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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’s IRGC continues arbitrary killing of Kurdish porters

Working as a border porter or “kolbar” has turned into a prominent occupation for many in Iran’s western cities bordering Iraq and Turkey. (Supplied) August 14, 2019 According to Iranian human rights sources,during the past weeks the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have opened fire on porters, killing and wounding dozens in Iran’s border areas. [...]

By |August 14th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Baha’is arrested in Karaj

A protest in Brazil on behalf of Baha'i prisoners in Iran. (AFP) By Kian Sabeti August 13, 2019 Authorities have arrested Baha’i citizens in Tehran province, the latest in a string of harassment of and discrimination against the country’s largest minority religion. A prolific and aggressive media campaign against Baha'is has accompanied the arrests. On [...]

By |August 13th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran executes Ahwazi Arab men ‘tortured to confess’

Abdullah Karmollah Chab and Ghassem Abdullah were executed by Iranian authorities on Sunday, July 4, 2019. (Supplied) August 7, 2019 Iranian authorities executed two Ahwazi Arab member, on Sunday, in the Fajr prison in the southwestern city of Dezful, the state media reported. Abdullah Karmollah Chab and Ghassem Abdullah, from Iran’s Ahwazi Arab [...]

By |August 7th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Two Iran Revolutionary Guards killed in clash with militants

Kurdish guerrillas in Iran's northwestern region. (AP) August 7, 2019 Two members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have been killed in clashes with militants in a northwestern region near the border with Turkey, Iranian state television reported on Wednesday. “The governor of Maku said two Guards were martyred in a clash with terrorists [...]

By |August 7th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian authorities step up punishment of Christians

Christian women attend a church service in Tehran, Iran. (Reuters) By Niloufar Rostami August 7, 2019 Mike Pence, the vice president of the United States, has called on Iran to release two Christians in prison. Pence raised the cases of Mahrokh Kanbari, a newly-converted Christian, and Bet Tamraz, a Christian pastor, on Twitter on [...]

By |August 7th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian Baha’i man held in “digital shackles”

Mohammadi denies that he created the hashtag “#Life_with_Discrimination” and says he has only been found guilty because he is a Baha’i. (Supplied) By Kian Sabeti August 3, 2019 The appellate Revolutionary Court in the province of Yazd has placed severe restrictions on the movements of a Baha’i man as punishment for proselytizing and “propaganda [...]

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

Iran’s harsh treatment of ethnic minorities

Iran -- Iranian Arabs protesting in front of local TV office in city of Ahvaz, undated. (Social Media) By Majid Rafizadeh July 29, 2019 When it comes to Iran, several important developments — such as the tanker crisis in the Strait of Hormuz, Iran’s violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, aka the [...]

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

Iran’s Sunni leader lambasts the military and the ruling establishment

Molavi Abdol-Hamid Ismaeelzahi (L), a Sunni theologian and the spiritual leader of the Sunni community in Iran, in a meeting of Sunni clerics with president Rouhani, on December 11, 2016. (IRNA) July 27, 2019 In an scathing attack on the Islamic Republic policies, the most influential Sunni leader in Iran has called upon [...]

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

Iranian Afshar Alizadeh: From Christian refugee to Austrian futsal star

After settling in Austria, Afshar became the goalkeeper for the national futsal team. (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar July 26, 2019 When Afshar Alizadeh arrived in Austria in September 2015, he had no idea he would go on to be a national futsal star. All he wanted was a better life than the one [...]

By |July 26th, 2019|Europe, Minorities|

Twitter blocks accounts of Iranian state media outlets after harassment of the Baha’i faith

People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken September 27, 2013. (REUTERS) July 22, 2019 A day after Twitter suspended the accounts of several Iranian state media outlets, the social networking service said Saturday it acted after harassment of people linked to [...]

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