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Amnesty: End Discrimination against Kurds in Iran

Iran’s human-rights record is in the spotlight once again on Wednesday with the publication of a report by Amnesty International looking into the status of Iran’s Kurdish minority. This follows international condemnation of the public executions of 29 people in Iran earlier in the week. “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,” AI said. Kurdish women are doubly discriminated against, the organization claimed. They are already at a disadvantage being women, added to which they are members of the minority group. “The Iranian government has not taken sufficient steps to eliminate discrimination, or to end the cycle of violence against women and punish those responsible.” There are around 12 million Kurds in Iran, comprising 15 percent of the overall population.