Seventy-third session

Item 74 (c) of the provisional agenda*

Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives

Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran**

Report of the Secretary-General

Situation of ethnic and religious minorities

  1. The Government stated that fundamental rights are recognized for all Iranian citizens regardless of ethnic or religious affiliation, in compliance with articles 13, 19 and 20 of the Constitution. In 2018 to date, OHCHR has continued to receive reports [1]describing discrimination faced by ethnic and religious minorities, including denial of access to university and to employment opportunities, discriminatory access to basic services, such as health care, and underrepresentation in public affairs, including at the city council level. Restrictions placed upon the use of minority languages and cultural practices, including in primary and secondary education, continued in contravention of article 15 of the Constitution and possibly also in violation of article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. OHCHR also received multiple reports of incitement of hatred against the Baha’i and Azerbaijani Turkish communities. Reports further indicate that members of minority groups constitute the majority of political prisoners in the Islamic Republic of Iran and a disproportionate percentage of persons executed on political and national security-related charges.[

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