Friday, November 27, 2009

Socialist International: Iran should respect ethnic minorities


Santo Domingo - The Socialist International’s second Council meeting of the year took place in the Dominican Republic on 23 and 24 November. The Socialist International expressed its concern of the denunciations of violations of human rights in Iran. “[The SI] condemns every practice that is contrary to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

The meeting focused on the economical crisis, carbon emissions, efforts to work for a world free of nuclear weapons and for arms control and securing democracy and reassuring people’s right. The Council also adopted Resolutions on human rights in Iran and on the situation in the Middle East.

Kurdish participants were Sadi Pire and Barzani Faraj of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Iraq and Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) representatives Dr. Khosraw Abdullahi, Kamran Balnour, Ebrahimpoor Khabat and Loghman Ahmedi, of which some also spoke about the issues discussed.

The Council asked Iran to respect human rights and the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, including the Kurds. It also demands the freedom of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience and “expresses its solidarity with all those who, in accordance with our values, struggle for democracy, progress and justice in Iran” (Photo:

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