UN panel: minorities in Iran face discrimination

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 27, 2010 18:07

GENEVA — A United Nations panel published a report Friday saying that Arabs, Kurds and other minorities in Iran face discrimination because of their ethnicity.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination claimed that minorities in the Islamic republic don't enjoy the same rights to free expression, health and housing as other ethnic groups.

The panel urged Iran to end all forms of discrimination and provide clearer information for future reports.

The Geneva-based panel also rejected Iran's claims that discrimination against women and religious minorities such as the Baha'i isn't covered by the UN's 1969 anti-racism convention.


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