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Rouhani praises situation of Iran’s Kurds on Mahabad tour

By Rudaw 31/5/2016
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Mahabad. Photo: IRNA
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Mahabad. Photo: IRNA
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region –During an official visit to the Kurdish city of Mahabad on Tuesday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani praised the situation of Kurds in his country and promised more language and cultural rights.

"The security and situation of Kurds in Iran is much better than that of Kurds in our neighboring countries, like Turkey, Syria and Iraq,” Rouhani said to his Kurdish crowd. “A security has been provided to the Iranian Kurds that cannot be compared to the situation of Kurds in our neighboring countries.”

The Iranian president who won many votes in the Kurdish areas of Iran promised that his office will work with the ministry of education to incorporate the Kurds’ language rights into Iran’s constitution in Article 15.

Rouhani told the people of Mahabad—a city that witnessed violent anti-government protests last year over the death of a female hotel worker—that employment opportunities should be provided for all “without any ethnic considerations,”

He also said that nobody could create rifts between Iran’s diverse ethnic groups.

"As the president, and head of the National Security Council, I am saying frankly, in the Islamic Iran, nobody can create differences between Muslim sects,” he said.

Activists have long accused Iranian authorities of discrimination against Kurdish-populated areas in terms of public services while political parties report that the area has been heavily militarized with daily security crackdowns.

Critics say that no Kurd has ever been elected governor in Urumiyeh despite its estimated 1.9 million Kurdish population.


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GoodFuture? | 31/5/2016
Rouhani is an intelligent man. I appreciate his understanding and support for Kurds in Iran.
Reber | 31/5/2016
Most of the Kurdish region in Iran is militarized and under constant clamp downs and other oppressive measures that you'll not find anywhere else in Iran. The Iranian regime has set up a horrific stasi like system in every Kurdish city, town and village where neighbor are encouraged to "turn in" neighbor, where family members are rewarded to turn in other family members. This has led to a situation where literally thousands upon thousands of Kurdish activists, journalists, academics and ordinary people have been arrested and thrown in appalling jails serving sentences not even murderers get in Iran. The Kurdish areas have been neglected economically for decades, they are amongst the poorest and least developed regions of Iran. Then there's the daily harassment humiliation and even murder of Kurdish citizens at the hands of Iranian security forces who have set up thousands of checkpoints across the Kurdish region. So I don't know how the two faced Rohani has the nerve to claim that the Kurds of Iran are enjoying more "security and rights" than other Kurds?
duroi | 31/5/2016
He sounds like a puppet with no control over his own Kurdish discriminatory actions over the past 3 years. The Kurds were naive to vote for this jackass expecting that a nouche-ye Rafsanjani can do anything for them. As they say in Iran "kar hamo kar-a faqat Paalaan-i awaz boya" (same jackass with only saddle changed).
kurd | 31/5/2016
this guy is a clown. he even does not believe in what he says. he thinks by these empty words, he can prevnt kurds from upraising loooool
guest | 31/5/2016
According khomeini's constitution, Sunni Muslims are banned from even running in the so-called iranian elections. The terrorist Khomeini declared a jihad against Kurds who demanded their civil rights be respected. Kurdish dissidents are regularly arrested, tortured and executed by the fanatical regime ruling iran.

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