A preliminary UN report accuses Iran of denying basic amenities to its ethnic and religious minorities and in some cases confiscating their land. The report focuses on accounts of discrimination in areas across the country's western borders, home to Arab and Kurdish minorities, where ethnic unrest has flared this week. The report says regions historically occupied by Kurds seem to suffer disproportionate inadequacy of services such as water and electricity and unsatisfactory reconstruction efforts. The findings were collated on a trip to Iran by Miloon Kothari, the UN's special rapporteur on adequate housing. His preliminary report will be discussed by a UN human rights commission in April. Kothari said there were also reports of the state confiscating land from the Bahai religious minority. There has been no immediate comment from the government, which has denied such charges in the past.