IRAN: What future for ethnic groups?
The Iranian government, with the economic sanctions imposed by the US, is getting ever more radical and continues to systematically oppress any legitimate demand of minorities for democracy and their fundamental rights.
Faced with the rise of radicalism and ethnic and religious tensions and the violence of the war in the Middle East, particularly in northern Syria, when the Kurdish question is at the centre of attention everywhere, what is really happening in Iran and what future is in store for minorities?
In spite of "reformist" President Hassan Rouhani's promises, the situation of minorities has dramatically deteriorated. According to the UN, under the presidency of Hasan Rouhani, 3600 prisoners have been executed, 97% of those in secret, surpassing by 35% those under his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. Furthermore, 824 political prisoners of those 1100 registered in 2018, i.e. 75% of those sentenced to death for the crime of "mohareb" (hostility to God) belong to the Kurdish community.