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Written statement Südwind

An overview of the impact of traditional values on Christians in the Islamic Republic of Iran

24th regular session of the Human Rights Council (9 - 27 September 2013)

This report presents the failure of the Islamic Republic of Iran in securing the human rights of religious minorities including Iranian Christians, who live in Iran, by upholding traditional Islamic law and Sharia law through its legislation, judicial system and actions of governing and administrative bodies.


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International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination



Adopted and opened for signature and ratification by General Assembly resolution 2106 (XX)
of 21 December 1965

entry into force 4 January 1969, in accordance with Article 19


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A Brief Report on Human Rights Situation in Iran in “Dey 1391”
(December 31, 2012 to January 20, 2013)

Requirement to Comprehensive Observance of Ethnic Minorities’ Rights by Iranian Officials

Südwind: An overview of the situation of ethnic groups in the Islamic Republic of Iran

19th session of the Human Rights Council (27 February - 23 March 2012)

This report highlights the general situation of ethnic groups and civil society activists working on the promotion and protection of their rights in Iran. Iran is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, and multi-confessional country with over 70 million inhabitants. This includes Arabs, Azeris, Baluchs, Kurds, Persians and Turkmens, all with different cultures, languages and religions. The official language in Iran is Persian. According to reports, the exclusive use of Persian in official transactions is a difficulty that many elderly and women from minorities, who may not have a strong command of Persian, have to deal with.



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