Minority Rights

Titlesort descending Author Abstract
A Framework of Violence: Repression of the Arab Ethnic Minority in the Islamic Republic of Iran Iran Human Rights Documentation Center The Arab ethnic minority in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has been subjected to a long history of political, economic and cultural discrimination by successive Iranian governments. This report...
Abbas Milani’s Speech Abbas Milani In this speech, Abbas Milani talks about the status of Baha’is in Iran and their history. This resource is only available in Persian.
Anti-Semitism Sima Rastin This resource is only in Persian.
Assessing Guilt - “We gave the Nazis what they denied their opponents… the protection of the law.”  Former US Secretary of War Henry Stimson describing the International Military Tribunal held at Nuremberg, Germany
Combating Racial Discrimination: the UN and its Member States Minority Rights Group International This Minority Rights Group International report examines the international guidelines for how the UN and its member states report and deal with racism and recommendations to improve these practices.
Convention Concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries International Labor Organization This convention recognizes the aspirations of these peoples to exercise control over their own institutions, ways of life and economic development and to maintain and develop their identities,...
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nation.  The Convention follows decades of work by the United Nations...
Crimes Against Humanity: The Islamic Republic’s Attacks on the Bahá’ís This report complements two earlier publications, A Faith Denied: The Persecution of the Bahá’ís of Iran (2006) and Community Under Siege: The Ordeal of the Bahá’ís of Shiraz (2007). It argues that...
Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992. The...
Discrimination Against Religious and Ethnic Minorities in the Islamic Republic Constitution Hossein Raeesi The Iranian nation is made up of diverse religious and ethnic groups. In a sense, Iran can be described as a multi-ethno-religious society. Religious and ethnic diversity throughout history has been...
Electoral Systems and the Protection and Participation of Minorities Andrew Reynolds This report considers the electoral systems behind different conflict situations worldwide, and examines and evaluates the level of minority inclusion. It shows clearly how the participation of...
Ethnic Diversity and the National Identity in Iran Touraj Atabaki This article discusses ethnic diversity and national identity in Iran, as well as the challenges of national borders. This resource is only available in Persian.
Ethnic Minorities and the Political Social Development in Iran Seyed Hashem Hedayati In this article, the structure of the state and the lack of participation of minorities are discussed. This resource is only available in Persian.
Gender, Minorities and Indigenous Peoples Minority Rights Group International This report by Minority Rights Group International examines, in the context of international laws, how minority and indigenous women are treated. In particular, itexamines how ignoring the multiple...
Holocaust Encyclopedia Holocaust Memorial Museum This encyclopedic online resource, compiled by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington DC, comprises a large collection of historical documents, artifacts, essays,...
Human Rights Committee General Comment No. 23: Article 27 (Rights of Minorities) General Comment NO. 23 was adopted by the Human Rights Committee in 1994 to interpret article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Article 27 of ICCPR is the most widely...
Iran: Freedom of Expression and Association in the Kurdish Regions Human Rights Watch This 42-page report documents how Iranian authorities use security laws, press laws, and other legislation to arrest and prosecute Iranian Kurds solely for trying to exercise their right to freedom...
Iranian Jews in Sports Houshang Esfandiar Shahabi This article discusses Jewish athletes in Iran and how society responds to them. This resource is only available in Persian.
Iran’s Christians This article examines the violation of Christians’ rights in Iran. This resource is only available in Persian.
Islam, Tolerance and Baha’i Rights Arash Naraghi This article examines whether or not Baha’is’ rights can be respected in an Islamic society. This resource is only available in Persian.
Learning to Live with Difference “Learning to Live with Difference,” created by PeaceWorks in association with the Anne Frank House, provides a well-formulated overview of human rights that centers on how individuals and groups...
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Fighting for Equal Rights in America Tavaana This exclusive Tavaana case study examines the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Spearheaded by Martin Luther King Jr., the movement utilized traditional tactics of nonviolent civil...
Minority Rights in International Law Jelena Pejic This article examines the concept of minority rights in international law and the mechanisms to protect these rights. This resource is only available in Persian.
Minority Rights: A Major Misconception? Bas de Gaay Forman In this article, Dutch academic Bas de Gaay Forman details minority rights and argues that democracy should be rule of the majority couple with the protection of the minority. He argues that minority...
Minority Rights: The Key to Conflict Prevention Clive Baldwin, Chris Chapman and Zoë Gray This Minority Rights Group International report examines how identity-fueled conflict and the typical peace deals which arise from them are ineffective as a means to peaceful cohabitation. Rather,...
Nazi Book Burnings On May 10, 1933, students across Nazi-ruled Germany burned tens of thousands of books. These book burnings marked the beginning of an era of censorship and widespread cultural repression by Adolf...
Paradox of Tolerance Arash Naraghi The essay discusses the paradox of tolerance and morality.This resource is only in Persian.
Restoring the Rights of Ethnic and Religious Minorities Mehdi Karoubi Mehdi Karoubi refers to the violation of minorities’ rights as a factor damaging national solidarity. This resource is only available in Persian.
Rights of Ethnic and Racial Minorities Human Rights Education Association A study guide describing the minority rights that are protected by international human rights law. Includes a list of international treaties and declarations that determine standards for the...
State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2011 Minority Rights Group International This report includes thematic essays and regional overviews that assess the situation of minority communities around the globe. This year's report is specifically focused on women within minority...
The Fate of the Iranian Baha'is Reza Afshari In this article, the author discusses the violation of Bahais’ rights and the reactions of international organs to these violations. This resource is only available in Persian.
The Holocaust: A Learning Site for Students Holocaust Memorial Museum This learning resource for adolescent and adult learners and educators culls content from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Permanent Exhibition, The Holocaust. Organized by theme, this...
The Minority of Sunnis Jalal Jalali Zadeh In this article, the challenges of religious minorities, specifically Sunni Muslims, are discussed. This resource is only available in Persian.
War and Holocaust Michael Wildt  "War and Holocaust" provides a comprehensive account of Nazi rule in Germany and the war which brought about its downfall. Drawing on the latest research, this exclusive Tavaana translation ...
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I am now familiar with concepts which I had only heard mentioned and which I used without understanding their meanings and connotations. For example, I now understand the difference between secularism and laïcité, or the difference between the separation of church and state and the separation of religion and politics, among other things. I will continue my studies of these topics and share them with others if I can.
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