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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.

Kurdish-Iranian author asylum-seeker celebrates freedom in New Zealand

Kurdish-Iranian writer Behrouz Boochani. (Getty) November 16, 2019 A Kurdish-Iranian refugee who penned a book on a mobile phone while held in an Australian detention camp said Friday he was celebrating life “as a free man” in New Zealand. Award-winning author Behrouz Boochani is in Christchurch to attend a literary festival and discuss [...]

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

Why ethnic Arabs poured into streets in Iran after death of a young poet

Protests erupted Sunday evening in Ahvaz, capital of Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province. Nov. 11, 2019. (Social Media) November 15, 2019 Protesters in Ahvaz in Khuzestan Province and some Ethnic Arab rights' activists claim Iranian security and intelligence bodies are responsible for the death of Hassan Haydari, a popular poet and advocate of ethnic [...]

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

Protests continued in Iran’s oil-rich province

Protest broke out in Ahvaz, Shadegan and Kut-E Abdollah after a young and famous anti regime poet was killed suspiciously by regime forces- November 11, 2019. (Social Media) November 12, 2019 Protests in southwestern Iran that started Sunday evening because of a local poet’s death in hospital, continued Monday during his funeral services. [...]

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

Protests erupt in Iran after an ethnic Arab poet dies in hospital

Protests erupted Sunday evening in Ahvaz, capital of Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province. Nov. 11, 2019. (Social Media) November 11, 2019 Numerous video clips published on social media show groups of residents in Ahvaz, the capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province came to the streets to protest Sunday evening. Some reports say that the reason [...]

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

Harsh sentences for three young Iranian Baha’is

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 November 11, 2019 After languishing in jail for six months, three Baha’i residents of Semnan have been sentenced to a total 23 years in prison and [...]

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

The Google quantum scientist was banned from attending university in Iran

Pedram Roushan, second from left, is part of the Google AI Quantum team that created the world's first quantum computer. (IranWire) By Kian Sabeti November 1, 2019 An Iranian Baha’i is part of the team behind Google’s newly-announced “discovery of the millennium” — the world's first quantum computer. On 22 October, Google researchers announced [...]

By |November 1st, 2019|Minorities, North America, USA|

Iran sentences three Bahais to 20 years for their religious beliefs

Ardeshir Fanaian, aged 30, Behnam Eskandarian, aged 25 and Yalda Firuzian, aged 20 – were arrested, without any news on their whereabouts and situation. (Supplied) October 30, 2019 The Revolutionary Court in Iran’s Semnan Province has sentenced three members of the Bahai religious minority to a total of 20 years in jail on [...]

By |October 30th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Fresh crackdown on the Baha’is of Shiraz

Farzan Masoumi, Kiana Shojayi and Shoroshabadi, three Baha'i citizens arrested in Shiraz. (Social Media) October 23, 2019 Intelligence agents raided the homes of 10 Baha’is on the morning of October 21, and arrested three of them. According to a report sent to IranWire, the raids took place simultaneously in Shiraz in the southwest province [...]

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

65 Baha’is stand trial in just six months

Demonstrators hold images of imprisoned Iranian Baha'i religious leaders at a protest in Rio de Janeiro, June 2011. (Reuters) By Kian Sabeti October 8, 2019 Following on from the recent arrests of dozens of Baha’is, a member of Iran’s Baha’i community has described to IranWire the increased discrimination the religious community has faced since the [...]

By |October 8th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Harassment and imprisonment: Life as a persecuted Christian in Iran

Iranian Christian Dabrina Tamraz advocated at the United Nations on behalf of Christians detained in her home country. (Supplied) October 3, 2019 Dabrina Tamraz grew up as the daughter of a pastor living under the Iranian regime. Alongside church services and bible studies, her childhood memories are tainted by government surveillance, harassment, interrogation, [...]

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