Voices of the Middle East on 12/10/10

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Fri, 12/10/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Iranian Human Rights Day 2010.

Two groups that face gross discrimination by the government in Iran as well as the society are religious and sexual minorities.  While these groups do not threaten the government establishment in a political way, they are still subject to silent violations of their human rights.  Followers of Baha'i and Jewish faiths are accused of spying for Israel and their loyalty is questioned.  Their education and chances of participation in the regular life are extremely minimal, and in many cases they are denied equal opportunities.  The GLBT community are treated as outcasts by both the society and the government.

 

Host Goudarz Eghtedari speaks with representatives of both groups. His guests are two Baha’i faith members from Portland, who will be speaking about the situation of their community in Iran and their persecutions by the government.  Later we will hear about gays in Iran and their refuge in Turkey and finally their resettlement in Portland. The guest is a gay refugee who has arrived in Portland from Turkey.

 

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