Iranian Opposition Demands Federalism for Kurdistan

For four days in January and February, Iranian opposition groups held two meetings in Germany and Sweden to discuss the future of minorities in Iran. Kurdish opposition leaders focused on achieving federalism for the Kurdish areas of Iran, but Persian opposition groups strongly opposed the idea for Kurds and other minorities. Their proposed solution was the creation of a free and democratic state. After nearly a year of planning and lengthy debates, the Iranian opposition groups could not agree on an alternative for the current Islamic regime that has been ruling Iran since 1979.

Kawa Ahangari, a representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) at the meeting, told Rudaw, “The meeting was to gain knowledge about the demands of various groups; it was a meeting to discuss various topics.” Ahangari said the meeting led to the creation of an 18-member committee of opposition figures. Muhammad Misri, head of the Worker’s Revolutionary Group of Kurdistan based in Germany, believes that the meeting was not held in order to talk about the rights of Kurds or other minorities in Iran.

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