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.

Raids on Baha’i businesses and homes in Shahin Shahr

Message outside closed Baha’i businesses: “In the Name of the Almighty: This business is shut down for violating business laws. The owner must report to the police”. (Supplied) By Kian Sabeti June 28, 2019 Security forces in Isfahan province have launched a fresh campaign of intimidation against the local Baha’i community, carrying out raids [...]

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

Anti-Semitism and neglect have destroyed a historical Jewish school in Isfahan

The historical Alliance School in Isfahan is in extreme disrepair. (Supplied) June 27, 2019 Among the schools founded by missionaries in Iran, those established by the French are particularly cherished because of the extensive cultural activities they ran to attract Iranian students. Major French schools in Iran included St. Louis, St. Joseph, Franco-Persane and Alliance [...]

By |June 27th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian regime’s repression of Christians ‘shocks the conscience’

Iranian Christians at a church in Tehran. (Reuters) By Benjamin Weinthal June 26, 2019 A horribly familiar description of the Iranian regime’s persecution of Christians and other minorities emerged from a U.S. State Department report on religious freedom published Friday. “In Iran, the regime’s crackdown on Baha’is, Christians and others continues to shock the [...]

By |June 26th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

US resident banned from leaving Iran

Afshin Sheikholeslami Vatani (C) immigrated to the United States in 2015 but before his arrest he had visited Iran several times to see his family. (Supplied) By Niloufar Rostami June 25, 2019 An Iranian Kurdish political activist and United States resident who spent time in jail in February 2019 while visiting Iran has been banned from leaving [...]

By |June 25th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

More violence in Tehran prison as judge accuses Dervishes of being “rioters”

Violence broke out at Fashufuyeh Prison on June 17, leading the dervishes to demand again to be kept on separate wards from inmates held on charges of dangerous criminal activity. (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar June 22, 2019 Gonabadi dervishes are the latest to be caught up in mounting violence in a Tehran jail as [...]

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

36 years on: The Baha’i teenager executed for educating

Mona was the youngest of nine women to be executed on June 18, 1983Mona and her father were arrested at their residence on October 23, 1982, by order of the Revolutionary Prosecutor, and sent to a Revolutionary Guards prison. (IranWire) By Kian Sabeti June 21, 2019 On Saturday, June 18, 1983, an hour after [...]

By |June 21st, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Kurd singer gets 2 years of prison for singing epic Kurdish songs

Peyman Mirzazadeh was transferred to the 110th Branch of the Orumieh Public Court . (Supplied) June 17, 2019 A Kurd singer who was arrested in mid-February was sentenced to two years of prison on charges of “spreading propaganda” against the state. Reports indicate that Peyman Mirzazadeh was transferred to the 110th Branch of the [...]

By |June 17th, 2019|Arts, Iran, Minorities|

Iran: One state, several nations?

Iran's national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012. (REUTERS) By Afshin Berahmand June 10, 2019 Mohammad Khatami’s recent remarks on federalism are admirable. Not because federalism is necessarily right for Iran but because the remarks question whether the institutional expression of Iran leaves room for improvement. What I argue [...]

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

School shut down in Iran over Kurdish dance party

Iran -- dance in school in Mahabad. (Supplied) June 8, 2019 Authorities in Iran have shut down a nonprofit high school in the city of Mahabad, northwestern Iran, for holding a mixed-gender traditional Kurdish dance party. With an estimated population of 200,000, Mahabad is a mainly Sunni Kurd city. The representative of the [...]

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

Iran’s future lies between tolerance and civil war

An Iranian woman walks past pictures of Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei (top L) and of late Iranian supreme leader Khomeini (top R), following the weekly Friday prayer in Tehran on October 13, 2017. (AFP) June 6, 2019 Agiri Esmailnazhad, Kurdish journalist: IranWire asked me to write an article examining whether Iran should adopt [...]

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