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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 launched Christmas crackdown on persecuted Christian minority

A girl looks at Christmas trees as she and her mother walk past Christmas decorations in central Tehran, Dec. 13, 2011. (Reuters) By Benjamin Weinthal January 18, 2019 The Islamic Republic of Iran unleashed yet another crackdown on the country’s struggling Christian minority before and after Christmas, prompting international calls for help – and for much tougher action against [...]

By |January 18th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Son of a murdered Iranian Sunni cleric: the life of terror that made me leave my home

Anam Dehvari left Iran seven years ago. He says he misses his family. "I was not with them during the most important period of my life". (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar January 10, 2019 Anam Dehvari once had plans to become a physician like his brother. But then his life was turned upside down: his [...]

By |January 10th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Persecution of Baha’is continues with 60 arrests and interrogations

The four Baha’is who were arrested in Isfahan on January 5. From left: Farzad Homayooni, Mohsen Mehregani, Manouchehr Rahmani and Sohrab Naghipoor. (IranWire) By Kian Sabeti January 10, 2019 Over the last few weeks, more than 60 Baha’is have been arrested and interrogated in cities across Iran, and four more were detained so that [...]

By |January 10th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s persecution of Christians signals wider human rights abuses

Women worship as part of Iran's Christian community, which is growing despite persecution. (Reuters) January 9, 2019 In the run-up to Christmas, the Iranian Regime arrested 100 Christians for allegedly promoting their faith to Muslims in an effort to convert them. Supposedly, Christianity is a tolerated religion and its followers should not be [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s ethnic groups

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks to ethnic Arabs during a visit to Dehlavieh in the province of Khuzestan, on 25 March 2006. (AFP) By Lionel Beehner January 4, 2019 Although Iran’s state religion is Shiite Islam and the majority of its population is ethnically Persian, millions of minorities from various ethnic, religious, and linguistic [...]

By |January 4th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s silent plan to destroy the Baha’i community

An Iranian woman walks past pictures of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (top L) and of late Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (top R), following the weekly Friday prayer in Tehran on October 13, 2017.(AFP) January 4, 2019 The Iranian government is actively employing systematic measures in an effort to eradicate [...]

By |January 4th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Elderly Baha’i man arrested for third time for practicing his religion

While searching Ali Ahmadi’s house, agents of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry called him a ‘Baha’i dog’ and warned him not to make contact with them with his ‘filthy’ body. (CHRI) January 4, 2019 Formerly imprisoned Baha’i faith member Ali Ahmadi has been arrested for a third time in Iran on the charge of “propaganda [...]

By |January 4th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

No merry Christmas for Iranian Christians

Religious freedom has continued to deteriorate during the past year in Iran, with the government targeting Baha’is and Christian converts in particular. (ISNA) January 1, 2019 The Shia denomination of Islam is Iran's official religion. According to the 2018 United States International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Report, freedom for other religions in that country, such [...]

By |January 1st, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Sunni leader allowed to leave Iran and visit Oman

Molavi Abdul-Hamid is banned from traveling outside Sistan and Baluchestan Province, although he is allowed to visit Tehran. (Supplied) December 26, 2018 The most prominent Sunni cleric in Iran has been allowed to travel out of the country for the first time in almost a decade. Mawlana Abdol-Hamid (also known as Molavi AbdulHamid) [...]

By |December 26th, 2018|Minorities, Oman|

Hundreds of Christians in Iran arrested ahead of Christmas

Iranian Christians stand in line at a church in Tehran. (Reuters) December 24, 2018 Over 150 Iranian Christians have been detained in the past month and arrests are expected to continue over the Christmas holiday. Those arrested include Amir Taleipour, 39, and his wife Mahnaz Harati, 36, who were arrested in front of [...]

By |December 24th, 2018|Iran, Minorities|