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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.

23 Dervishes convicted to long prison terms and lashes

The aftermath of security forces attacking Dervishes in Tehran in February 2018. Street is littered with motorbikes and debris. (Supplied) March 18, 2019 The Iranian Judiciary sentenced 23 members of Iran’s Gonabadi Dervish minority to hefty prison terms and lashes. The dervishes have been sentenced to overall 190 years of prison, 46 years [...]

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

Human rights violations on the rise in Iran

Activists act out human rights abuses as they gather outside the UN headquarters in New York on Sept. 20, 2017. (AP) By Majid Rafizadeh March 12, 2019 It is unfortunate that the Iranian regime’s human rights violations are attracting little attention from international media outlets. When President Hassan Rouhani was running for re-election, he [...]

By |March 12th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Trump admin admits a dozen Iranian Christian refugees, hundreds more in limbo

Women worship as part of Iran's Christian community, which is growing despite persecution. (Reuters) By Dan De Luce March 9, 2019 U.S. authorities have allowed about a dozen Christian refugees from Iran into the U.S. after a federal court ordered their cases reopened, but the fate of hundreds of other Iranian refugees seeking [...]

By |March 9th, 2019|Minorities, North America, USA|

Secret executions of ethnic minorities in Iran on the rise

Iran -- Executions in public, undated. (MEHR) By Milad Pourisa March 6, 2019 The overall number of people executed in Iran dropped in 2018, but executions of people from minority ethnic groups has risen, according to a new report by the Iran Human Rights organization (IHR). The report also highlights that Iran is still [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran: As crackdown continues, signs point to targeting of women’s and minorities’ rights activists

Thousands of people rally in support of Iranian anti-government protests in Los Angeles, Jan. 7, 2018. (Reuters) By Edward Carny March 5, 2019 In the midst of a broad-ranging crackdown on dissent, authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran have taken aim at a number of specific groups. Since the beginning of 2018, [...]

By |March 5th, 2019|Iran, Minorities, Woman|

UN urges Iran to end child executions, suppression of ethnic minorities

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (C) and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet (R) arrive at the opening day of the 40th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on February 25, 2019 in Geneva. (AFP) February 28, 2019 In his latest report submitted to the UN Human Rights [...]

By |February 28th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

The persecution of minorities under the Islamic Republic and the case of the Baha’is

A protest in Brazil on behalf of Baha'i prisoners in Iran. (Ana Carolina Fernandes/AFP/Getty Images) By Track Persia February 28, 2019 The regime in Iran considers Iranians who do not belong to the majority Shi’i Muslim sect including non-Shi'i Muslims, such as Sunnis, and non-Muslims such as Zoroastrians, Jews, and Armenian as well [...]

By |February 28th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran Dervishes speak from behind bars

The aftermath of security forces attacking Dervishes in Tehran in February 2018. Street is littered with motorbikes and debris. (Supplied) By Mahtab Vahidi Rad February 23, 2019 One year ago, the quiet, upper-class Tehran neighborhood of Golestan Haftom became a war zone. In late January 2018, bloody clashes broke out between dervishes of the [...]

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

Iran arrests six Christian converts

Dozens of other Christian converts have been arrested in the past decade in Iran, some receiving lengthy prison sentences. (Getty) February 22, 2019 Iranian security has arrested six Iranian Christian converts in the northern city of Rasht during February, according to sources who spoke to Radio Farda. Converting to another religion is forbidden [...]

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

Iran goes after Christian converts

Iranian Christians at a church in Tehran. (Reuters) By Marjan Keypour Greenblatt February 19, 2019 As the Islamic Republic marked its 40th anniversary, Iranian religious minorities are experiencing continual persecution. Hundreds of Gonabadi Dervishes, Sunnis, Christians and Baha’is are incarcerated for their religious beliefs. While the pressures on religious minorities have been persistent since [...]

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