Published on 20/01/13 at 22:03:02 GMT by Redaksjonen
The Iranian government continues to restrict the use of minority languages in schools, according to a leaked confidential report by the Iranian Ministry of Education on the use of minority languages in schools (see the document on morsmal.org).
- The Iranian government's recent restrictions on the use of minority languages is in clear violation of the Constitution, said representatives of the opposition group, Green Path of Hope.
The Iranian opposition group, the Green Path of Hope reacts against new governmental measures aimed at limiting the use of Kurdish in the province of Kermanshah.
- The Iranian government's recent restrictions on the use of minority languages is in clear violation of the constitution, says representatives from the Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope.
The statement is in response to a leaked letter from the Ministry of Education which encourages teachers to refrain from using any language other than Farsi at schools in Kermanshah province, where the majority of the population speaks Kurdish. The letter, which is dated 29 December 2012 and marked "confidential", signed by Jalal Amini, head of the Education Ministry's Kermanshah bureau.
Leaked letter from Jalal Amini, head of the Education Ministry's Kermanshah bureau
The Coordination Council said that the move was a clear breach of the Iranian constitution's Article 15, which designates Persian as the "official and shared language of Iran," but at the same time allows for the use of local languages in press, media the education system.
The Council called the Education Ministry's move "provocative" and said: "This is despite the fact that preserving and strengthening the security and national unity of the country and its territorial integrity necessitate the realization of the fundamental rights of all citizens, while identifying and guaranteeing the rights of all ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities."
- Such actions are against human rights norms, the articles of the constitution, the country's international obligations, and the will of the majority of Iranians from all ethnicities, languages and religions. Such actions weakens solidarity, national unity and the country's national interests, the statement continued.
According to a 2010 report by the International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR), Iranian Kurds suffer from discrimination and their plight has not improved since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
They have suffered harsh political oppression throughout their struggle for their rights and have been denied their political, economic and cultural rights, including their right to use their own language. For Sunni Kurds, their right to freedom of religion has also been violated ever since the revolution.
Despite some improvements in Kurdish rights during the presidency of Mohammad Khatami, the ascent to power of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2005 saw a further suppression of Kurdish rights.
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