Komala is one two main parties that represent between five and six million Kurds living in four Kurdish-majority provinces in Iran’s North West. Kurds refer to this region as East Kurdistan, with the Kurdish areas of Iraq, Syria and Turkey known as South, West and North Kurdistan respectively.
The Iranian nuclear issue has created an international consensus towards the Islamic regime, which is fine. But this issue has had the opposite effect for the Iranian opposition. What can unite the opposition is the prospect of a democratic, secular and federative Iran that strives to bring social justice to all. This is a project that Iran deserves and the Iranian opposition has every right to ask the world to support.
Mohtadi: We are really suspicious of it. It’s not in the interests of the Iranian people to pursue such programs. In fact, it is harmful. We understand the concerns of the international community. But in terms of exerting political pressure and sanctions, the human rights issues cannot be pushed aside.
Mr Mohtadi outlined the situation of the Kurdish community in Iran, which he sees as one of the main unresolved issues in the Middle East.
I hope Kurds can get their full rights in Iran and the region. We, as the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan, are for a democratic, pluralist and federal Iran, where the rights of Kurds and other ethnic and religious minorities are safe-guarded in the constitution and respected by the government. Iran needs a complete structural change. You cannot have democracy without basic human rights. Iran is a country where ethnic and religious minorities are repressed and discriminated against, this needs to be changed and I hope to see this change in the near future
Interview with Mr. Abdullah Mohtadi