The KMMK-G demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Zara Mohammad

Kurdpa Agency: the Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva (KMMK-G) calls on the UN Special Rapporteur for Iran to urge Iranian authorities the immediate and unconditional release of Zara Mohammad.

The text of the letter which has sent to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran is as follows:

The KMMK-G calls on the UN Special Rapporteur for Iran to urge Iranian authorities the immediate and unconditional release of Ms. Zara Mohammadi, a volunteer teacher in Kurdish language, from Sina/Sanandaj, arrested at her home on 23 May 2019

According to information that the Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva (KMMK-G) has received, Ms. Zara Mohammadi, a Kurdish language teacher, was arrested at her home on 23 May 2019, by Iranian security agents who confiscated her phone and computer. Ms. Mohammadi has been arrested along with her two colleagues, Edris Minbari and Rebwar Minbari, due to their volunteer activities in teaching Kurdish children writing and reading in their mother tongue. On 25 May, both Minbari and Minbari have been released, however Ms. Mohammadi was held incommunicado for a few days. She has been then transferred to a prison in Sina where she is currently detained.

Ms. Zara Mohammedi, 29 years-old, is an inhabitant of Sina/Sanandaj, an Iranian Kurdish city. She holds a Master’s Degree in Geopolitical field from Birjand University in Iran. Mohammedi, in cooperation with Nozhin Council in Sanandaj city and the villages around it, taught hundreds of Kurdish children reading and writing in their mother tongue, while the Iranian authorities continue to impose restrictions on learning the Kurdish language.

The right to the use and education in mother tongue is a fundamental human right and guaranteed by many International treaties and agreements such the UN Minorities Declaration, adopted by the General Assembly in December 1992, the Hague Recommendations Regarding the Education Rights of National Minorities (1996), the Oslo Recommendations Regarding the Education Rights of National Minorities (1998), Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (1995) contain same linguistic rights with different formulations. And the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages Charter.

The detention of Ms. Zara Mohammadi is an obvious violation of the above-mentioned treaties and the Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva while strongly condemns her detention, calls on the Special Rapporteur for Iran Dr. Javaid Rehman to make a public statement and urge the Iranian authorities the immediate and unconditional release of Ms. Mohammadi.

The Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva (KMMK-G)