May 7, 2013
Tuesday, 11th June 2013, 14.00-16.00 (TBC)
Room XXVII, Palais des Nations
Iranian Minorities: What Future After Ahmadinejad?
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?'' taking place at Palais des Nations (room XXVII) – Geneva, on 11th June 2013, 14.00-16.00.
Through this event, UNPO in cooperation with the Nonviolent Radical Party aims at bringing attention to the human rights situation of religious and national minorities in Iran and discussing the impact that the upcoming Iranian presidential elections could mean for them and the country‘s human rights situation as a whole.
Iran’s population includes a large number of religious, ethnic, and linguistic minorities. These groups are highly diverse, but share common experiences of economic marginalization, political repression and denial of even the most basic of cultural rights. This year marks a decisive moment for Iran and its minorities. It is the first time since 1993 that Iran comes under review for its respect of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This combines with the approach of the Iranian presidential elections that will be held in June. Both events are expected to have implications for the respect of minority rights in Iran, including on the rights of minorities to enjoy their own cultures and identities, to profess and practice their own religions and use their own languages.
The event will bring together human rights activists from minority groups in Iran, distinguished political scholars, and international experts and representatives from international organizations who will inform the audience of the present minority rights predicament in Iran.
The confirmed speakers who will contribute with their expertise in this regard include:
Mr. Hillel Neuer – Executive Director of the UN Watch, a human rights NGO in Geneva, Switzerland;
Mr. Karim Abdian – Director of the Ahwaz Education and Human Rights Foundation;
Mr. Abdollah Hejab – Representative of Iranian Kurdistan and member of UNPO Presidency;
Ms. Monireh Sulemani – Representative of the Balochistan Peoples Party
Mr. Taimoor Aliassi – UN Representative of the Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran – Geneva (KMMK – G)
Ms. Marina Nemat - Iranian activist, author of "Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir", Human Dignity Prize winner.
A representative of the Nonviolent Radical Party will moderate the event.
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