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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.

Hit by deadly floods, discrimination, Iran’s Baluchistan calls for help

Relief efforts have been minimal in Baluchistan cities and extremely scant in the villages. (Supplied) January 15, 2020 Floods have claimed at least three lives, demolished thousands of homes, schools, medical centers and businesses in towns and villages, and killed thousands of animals since early January in the province of Sistan and Baluchistan [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

False accusations and poisoned juice: Baha’i jeweler sent to jail in Iran

Kamran Shahidi ran a goldsmith's shop in Tehran, where he made jewelry embedded with Baha'i faith symbols. (Supplied) By Kian Sabeti January 13, 2020 Kamran Shahidi never expected his life to change forever after a regular customer entered his jewelry shop in Tehran. But that is exactly what happened just over two years ago – resulting in [...]

By |January 13th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran sentences Kurd political prisoner to death

People stage a protest against execution by Iran of up to 20 Kurdish Islamists suspected of attacks on security forces, in front of the Brandenburg gate in Berlin, Germany, August 12, 2016. (Reuters) January 02, 2019 Iran sentenced a Kurd political prisoner to death in a court in the western province of Sanandaj [...]

By |January 2nd, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran summons Kuwait envoy to protest ‘anti-Iranian’ meeting

An unidentified man chants as others wave the flag of the Al Ahwaz Liberation Organization during a protest in front of the European Council building in Brussels, on April 18, 2008. (AP) December 30, 2019 Iran summoned Kuwait's envoy in Tehran on Saturday to protest about Kuwaiti officials meeting a representative of a [...]

By |December 30th, 2019|Kuwait, Minorities|

Sufi leader dies in Iran, security block streets around hospital

The Gonabadi dervishes charismatic leader, 90 year-old Noor Ali Tabandeh. (ISNA) December 24, 2019 The leader of one of Iran’s largest Sufi sects, Noor Ali Tabandeh, died on Tuesday in a hospital in Tehran, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported. He was 92. ISNA said Tabandeh had passed away in the capital’s Mehr [...]

By |December 24th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran health official warns about outbreak of diseases in flood-stricken Ahwaz

Residents of cities and villages adjacent to Ahvaz rivers act to prevent flooding. (Tasnim) December 24, 2019 An Iranian health official in the flood-stricken city of Ahwaz in Khuzestan Province on Sunday warned about an outbreak of cholera and leishmaniasis and called on the authorities to take immediate prevention measures. Mehrdad Sharifi, Head [...]

By |December 24th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian lawmaker warns about health condition of Dervish prisoners on hunger strike

The aftermath of security forces attacking Dervishes in Tehran in February 2018. Street is littered with motorbikes and debris. (Supplied) December 23, 2019 Tehran's outspoken member of parliament Mahmoud Sadeqi has warned about the dangerous health condition of imprisoned dervishes who are on a hunger strike in Iran. In a tweet on Friday, [...]

By |December 23rd, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Sweden jails man for spying on Ahwazi community for Iran

Ahwazi Arabs protest Iran's oil exploitation & human rights abuses outside the London offices of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) on 3 July 2016. (PTF) December 20, 2019 An Iraqi Swede was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison on Friday for spying on the Ahwazi community in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe [...]

By |December 20th, 2019|Europe, Minorities|

Iran Sunni leader calls for release of outspoken cleric

Molavi Abdul Hamid meets Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei, undated. (IRNA)  December 16, 2019 The spiritual leader of Iran's Sunni population has called for the immediate release of a fellow clergyman, who has been behind bars since November 28. "The Islamic Republic authorities must raise the level of their tolerance, and address problems through [...]

By |December 16th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran arrests evangelical Christians before Christmas holiday

A girl looks at Christmas trees as she and her mother walk past Christmas decorations in central Tehran, Dec. 13, 2011. (Reuters) December 16, 2019 The Iranian regime has begun cracking down on evangelical Christians in Iran in the run-up to Christmas, experts and Iranian Christians said. Security officials routinely arrest Christian citizens [...]

By |December 16th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|