19th regular session of the Human Rights Council
An overview of the situation of ethnic groups in the Islamic Republic of Iran This report highlights the general situation of ethnic groups and civil society activists working on the promotion and protection of their rights in Iran.
Iran is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, and multi-confessional country with over 70 million inhabitants. This includes Arabs, Azeris, Baluchs, Kurds, Persians and Turkmens, all with different cultures, languages and religions. The official language in Iran is Persian. According to reports, the exclusive use of Persian in official transactions is a difficulty that many elderly and women from minorities, who may not have a strong command of Persian, have to deal with. Read more: An overview of the situation of ethnic groups in the Islamic Republic of Iran