Rajesh Rai Speaking at the European Parliament in Brussels

Rajesh Rai was invited by the Kurdish Human Rights Project to give a talk iin the European Parliament. The title of the talk was "Culture and linguistic rights in Education and mother Tongue education in the Kurdish regions" and was given on the 11 October 2011.

The talk was based on a briefing paper of the same title dated July 2011, compiled by the KHRP, which made recommendations to Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq, civic society in Kurdish regions and international communities.

The talk dealt with international instruments which impose upon these states positive obligations in relation to protecting and promoting the mother tongue languages of Kurdish minorities, and states' failures in protecting minority rights. This includes reservations by these states to important sections of the international instruments governing minority rights.

The talk was well attended and chaired by Jean Lambert MEP.

The report is available here.