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This section is updated with news, updates, and articles that explore the Status of Minorities in Iran. Their life in Theocratic Iran has not been an easy ride.

This section has been set up separately to assist researchers and people who are interested in minorities as a page for direct access to such important topic.

Iran Guards hold wargames aimed at Kurdish insurgents in northwest

Damage to the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party headquarters in Koysinjaq after targeted by IRGC, September 12, 2018. (AFP) August 22, 2019 The Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' (IRGC) Ground Force disclosed on Wednesday, August 21, that his men held a military drill in Buralan heights, near the city of Maku, West [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian teachers imprisoned, tortured, executed

Hashem Shaabani and Hadi Rashidi were charged with “activities against national security,” “waging war on God” and “spreading corruption on earth”. (Supplied) August 21, 2019 The Islamic Republic of Iran often prides itself on its expansion of literacy and education across the country. Yet, instead of being proud of teachers who do their [...]

By |August 21st, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran mobilizes forces on border with Kurdistan

Iranian Kurdish opposition fighters on the Iraqi side of the border with Iran. (AP) August 19, 2019 Gunmen from opposition Iranian Kurdish parties are increasing their activities on the Iranian border, prompting the army to boost its presence along the border with Kurdistan Region, according to residents of the Sidakan village, 90 kilometers [...]

By |August 19th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

New wave of arrests against Baha’i community in Iran

A Baha'i leader, Jamaloddin Khanjani (C) after his release form prison in March 2017. (Supplied) August 15, 2019 The Islamic Republic security agents have arrested at least seven Iranian Baha'is in the past ten days, reports say. While confirming the reports, the Geneva-based Baha'i International Community says it is not yet clear which [...]

By |August 15th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Kurdish-Iranian detained refugee receives 4th Australian literary award

Kurdish-Iranian writer Behrouz Boochani. (Getty) August 14, 2019 Kurdish-Iranian writer Behrouz Boochani won yet another Australian literary award for his autobiography, “No Friend but the Mountains”, however, he was not able to receive the award because he is detained on Manus Island. Australia’s State Library of New South Wales said the autobiography won [...]

By |August 14th, 2019|Australia, Minorities|

Iran’s IRGC continues arbitrary killing of Kurdish porters

Working as a border porter or “kolbar” has turned into a prominent occupation for many in Iran’s western cities bordering Iraq and Turkey. (Supplied) August 14, 2019 According to Iranian human rights sources,during the past weeks the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have opened fire on porters, killing and wounding dozens in Iran’s border areas. [...]

By |August 14th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Baha’is arrested in Karaj

A protest in Brazil on behalf of Baha'i prisoners in Iran. (AFP) By Kian Sabeti August 13, 2019 Authorities have arrested Baha’i citizens in Tehran province, the latest in a string of harassment of and discrimination against the country’s largest minority religion. A prolific and aggressive media campaign against Baha'is has accompanied the arrests. On [...]

By |August 13th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran executes Ahwazi Arab men ‘tortured to confess’

Abdullah Karmollah Chab and Ghassem Abdullah were executed by Iranian authorities on Sunday, July 4, 2019. (Supplied) August 7, 2019 Iranian authorities executed two Ahwazi Arab member, on Sunday, in the Fajr prison in the southwestern city of Dezful, the state media reported. Abdullah Karmollah Chab and Ghassem Abdullah, from Iran’s Ahwazi Arab [...]

By |August 7th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Two Iran Revolutionary Guards killed in clash with militants

Kurdish guerrillas in Iran's northwestern region. (AP) August 7, 2019 Two members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have been killed in clashes with militants in a northwestern region near the border with Turkey, Iranian state television reported on Wednesday. “The governor of Maku said two Guards were martyred in a clash with terrorists [...]

By |August 7th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian authorities step up punishment of Christians

Christian women attend a church service in Tehran, Iran. (Reuters) By Niloufar Rostami August 7, 2019 Mike Pence, the vice president of the United States, has called on Iran to release two Christians in prison. Pence raised the cases of Mahrokh Kanbari, a newly-converted Christian, and Bet Tamraz, a Christian pastor, on Twitter on [...]

By |August 7th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|