to move its Peshmarga forces...

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Mar 09, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Kurds Condemn Attacks on Yarsan...

  Below is an article published by Kurdistan 24 News: Kurds continue to condemn the attacks on the holy site of the Yarsan faith after they were denied a permit to hold a peaceful protest on Sunday...

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Feb 08, 2016

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Feb 08, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: PDKI and KDP-I to re-unite...

Photo courtesy by pdki.org    Here is an article published by: rudaw.net   A day after it held its party congress in the city of Koya the Kurdistan Democratic Party (of Iran) has been...

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Feb 05, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Environmental Group Wins Award...

  Below is an article by Rudaw,    An Iranian Kurdish environmental organization has been awarded by Iran's National Elite Foundation for its work to protect Lake Zrebar in Mariwan.  The...

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Jan 27, 2016

'Let's Argue Only Once We Have a Parliament...

UNPO President Mr Nasser Boladai, also spokesperson of the Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran (CNFI) and of the Balochistan People’s Party (BPP), expressed concern on the isolation of the...

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Jan 25, 2016

UNPO Announces House of Commons Conference: 'Iran's...

The conference will bring together activists, representatives of Kurdish political parties, academics, British politicians and policy advisers, students and other interested parties. The event will analyse...

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Jan 20, 2016

Iranian Kudistan: Tehran Rejects High Number of...

  Below is an article by Rudaw   Iranian authorities have rejected the candidacy of many who have applied for parliamentary elections next month, endorsing only six reformist candidates –...

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Jan 06, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Alarming Rates of Executions...

  Below is an article published by Rudaw: At least 24 people from various parts of the country were executed in Iran last week, according to official media. The Iranian judicial authorities announced...

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Dec 14, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Recognition of Activists on...

  Below is an article published by Rudaw: Dec 10, the International Day of Human Rights came and went almost unnoticed. The historic occasion marks the day when in 1948 the United Nations General...

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Dec 09, 2015

International Relations Students Visit UNPO

UNPO was happy to receive this large number of enthusiastic young people in order to acquaint them with the situation of unrepresented and marginalised nations and peoples. The UNPO Treasurer Jeroen Zandberg...

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Dec 09, 2015

Visit to Dutch Parliament

The visit was provided by members of a political party in parliament: the Vrijzinnige Partij. The parliamentarian of the Party welcomed the participants and during a meeting they were able to share experiences...

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Nov 26, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Minorities Use Internet to...

  Most minority communities in Iran have a long and troubled history of grievance with the central government. Some activists are using online spaces to give voice to these tensions, though others...

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Nov 13, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Minority Activists Find Ways...

This post was written by James Marchant, the research manager for Small Media based on the research report National Fabric: Iran’s Ethnic Minorities. Most minority communities in Iran have a long...

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Oct 20, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Youths Informed About UNPO

On October 18 [2015], Dr. Ali Abdelzadeh, representative of Iranian Kurdistan to the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and member of the UNPO presidency, gave a lecture about the UNPO...

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Sep 29, 2015

Beyond the Nuclear Deal: Side-Event at UN Discusses...

Mr Nasser Boladai, UNPO President, opened the conference with an overview of the differing opinions that surround the Iranian nuclear deal.  While some groups consider the agreement to be a positive...

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Sep 22, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: "Guaranteed Unemployment"...

  Below is an article by Rudaw Although this fact is lost in the news, Iranian Kurds are among the giant crowd of migrants and refugees trying to find a home in Europe, contributing to one of the...

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Sep 15, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Tension among Factions Amplified...

  Below is an article by Rudaw Now is not the right time for Kurdish groups to restart an armed conflict with Iranian security forces, a senior leader of the Iranian Komala party said, criticizing...

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Sep 11, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Kakai Forced To Flee as Result...

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Hundreds of Iranian followers of the Yarsan faith, known as Kakai, have joined the new wave of migration to Europe, leaving behind a country that has failed to recognize their...

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Aug 27, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Rouhani Government Executes...

TEHRAN – Behrouz Alkhani, a 30-year-old Kurd has been transferred out of Urmia prison’s general ward, and executed on Wednesday [26 August 2015]. On Tuesday Amnesty International called on...

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Aug 20, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Language Studies, a Significant...

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Aug 10, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Tehran Accused of Planning...

The Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan said that four bombs had been defused at its camp near Sulaimani on Sunday and accused Tehran of being behind the potential terrorist attack. "Komala had already...

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Aug 04, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Impressions of Rouhani Visit...

  Below is an article by Rudaw   In his country’s Kurdish heartland, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani made new promises to his country’s millions of Kurds last week. He promised...

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Jul 28, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Rouhani Visits Province

Below is an article published by Rûdaw:   Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived Sunday in Sanandaj, the capital city of Iranian Kurdistan, and marked his first visit to Kurdistan province...

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Jul 20, 2015

Joint Public Statement on the 21st Anniversary...

The Islamic Republic of Iran is now under periodic review by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which will decide on the country’s implementation of the treaty in its 71st session, in January...

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Jul 17, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: How Will Nuclear Deal Affect...

  Kurds stepping to the Halperka beat also featured in the street celebrations across Iran after Tehran signed a landmark nuclear deal with world powers on Tuesday. But what does the agreement,...

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Jul 16, 2015

UNPO's XII General Assembly Adopts Iranian...

Below is the full text of the resolution:   The UNPO General Assembly,   The political and security situation in Iran has in many respects worsened during the past couple of years, especially...

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Jul 15, 2015

New Chapter with Iran: An Opportunity to Bring...

The sensitive nature of the nuclear negotiations with Iran has for years served as a reason – if not excuse – for Western governments and the European Union not to get too involved in anything...

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Jun 18, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Political Prisoner Unexpectedly...

  Below is an article published by Rudaw:   A well-known Kurdish political prisoner was executed without notice to family earlier this week, sending shock and outrage through the opposition...

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Jun 09, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: PDKI Leadership Convenes with...

Below is an article published by the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan: Mustafa Hijri, leader of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), visited Germany at the end of May and met with German...

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May 26, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: PDKI Leader Expresses Concern...

  Below is an article published by PDKI: On May 18th Mr. Hijri met with representatives of Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the meeting Mustafa Hijri discussed the negative role...

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May 11, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Repression Highlighted in ...

  Farinaz Khosrawani, an employee of the Tara Hotel in Mahabad, a mostly Kurdish city in northwestern Iran, leaped to her death from the fourth floor of the hotel building Monday, according...

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May 04, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Situation of Five Kurdish Activists...

Below is an article by Rudaw ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Families of six Kurdish activists who were sentenced to death in Iran for alleged links to outlawed Kurdish parties say authorities have not...

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Apr 27, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Kurdish Now Taught in Scho...

Students in Iranian Kurdistan now have the option of choosing Kurdish as part of their high school and college coursework following a decision to include the language as an elective in schools across the...

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Mar 27, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Families of Executed Kurdish...

Below is an article published by Ekurd Daily After the execution of six Kurdish prisoners, their bodies were not given to their families some of whom had traveled from far distances to Rajai Shahr, in...

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Mar 10, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: 23 Female Activists Behind...

  Below is an article published by BasNews: Local lawyers in Iranian Kurdistan say that 23 Kurdish women activists are currently behind bars in Iran. According to the lawyers, 21 of the...

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Mar 06, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Six Sunni Muslims Executed...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe Six Iranian Kurds have reportedly been executed despite human right defenders’ calls on Iranian authorities to spare their lives. The...

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Mar 04, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Azad University to Offer Kurdish...

Below is an article published by NRT:    The Islamic Azad University’s Sanandaj branch is set to open a Kurdish language center for the following year. Muhammad Qurban Kiani, the dean...

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Feb 27, 2015

UNPO Alternative Report to CRC Highlights the...

The Alternative Report aims to examine the compliance with and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the Iranian Government, focusing especially on children of the Ahwazi Arab,...

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Feb 23, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Iran Executes 22-Year-Old Kurdish...

  Below is an article published by RUDAW   Iran executed 22-year-old Kurdish activist Saman Naseem on Friday, ignoring international pleas to halt the sentence. Saman’s family said...

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Feb 20, 2015

Iraqi Kurdistan: On the Verge of Independence...

  Below is an article published by The Economist: The Kurds, at least 25m-strong, are one of the world’s most numerous peoples without a state. Other small nations in their region have a home...

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Feb 16, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Human Rights Group Calls for...

Below is an article published by Vatican Radio: An Iranian Kurdish man who was arrested when he was 17 years old and alleges he was tortured into confessing has been informed he will be hanged next week,...

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Jan 30, 2015

Iranian Kurdistan: Human Rights Watch Reports...

  Below is an article published by Bas News:   In the 656-page world report, its 25th edition, Human Rights Watch, concludes there have been no significant improvements in human rights in...

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Nov 24, 2014

Iranian Kurdistan: Political Prisoners Stage Hunger...

Over two dozen Iranian Kurdish political prisoners incarcerated in a prison in the western city of Orumieh have staged a hunger strike since Thursday to protest against the transfer of non-political prisoners...

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Nov 18, 2014

Iranian Kurdistan: Prison Authorities Allegedly...

Below is an article published by BasNews:   In Urmia city Prison, which is located in the North West of the Kurdistan region of Iran, prison authorities has withhold medical treatment for Kurdish...

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Oct 14, 2014

Iranian Kurdistan: Komala Party Calls for International...

  Below is an article published by Digital Journal: FLORENCE, Italy, Oct. 13, 2014 -- The Islamic State's assault on Kobani and the brave resistance of Syrian Kurds has brought the Kurds' suffering...

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Oct 13, 2014

Iranian Kurdistan: Representative meets with US...

A senior Kurdish Iranian opposition leader has met with United States officials regarding the latest clashes in Iranian Kurdistan. Tehran authorities are not happy with the meeting. On Friday [10 October...

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Sep 29, 2014

Iranian Kurdistan International Conference: Justice...

Brussels, 25 August 2014 The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO), in tandem with the International Network of Iranian Kurdistan Human Rights (INIKHR), will host a half-day international...

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Jul 03, 2014

Iranian Minorities Delegation Informs US Congress...

On the picture (from left to right): Mr. Nasser Boladai, Congressman Steve Chabot, and Mr. Loghman H. Ahmedi. Despite having a rich cultural diversity, the Islamic Republic of Iran prioritizes Shi’a...

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May 16, 2014

Iranian Kurdistan: Kurdish Identity and Culture...

Below is an article published by Your Middle East: On May 11 [2014], The Iranian Consulate released a statement about Iran's perspective regarding its relationship with the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. This...

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Apr 10, 2014

Iranian Kurdistan: Increasing Concern Over Air...

Below is an article published by Rudaw An invisible killer is claiming lives in Iranian Kurdistan, where the cities of Sanandaj and Kermanshah figure in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) top...

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Mar 21, 2014

Iranian Kurdistan: Human Rights Situation Dramatically...

Below is an article published by : Asia Times As many as 700 people were sentenced to death in Iran last year, according to United Nations estimates. Most were charged with drug-related crimes and belonged...

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Mar 19, 2014

UNPO’s UPR Reports Denounce Human Rights Situation...

Photo by Izahorsky On the occasion of the 20th Session of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review, UNPO has submitted two reports denouncing the human rights situation in the Republic of Iraq and...

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Mar 14, 2014

Iranian Kurdistan: Increase In Executions Of Kurds...

Below is an article published by the Gatestone Insitute for International Policy Council. The Kurdish people, one of the largest minorities in Iran, have been heavily targeted by the Islamic Republic...

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Mar 03, 2014

Iranian Kurdistan: Prominent Kurdish Scholars...

Below is an article published by Rudaw: Iranian scholars honored the late Mohammad Qazi and Ebrahim Yunesi, two Kurdish scholars and translators known for their contribution to Kurdish and Persian literature,...

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Feb 17, 2014

Iranian Kurdistan: Two Local Journalists Arrested...

Below is an article published by The Independent:It’s been over 100 days into Rouhani’s Presidency in Iran, and two more Kurdish-Iranian journalists have been arrested and detained. Forty year...

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Jan 06, 2014

Iranian Kurdistan: Representation in the Parliament...

Below is an article published by Rudaw: Iran’s large minority Kurds continue to be underrepresented in the Iranian parliament, where out of 20 new seats that are to be added to the 290-seat Majlis...

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Dec 05, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Deteriorating Human Rights...

Below is an article by Ahwaz News Agency: http://www.ahwaziarabs.info/2013/12/ihr-after-nuke-deal-world-must-now.html Human rights should now be the focus of international dialogue with Iran following...

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Dec 03, 2013

Ahwazi: Iran’s Human Rights Issues Need Att...

Below is a statement by the IHR:  Human rights should now be the focus of international dialogue with Iran following the break-through on nuclear talks in Geneva, says the Norway-based Iran Human...

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Nov 27, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Barzani Could Help Iran’s...

Below is an article published by Rudaw: After seeing Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani and singer Sivan Perwer in Turkey’s Kurdish heartland of Diyarbakir last weekend, Iranian Kurds wonder...

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Nov 06, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: London Conference Addresses...

Below is an article published by Rudaw:    “Kurdish women in Iran face a double-whammy: They are a minority ethnicity and they are women in an unequal society,” according to Margaret...

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Sep 25, 2013

UNPO General Secretary Speaks At European Parliament...

In cooperation with the Delegation for Relations with Iran, the Sub-committe on Foreign Affairs at the European Parliament held an exchange of views on the situation in Iran on Thursday, 26 September 2013,...

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Sep 24, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Foreign Ministry Opens Office...

Below is an article by Tansimnews: Iranian Foreign Ministry officially opened an office in the city of Sanandaj, the provincial capital city of Iran's Kurdestan province on Monday [23-09-2013], with the...

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Sep 18, 2013

Exploring the Path of Federalism in the Middle...

Wednesday 2 October 2013 14:00 – 16:00  Room ASP 5E3 European Parliament, Brussels   18 September 2013, Brussels - The office of Mr. Tunne Kelam MEP (EPP) and the Unrepresented Nations...

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Aug 20, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Kurdish National Conference...

Below is an article published by Rudaw: The head of the Kurdish Institute in Tehran has asked Iran’s top officials to send a delegation to the Kurdish National Conference, which is due to take place...

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Aug 12, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Calls For Release Of Jailed...

Below is an article published by the payvand.com: The Observatory reports that Khosro Kordpur was arrested on March 7, 2013 in Mahabad, and two days later the Ministry of Intelligence arrested his brother,...

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Jul 18, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Suspicions Rise At Government...

Below is an article published by Rudaw:   Tehran’s announced intention of establishing a new security force in its western regions worries Kurdish groups and residents, who fear disguised...

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Jul 17, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Growing Labour Discontent Marks...

Below is an article published by Los Angeles Times: One of the laid-off workers told the semiofficial Iranian Labor News Agency that most were from the Zagros Steel Factory and had spent the night in...

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Jul 10, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Revolutionary Guards Kill Two...

Below is an article published by Iran Briefing:     Soldiers of Iranian Revolutionary Guards have perpetrated another extrajudicial execution on eastern Kurdistan border. Two Kurds were...

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Jun 12, 2013

Successful UNHCR Side Event Sheds Light on the...

  Geneva, 11 June 2013 - The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Nonviolent Radical Party held a Side Event on Tuesday, June 11th, in the Palais des Nations in Geneva entitled...

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Jun 11, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Presidential Candidates Discuss...

Below is an article published by Trend: All national and ethnic minorities living in Iran, especially Kurdish intellectuals will work in the Cabinet of Ministers, the former IRGC chief commander Mohsen...

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Jun 10, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Rally For Political Prisoners...

Below is an article published by Payvand Iran News: With presidential elections one week away, Iranians in one of the largest cities in Iran, Isfahan, chanted slogans this week against the government...

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May 07, 2013

Iranian Minorities: What Future After Ahmadin...

On behalf of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Nonviolent Radical Party, you are cordially invited to attend the parallel event ''Iranian minorities: what future after Ahmadinejad?''...

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Apr 23, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Protesting Sexist Punishm...

Below is an article published by gaystarnews:  Kurdish men from the Marivan County in the Kurdistan province of Iran have launched a cross-dressing campaign to redress outmoded concepts of masculinity...

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Apr 23, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Protesting Sexist Punishm...

Below is an article published by gaystarnews Kurdish men from the Marivan County in the Kurdistan province of Iran have launched a cross-dressing campaign to redress outmoded concepts of masculinity and...

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Apr 16, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: CNFI Concludes Conference in...

Below is an article published by Ahwaz News Agency   The Eighth Congress of Nationalities for Federal Iran concluded on Sunday after two days of continuous debate. The representatives of several...

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Mar 19, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Businessman Detained Without...

Below is an article published by iranhumanrights: Two Iranian Kurds, including the brother of acclaimed filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi, were arrested in Sanandaj on November 3, 2012, on non-specific national...

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Feb 06, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Province Remains Poor And ...

Below is an article published by Rudaw: Iran’s Kurdistan province is rich in agriculture and other natural resources but remains poor and neglected by Iranian authorities, officials and local media...

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Jan 30, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Two Kurdish Journalists Among...

Below is an article published by pdki.org:     According to reports elven journalists, among them two Kurdish journalists, have been arrested in Tehran after being accused of cooperation with...

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Dec 20, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Reduced Iranian Investment...

  Below is an article published by Rudaw: A number of Iranian companies say that economic sanctions as well as Iran’s currency crisis have forced them to end their investment in the Kurdistan...

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Dec 19, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Unified Kurdish Cause

  Below is an article published by Rudaw: Abdullah Hijab, the representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) has been elected to represent the Kurdish nation in the Unrepresented...

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Dec 17, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Possible Unification Among...

Below you can find an article published by Rudaw: The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KDPI) and Iran’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) met for the first time this week since splitting into...

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Dec 06, 2012

Strong Presence Of UNPO Representatives At Fifth...

More than thirty representatives of twelve UNPO Members (Afrikaner, Ahwazi, Assyria, Crimean Tatars, East Turkestan, Haratin, Hmong, Iranian Kurdistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Khmer Krom, Ogaden, and West Balochistan)...

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Dec 03, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Kurd Attacked By Iranian Revolutionary...

  Below is an article published by PDKI: Kurdistan Press Agency (Kurdpa) reports that several members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps attacked a young Kurdish man by the name of Nader...

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Nov 22, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Kurdish Rights Activist Released...

Below is an article published by Women News Network: The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and Campaign for Equality announced today after receiving reliable news that Kurdish political...

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Nov 12, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Dramatic Killings By Air-strike...

Below is an article published by Rudwa:   In the latest air strikes by Turkish warplanes, 2 Kurdish civilians were killed in the district of Pishdar last week and 2 others were injured. The two...

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Oct 29, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Kurds Hold Key To Profound...

Below is an article published by Haaretz:   The "Kurdish spring" that has affected three parts of Kurdistan - in Iraq, Turkey and Syria - may appear to have bypassed the Kurds of Iran. But in fact,...

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Oct 15, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: UN Special Rapporteur Reports...

Below is an artivle published by Reuters:   Human rights activists in Iran are subjected to beatings with batons, mock hangings, rape, sleep deprivation, and threats that family members...

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Oct 08, 2012

UNPO General Secretary Briefs Delegation for Relations...

Also present in the human rights briefing were representatives of Amnesty International, the Human Rights Democracy Network, the Christian Solidarity Network, the International Rehabilitation Council for...

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Sep 13, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Political Cooperation For ...

Below is the translated excerpt of the “Memorandum of Agreement” published by Iranian.com: Introduction The liberation movement of the Kurdish people in Iranian Kurdistan has traversed different...

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Aug 27, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Increased Cooperation Between...

Bellow is an article published by PDKI:     Following talks and meetings between Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan and Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan to discuss and analyze important...

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Jul 20, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: U.S. Urges Iran to Release...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: The U.S. State Department says it is concerned over reports that Iranian Kurdish activist Mohammed Seddigh Kaboudvand and human rights...

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Jun 15, 2012

European Parliament Urgency Resolution Reiterates...

Brussels, 14 June 2012 – During the plenary session in Strasbourg on 14 June 2012, Members of the European Parliament discussed the situation of ethnic minorities in Iran in the latest declaration...

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Jun 13, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Journalist on Third Hunger...

Below is an article published by The Guardian: Many imprisoned Iranian journalists, stripped of their basic rights by the government, are going on long hunger strikes to draw attention to their plight...

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Jun 07, 2012

CNFI Representatives in Brussels Advocate for...

  Brussels, 6 June 2012 Two days of meetings in Brussels on 4-5 June 2012 have enabled representatives of the Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran (CNFI) to raise the issue of...

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Jun 01, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Cultural Institute Works Against...

Below is an article published by Rudaw: http://www.rudaw.net/english/news/iran/4792.html Wajdi Hatami, the head of the Ahmadi Xani Cultural Institute, says that his is the only Kurdish civil organization...

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May 23, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Civilians Face State Violence...

Below is an article published by Kurdpa News Agency: Iranian para-military forces opened fire on a group of Kurdish field pickers in the mountains of Oshnawieh city in West-Azerbijan province, killing...

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May 04, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: UN Condemns Rights Violations...

Below is a press release from the OHCHR: A group of United Nations independent experts condemned the on-going arrests and harsh sentencing of human rights defenders in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and...

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May 02, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: US Calls To Release Human Rights...

Below is an article published by Rudaw: In a press conference, U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland called on the Iranian government to release Muhammad Kaboudvand, a Kurdish human rights...

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Apr 24, 2012

UNPO Report Outlines Threats to Indigenous Peoples’...

UNPO has submitted an Alternative Report to the UN Committee on Cultural, Economic, and Social Rights (CESCR) ahead of Iran’s review at the 49th Session in May 2012.  This report to the Treaty...

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Apr 19, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Human Rights Organization Celebrates...

Below is an article published by Rudaw: The Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan will celebrate its fifth anniversary in the absence of its founder, serving an 11-year sentence in Evin Prison in Tehran. Muhammad...

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Mar 21, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan, Iraqi Kurdistan: Norouz Celebrations...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe: For the more than 30 million Kurds scattered across several countries including Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, Norouz has long been a symbol of their...

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Mar 20, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Letter From Political Prisoner...

Below is an article published by Eurasia Review:   Iranian political prisoner Habibollah Golparipour says security forces took him “to the verge of death with physical and psychological torture.” The...

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Mar 19, 2012

UNPO Co-Hosts "Minority Rights In Iran"...

  Wednesday, 14 March 2012   Together with Minority Rights Group International, UNPO hosted an event on Wednesday, 14 March 2012 at the 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council titled...

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Mar 13, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Situation Political Prisoners...

Below is an article published by Rudaw:   Rahim Mahmoudi, the head of the Council for Defending Political Prisoners in Iran, said that due to the lack of free media in Iran, there is no correct...

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Mar 13, 2012

All Eyes On Iran During UN Human Rights Counc...

Photo: Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on Iran addresses during the 19th Session Human Rights Council. 12 March 2012. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferré - UN Information Service - Geneva Geneva,...

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Feb 29, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Prominent Iranian Kurds Not...

Below is an article published by Rudaw:   A number of Kurds who wanted to run in Iran’s upcoming parliamentary elections, including former MPs and some notable figures, have been disqualified...

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Feb 28, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Amnesty Reports On Surge Of...

The following article was published by Amnesty International:   Iran’s crackdown on freedom of expression has dramatically escalated in the run up to this week’s parliamentary elections,...

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Jan 30, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Death Sentences Upheld

Below is an article published by Iran Human Rights: The Iranian Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences of two Kurdish political prisoners, local sources told the International Campaign for Human...

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Jan 12, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Human Rights Activist Sent...

Below is an  article published by Radio Zamaneh: Iranian-Kurdish human rights activist Mohammad Seddigh Kaboodvand, has been transferred to hospital by Iranian prison authorities after spending nearly...

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Jan 04, 2012

Iranian Kurdistan: Protest Against Turkish Killings...

Below is an article published by PressTV: The Iranian Kurds staged a protest rally in front of Ankara's Embassy in the capital of Tehran On Tuesday.  On December 28, 2011, 35 people were killed...

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Dec 05, 2011

UNPO Representatives Prominent At UN Forum On...

  Photo: UNPO and Minority Rights Group participants pose for a photograph at the close of the first day of the UN Forum on Minority Issues Close to thirty representatives of nine UNPO Member...

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Nov 07, 2011

Ahwazi: UN Human Rights Body Concerned Over Executions...

Below is an article published by UN The United Nations committee tasked with reviewing compliance with international human rights treaties today voiced concern over Iran’s record on upholding the...

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Sep 29, 2011

UNPO UN Report Outlines Civil And Political Rights...

UNPO has submitted an Alternative Report to the UN Human Rights Committee ahead of Iran’s review under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) at the 103rd Session in October...

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Aug 29, 2011

Iranian Kurdistan: Massive Protests have Erupted...

Below is an article published by Medya News 27 Aug 2011 – In protest to diversion of many rivers that feed one of the largest salty lake in the world, Lake Orumieh in north western Iran residents...

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Aug 22, 2011

Iranian Kurdistan: 32nd Anniversary of Khomeini’s...

Below is an article published by Rojhelat News Today 19th August is the 32nd anniversary of Jihad declared by the founder of the Iranian Islamic Regime against the Kurdish people in East of...

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Aug 15, 2011

Southern Azerbaijan: An Open Letter to the United...

Below is an article published by the Huffington Post.   To: Dr. Ahmed Shaheed United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran  Allow me to begin with my best wishes for a great...

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Jul 08, 2011

Iranian Kurdistan: Detained Political Activist...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Jailed Kurdish journalist Kamal Sharifi is on a hunger strike to protest the poor prison conditions and the violation of his rights,...

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Jul 05, 2011

Iranian Kurdistan: Iraqi Kurdish MP says Iranian...

Below is an article published by Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran: NCRI - The Kurdish Taghyeer parliamentary faction asked the Iraqi government to summon the Iranian...

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Jun 30, 2011

Iranian Kurdistan: Islamic Republic Security Forces...

Below is an article published by Payvand Iran News: Zamaneh's correspondent reports that Jamal Ghaznavei, a trader in Oshnouyeh, was shot by security forces, and three other citizens injured in the same...

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May 06, 2011

Iranian Kurdistan: Execution is closing in on...

Below is an article published by Rudaw This news comes in the midst of increasing pressure by Iranian security forces on Kurdish human rights activists in Iran, among them Kawa Kermashani, a human rights...

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May 04, 2011

Iranian Kurdistan: Calls on Tehran to Stop Arresting...

Below is an article published by Rudaw:  Iranian Kurdish activists call on Iran to stop arresting Kurdish teachers in that country and they hope to name May 19th, the first anniversary of the execution...

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Mar 09, 2011

Iranian Kurdistan: Local Politicians Foresee Popular...

Below is an article published by Rudaw:  The wave of protests currently engulfing the Middle East has reached Iran, prompting the Iranian Kurdish opposition parties to call on the Kurds in the country...

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Mar 03, 2011

Iranian Kurdistan: Tehran Executes 10 Kurdish...

  Below is an article published by the Peoples Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan:   During the past couple of day’s family members of Kurdish political prisoners raised fear that...

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Feb 09, 2011

Iranian Kurdistan: Prominent Lawyer Khalil Bahramian...

Below is an article published by Medya News: Human rights organization, RAHANA reported that Khalil Bahramian, defence attorney to several Iranian political prisoners, was sentenced to 18 months in prison...

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Feb 02, 2011

Iranian Kurdistan : Kurdish Political Prisoners...

  Below is a press release  published by Medya News:   A Kurdish political prisoner sentenced to death in Iran has been taken to an unknown location from Ward 4 of the Raji-Shahr prison...

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Jan 28, 2011

Iranian Kurdistan: Execution of Another Political...

Below is an article published by the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan: Kurdish political prisoner Farhad Tarom from the village of “Lavark” of the Dashtabel district of Oshnavieh city...

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Jan 07, 2011

Iranian Kurdistan: Two Thirds of Population Live...

Below is an article published by Medya News: Mr. Mohammad Ali Pertewi represents the people of Serdesht and Piranshar in the Iranian Parliament. He stated that over 60 percent people Kurdish people in...

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Oct 28, 2010

Hearing on Tehran’s Ethno-Cultural Discrimination...

Political representatives of three different ethnic minority groups, Mr Nasser Boladai (Balochistan People’s Party), Ms Sedigheh Adalati (Federal Democratic Movement of Azerbaijan) and Mr Miro Aliyar...

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Oct 20, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan: Two Kurds Executed In Iran...

  Below is an article published by Rudaw:   Lawand’s prison term was going to finish next year. His 15-year old daughter and 10-year old son have ticked many cells of a calendar that...

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Sep 23, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan: Bomb Blast Targets Army Parade...

  Below is an article published by Medya News:   A bomb has torn through a military parade in the Kurdish city of Mahabad in Iranian Kurdistan killing 11 people and wounding 58 more as the...

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Sep 17, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan: Iran Launches News Agency

  Below is an article published by Medya News:   The Islamic Republic of Iran has launched a new agency called Kurd Press. Officially the news agency will report on regional and international...

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Aug 31, 2010

Iran: U.N. Urges Iran To Tackle Racism

Below is an article published by Reuters: GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran should do more to protect its ethnic minorities such as Arabs, Kurds and Baloch, a United Nations human rights body said on Friday. The...

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Jul 30, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan: Iran Should Release And Provide...

  Below is an article published by Human Rights Watch: The Iranian Judiciary should provide urgent medical care to Mohammad Sadigh Kaboudvand and free him from his unfair detention, Human Rights...

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Jun 29, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan: Female Political Prisoner at...

  Below is an article published by International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran:Call on UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to Urge Suspension of ExecutionsKurdish political prisoner Zeynab...

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Jun 09, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan: Fate of Bodies of Executed...

   Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:A month after the execution in Tehran of five imprisoned activists, a lawyer involved in the case has told RFE/RL’s...

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May 20, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan: Parents of Detained Kurdish...

  Below is an article published by Medya News: Twelve of the students were later released on bail, but three – identified as Tofiq Partouyi, Dana Lenj Abadi and Aram Veisi – are still...

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May 14, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan: Relatives Of Kurds Executed...

  Below is an article published by Medya News:“The government’s refusal to hand over the bodies to the families appears to stem from a fear of antigovernment demonstrations during...

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May 10, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan: Political Executions Indication...

 Below is an article published by: Iran Human Rights The Campaign condemned the execution of five political prisoners, including Farzad Kamangar, a 34-year-old teacher and social worker, who...

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May 05, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan: Official Security Forces Spread...

Below an article published by Medya News: Kurdistan Media reported that the regime’s security forces have set up mob groups in Iranian Kurdistan cities to be present on streets...

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Apr 27, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan: Pressure forces Tehran to exit...

  Below is an article published by HostedNews.comIran, under fire from Western countries over its human rights record, has decided not to seek a seat next month on the
Geneva-based UN Human...

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Apr 26, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan: Another Kurdish Political Prisoner...

 Below is an article published by Medya News:  Kurdistan Media a source from Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan quoting Mokryan News Agency announced today [23 April] that a Kurd from city...

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Apr 12, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan: Kurds Complain Of Crackdown...

 Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe :The Iranian-based Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan says its members are being prosecuted because of their human rights activities, RFE/RL's...

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Feb 24, 2010

Periphery Voices from Iran

Iran’s population is a mosaic of ethnicities, but the non-Persian groups are largely located in the peripheries. Unfortunately, their geographical location in the margins is matched by cultural,...

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Feb 19, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan: Rising Conflict in Iranian...

Below is an article published by Kurdish Herald: One of the most under-reported human rights issues in Iran is the current state of Kurdish political prisoners, and in particular, the current eighteen...

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Feb 08, 2010

Iranian Kurdistan: Arbitrary Detention of Kaveh...

  Below is an appeal published by International Federation for Human Rights: The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources of the arbitrary arrest of Mr. Kaveh Ghasemi Kermanshahi, a...

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Nov 24, 2009

Iranian Kurdistan: Iraqi President in Iran Seeking...

   Below is an article published by AFP: "President Talabani on Sunday pays a secret visit to Tehran to ask President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to intervene with the chief of the judiciary...

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Nov 24, 2009

Iranian Kurdistan: Death Penalty as Political...

  Below is an article published by the New York Times:In Iran, where there is precedent for executions to surge in the wake of a crisis, human rights groups said there was mounting evidence that...

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Nov 16, 2009

UNPO Iranian Members Recommend Steps to Effective...

  The session was based on the theme of “Minorities and Effective Political Participation” and representatives utilised the platform to identify obstacles to their involvement in political...

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Nov 11, 2009

Iranian Kurdistan: Rights Group Urges Iran to...

  Below is an article published by Washington TV: Ehsan Fattahian is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday at a prison in the western city of Sanandaj, capital of Iran’s Kurdistan Province.The...

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Aug 05, 2009

Iranian Kurdistan: 3 Americans Arrested for Illegal...

 Below is a statement issued by The Associated Press: Iran says 3 Americans arrested for illegal entry Iran has arrested three Americans who strayed across the border from Iraq on allegations...

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Aug 03, 2009

Iranian Kurdistan: Rezaei Seeks Trials for Iran...

   Below is an article published by Associated Press:Criticism of Iran's mass prosecution of political activists widened Sunday [2 August 2009] with the main conservative challenger...

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Jul 14, 2009

Iranian Kurdistan: General Strike

   Below is an article published by the Kurdish Aspect: On the 20th anniversary of the assassination of the Kurdish leader and former General-Secretary of the Democratic Party of Iranian...

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Jul 13, 2009

Iranian Kurdistan: Political Murder in Vienna...

  Below is an article published by AFP: The murder of a Kurdish opposition leader in Vienna, in which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's name has been dragged, is still shrouded...

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Jun 12, 2009

Iranian Kurdistan: Activists Sentenced

   Below is an article published by Iran Focus:An Iranian Kurdish man was sentenced to over six years in prison on charges of acting against national security and spreading propaganda against...

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Apr 08, 2009

Speech, Nasser Mobaraki

 For a PDF version of this speech, please click here.   Ladies and Gentlemen: First of all I would like to thank UNPO and in particular Maggie for providing us with such a platform and opportunity...

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Apr 08, 2009

Speech, Hossein Ladjevardi (Persian)

Mr. Ladjevardi's speech is in Persian. Please click here to read it.

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Apr 08, 2009

Speech, Golmorad Moradi (English and Persian)

For a PDF copy of the speech in English,please click here. For a PDF copy of the speech in Persian, please click here.   Ladies and Gentlemen, It is an honour for me to be here for this Conference...

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Apr 08, 2009

Presentation, Afrasiab Shekofteh

    Dr Shekofteh's powerpoint presentation can be downloaded in PDF format, by clicking here.

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Mar 25, 2009

Iran Conference Press Release, March 24 2009

European Parliament to Host Meeting of Leading Iranian Dissidents   Brussels, 24 March 2009   Leading Iranian opposition figures will be meeting in Brussels, Belgium for a two-day conference...

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Mar 04, 2009

Iranian Kurdistan: Women’s Rights Activists...

   Below is an article published by: Amnesty International Kurdish student Hana Abdi was released from prison on Thursday [27 February 2009] after spending nearly 16 months in detention....

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Mar 03, 2009

Iraqi Kurdistan: Census Plan

   Below is an article published by: Reuters UK Iraq will hold a nationwide census in October [2009], its first in 22 years, mapping ethnic divisions in a survey which could encourage reconciliation...

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Mar 02, 2009

Iranian Kurdistan: Iran Harass Kurdish Minority...

   Below is an article published by: Voice of America Human rights monitors say Iranian authorities continue to detain and harass men and women of Iran's ethnic Kurdish minority. According...

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Feb 27, 2009

Iranian Kurdistan: Political Prisoners in Spo...

 Below is an article published by: Voice of America Human rights monitors say Iranian authorities continue to detain and harass men and women of Iran's ethnic Kurdish minority. According to the...

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Feb 06, 2009

Iraqi Kurdistan: Provincial Elections Result

    Below is an article published by: The New York Times The Dawa Party of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki was the overwhelming winner of Iraq’s provincial elections, the...

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Jan 20, 2009

Iranian Kurdistan: Woman Condemned To Death

    Below is an article published by: Kurdistan Peace and Development Society  Kurdish political prisoner Ms. Zaynab Jalalian aged 27, was condemned to death by Kermanshah Revolutionary...

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Nov 10, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: Rights Activist Detained

 Below is an article published by AFP:Iran's appeals court has confirmed an 11-year jail term for a Kurdish rights activist and journalist after he was convicted of acting against national security,...

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Oct 08, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: Female Activist Imprisone...

Below is an article published by Adnkronos International:Kurdish feminist and journalist, Neghin Sheikholeslami, has been arrested and detained in the capital Tehran's notorious Evin prison .Sheikholeslami...

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Sep 30, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: Minorities Suffer in Iran

Below is an article published by voanews.com:On September 10th [2008], security agents arrested more than nineteen Azeri-Iranians -- journalists, university instructors, and poets -- gathered in a private...

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Sep 18, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: Arrest of Kurdish Journali...

Below is an article published by CNW Telbec: Reporters Without Borders today [18 September 2008] called for the release of a Kurdish contributor to national and foreign media, Massud Kurdpoor, who was...

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Sep 09, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: ‘Defend the Rights Political...

Below is the petition issued by the Iranian Political Prisoners Association :   On August 25th 2008 a large number of Kurdish political prisoners went on a hunger strike, to protest against the...

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Sep 02, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: Group Destroys Land Mine S...

Below is an article published by the International Herald Tribune : Anti-land mine campaigners say an Iranian Kurdish group has destroyed its stockpile of the weapon.Geneva Call says the Democratic Party...

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Aug 15, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: Eight Activists Sentenced to...

Below is an article published by the Iranian Poitical Prisoners Association: According to reports from the "Campaign to stop the death penalty in Kurdistan", so far 8 political activists...

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Aug 12, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: Journalist Jailed for Five...

Below is an article published by Adnkronos: A prominent Iranian journalist of Arab ethnicity has been sentenced to five years in jail. Yousuf Ben Azizi, was found guilty of 'subversive activities'...

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Aug 11, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: EU Condemns Violation of Kurds'...

Below is an article published by EUbusiness :The EU presidency on Wednesday [6 August 2008] condemned human rights violations committed against the Kurdish minority in Iran and urged Tehran to scrap the...

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Aug 01, 2008

Discrimination Thrives Against Kurds in Iran

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...

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Jul 17, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: At Least 86 Kurdish Civilians...

Below is an article published by the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan: Iranian securities forces have detained a large number of Kurds following a general strike on the 19th anniversary of the assassination...

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Jul 16, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: Activists Sentenced to Dea...

Below is an article published by Iranian Political Prisoners Association : The Iranian High Court announced the death penalty of a teacher and Human right activist , Farhad Kamangar , and two...

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Jun 21, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: Woman’s Rights Activist Sentenced...

Below is a press release issued by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran: (21 June 2008)  Hana Abdi, a student and women’s rights activist from Sanandaj in Kurdistan who has...

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Jun 20, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: Woman Activist Sentenced to...

Below is an article published by the Iranian Political Prisoners Association:   21 year old Hana Abdi, former student of PayamNoor University of Bijar, and member of women's association...

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Jun 03, 2008

Statement in Support of Iranian Women

 STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF IRANIAN WOMEN ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF 12 JUNE 2006 DEMONSTRATION We, the undersigned, representing international women's and human rights organizations,  express...

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May 29, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: Kurdish Activist Dies in C...

The Leadership Council for Human Rights is outraged and saddened by the world’s lack of concern for the death in detention of Kurdish political activist Kaveh (Kawa) Azizpour, as information has...

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May 05, 2008

Women’s Rights Are Under Constant Assault in...

Below is a summary of a report issued by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran: Iranian authorities have systematically thwarted peaceful and legal civil society efforts to advocate for...

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Apr 26, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: Students Detained and Tort...

Three Kurdish students; Sabah Nassiri, Hedayat Ghazali and Yasser Gholi, have been detained and are facing torture and interrogation.Two of these students: Sabah Nassir and Hedayat Ghazali have been held...

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Apr 19, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: Court Closes Kurdish Weekly...

Below is an article published by Reporters Without Borders:  Reporters Without Borders condemns the 11 April [2008] decision of a criminal court in Sanandaj, in Iran’s northwestern Kurdish...

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Mar 19, 2008

Iran: People Threatened By Old & New Materie...

Although littered with mines, the Iranian regime is adding new minefields, exporting new mines, and lacks any concerted de-mining plan. Below is an appeal issued by the Iranian Minorities Human Rights...

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Mar 04, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: Yet Another Sentenced to ...

Three members of the Kurdish minority in Iran have been sentenced to death after being severely tortured by the oppressive regime of president Ahmedinejad.  Below is an article published by Iranian...

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Feb 14, 2008

Iran: Petition Hopes To Save Persecuted Gays

Two young men risk the death penalty under Iran’s hard-line administration – a petition may be their one chance of a reprieve. Below is an article published by the EveryOne Group: The Islamic...

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Jan 21, 2008

Iranian Kurdistan: Detained Student Dies

The suspicious death of Ebrahim Lotfollahi has raised concern among human rights monitors about ongoing abuses in Iran. Below is an article by Golnaz Esfandiari published in Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: On...

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Dec 12, 2007

Iran: Execution for Offense Committed at Age...

Amnesty International condemns the Iran’s execution of Makwan Moloudzadeh who was charged for an offence he allegedly committed at age 13, violating international human rights standards prohibiting...

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Dec 05, 2007

Iranian Kurdistan: Eradicating Mines

The Hague, 05 December 2007 - The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan has signed teh Deed of Commitment, a document that symbolises their opposition to landmines and commits them to undertake mine removal...

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Nov 02, 2007

Iranian Kurdistan: Prisoner Maltreated to Blackmail...

Iranian authorities are reportedly maltreating an imprisoned human rights activist in an attempt to lure his colleagues to present themselves at the police station and prevent them from carrying out their...

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Aug 22, 2007

Iranian Kurdistan: Prisoners Hunger-Strike

The lawyer for two Kurdish imprisoned journalists, who are on hunger-strike after being sentenced to death, has voiced his concern over their health. Below is an article published by The Kurdish Aspect:  Two...

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Aug 07, 2007

Iranian Kurdistan: Italy Condemns Death Sent...

Italy’s criticisms of increasing Iranian executions has sparked a diplomatic row, but Italian officials remain firm in their opposition to the use of the death penalty. Link: UNPO’s anti death...

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Jul 27, 2007

Iranian Kurdistan: Journalists Sentenced to D...

Two Kurdish journalists have been sentenced to death by an Iranian revolutionary Tribunal. They worked for a magazine which dealt with the Kurdish issue. Below are extracts from an article published by...

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Jul 03, 2007

Iranian Kurdistan: Journalist Arrested

Kurdish human rights activist and journalist Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand was once again arrested by Iranian authorities. Below is an article published by the MEMRI blog: On July 1, 2007, Iranian security...

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Jun 04, 2007

Iraqi Kurdistan: Security Accord

Iraqi Kurdistan and the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq have signed an agreement handing over security responsibility to the Kurdish government in the provinces of Dohuk, Irbil and Suleimaniya. Below is an...

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Mar 27, 2007

Iran: Human Rights Remain at Stake

Below is an article published by Voice of America: Nowruz marks the new year in Iran, but the Iranian people are facing all-too-familiar repressive tactics by the Iranian government. Recently, baton-wielding...

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Mar 23, 2007

Ahwazi: Outrage at Executions

Below is an extract from a written statement submitted to the Fourth Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by the International Federation for the Protection of the Rights of Ethnic,...

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Feb 09, 2007

Iranian Kurdistan: Admitted to UNPO

The latest meeting of the UNPO Presidency, which met from 01 – 03 February at the European Parliament in Brussels, has continued pursuit of UNPO’s goal of giving a voice to all unrepresented...

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2009 UN Forum on Minority Issues: Iranian Group...

12-13 November 2009, Geneva   UNPO Participants with Ms McDougall   Karim Abdian addresses the Forum   Monireh Sulemani of the BPP             ...

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2010 Periphery Voices from Iran

  The aftermath of the Iranian elections in 2009 pushed people power and protest within Iran onto the front pages worldwide. Most media outlets failed to notice however that a substantial proportion...

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2009 Conference: Human Rights and the Question...

In conjunction with Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran (CNFI) UNPO organized a two day programme focusing on the possibility of federalism in Iran to act as a vehicle to combat human rights...

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