Nationwide protests in Iran over the death of a young Iranian Kurdish woman in the custody of Iran’s morality police.

 

About Kurds

  • The Kurds are members of a large, predominantly Muslim ethnic group.
  • They speak a language related to Farsi and live mostly in a mountainous region straddling the borders of Armenia, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey.
  • Treaty of Sèvres — After World War I, Western powers promised Kurds their own homeland in the agreement known as the Treaty of Sèvres.
  • Treaty of Lausanne — But later the Treaty of Lausanne, ratified in 1924, divided the Kurds among the new nations of the Middle East.
  • Today, there are more than 30 million Kurds living across the region, with about half of them in Turkey.
  • Iraq is the only country in the region to have established an autonomous Kurdish region, known as Iraqi Kurdistan. Its parliament was founded in 1992.