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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 strikes opposition positions on border with Iraqi Kurdistan

Damage to the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party headquarters in Koysinjaq after being targeted by IRGC, September 12, 2018. (AFP) July 12, 2019 Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards used drones and missiles to strike headquarters of a Kurdish militant group near Iran’s border with neighboring Iraq’s Kurdistan region, the Iranian semi-official Tasnim news agency reported [...]

By |July 12th, 2019|Iraq, Minorities|

Iran gives long prison terms to 9 Baha’is

The Birjad court in Southern Khorasan province sentenced each of the Baha’i men and women to six years of prison and confiscated money raised by the Baha’i community in the city. (Supplied) July 12, 2019 Nine Baha’is, members of a religious minority that has experienced decades of discrimination in Iran received lengthy prison [...]

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

Another bloody clash between IRGC, armed groups in western Iran

A militiaman of the Kurdistan Freedom Party, an Iranian Kurdish opposition group, looks over the sandbags at a section of the frontline near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, Sept. 5, 2016. (AP) July 11, 2019 Iranian media reported Thursday, July 11 that another clash has taken place between the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, [...]

By |July 11th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

How Iran’s new education proposal silences and criminalizes non-Persian languages

Iranian girls study in a classroom at a school in Kerman, Iran, October 23, 2016. (REUTERS) By Rahim Hamid July 9, 2019 For many decades, successive Iranian regimes have perpetrated injustices against non-Persian peoples who make up approximately half of the country’s population. Indeed, the Islamic Republic chose to follow in the footsteps of the [...]

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

Iran’s regime arrests 8 Christians, sending them to solitary confinement

Iranian Christians stand in line at a church in Tehran. (Reuters) July 6, 2019 Security officials from Iran’s Intelligence Ministry on July 1 raided the homes of eight Iranians who converted to Christianity in the southern city of Bushehr, carting them off to solitary confinement. The arrest was first reported on Friday by Article [...]

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

US re-designates Iran separatist Sunni militant group as ‘terrorist’

Jaysh al-Adl operates mainly in southeastern Iran, where there is a substantial concentration of Sunni Baluchis and a porous border with Pakistan.. (AFP) July 4, 2019 The U.S. Department of State has re-designated an Iranian Sunni militant, separatist group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) on July 2. The group has been waging [...]

By |July 4th, 2019|Minorities, North America, USA|

Multiple clashes reported between IRGC and Kurdish insurgents

Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of taking part in training in the town of Koya, 100 kms north of Arbil, Iraq, March 19, 2016. (AFP) July 3, 2019 The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Forces says its units killed two "anti-revolution terrorists" in Iran’s northwestern Chaldaran region early [...]

By |July 3rd, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian security forces kill defenseless Baluchi civilian in southeast Iran

Zaman Malek Mohammadi, a member of the Iranian Baluchi minority, was shot dead by police forces in the city of Jalgh. (INU) July 1, 2019 Iranian police forces in Jalgh, southeast Iran, open fired and killed an unarmed citizen before ransacking his home. The victim, Zaman Malek Mohammadi, a member of the Iranian [...]

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

Baha’is denied family contact as they mark two months in jail

Ardeshir Fanaian, aged 30, Behnam Eskandarian, aged 25 and Yalda Firuzian, aged 20 – were arrested, without any news on their whereabouts and situation. (IranWire) By Kian Sabeti July 1, 2019 It has been nearly two months since three Baha’is in Semnan – Ardeshir Fanaian, aged 30, Behnam Eskandarian, aged 25, and Yalda Firuzian, aged 20 [...]

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

Amnesty International: Iran’s authorities must investigate death in custody of Ahwazi Arab detainee

Benyamin Alboghbiesh was arrested on 26 May. Just a month later, on 26 June, his family were informed that he had died at a detention centre in Ahvaz, in southern Iran. (Supplied) June 29, 2019 The Iranian authorities must urgently carry out an effective and impartial investigation into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the [...]

By |June 29th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|