Baku, Azerbaijan, May 31
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani emphasized the right of Iranian ethnic groups for mother tongue education.
Addressing a gathering of people in the northwestern city of Mahabad on May 31, Rouhani said that all Iranian ethnic groups should be able to teach their mother tongue, the state-run IRINN TV reported.
He further said that the administration is "negotiating" with the education ministry for implementation of the article 15 of Iran's constitution.
The mentioned article says that the "Official language (of Iran)... is Persian...[and]... the use of regional and tribal languages in the press and mass media, as well as for teaching their literature at schools, is allowed in addition to Persian."
Rouhani further said that Iran's ethnic diversity and mother tongue of the ethnic groups in the country should be respected.
He further said that centers were established in Tabriz and Ardabil cities (Capital city of Iran's East Azerbaijan and Ardabil provinces) as well as Kurdistan province, in this regard.
Rouhani's presidential campaign promises to protect ethnic minority rights have not yet matched his economic successes and achievements.
So far, Rouhani has not succeeded to realize his presidential campaign promises regarding teaching the ethnic mother languages of Iranians (Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Arabic, etc.).
The issue of establishment of the Academy of Azerbaijani language and literature in Tabriz that was also among Rouhani's promises during his campaign also remains unresolved.