Iran: Human Rights Abuses Against the Kurdish Minority
This report speaks to the Iranian governments failure to prevent discrimination and human rights abuses against its Kurdish citizens, especially women. The report says that Kurdish women face a double challenge to have their rights recognised – as members of a marginalised ethnic minority, and as women in a predominantly patriarchal society. Strict social codes are used to justify denial of their human rights. Such codes mean that it can be very difficult for government officials to investigate inequalities in education, early and forced marriages, and domestic violence against Kurdish girls and women – and the severe consequences of some of these abuses, including ‘honour killings’ and suicide.