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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.

From Tehran to Haifa: Landmark architect designs key Baha’i Shrine in Israel

The shrine will be adjacent to a garden where Abdul Baha is known to have lived in northern Israel between Haifa and Akka. (Supplied) By Arash Azizi September 25, 2019 Architects who design national landmarks can expect to be feted by their nation for many years to come. This could have been the case [...]

By |September 25th, 2019|Isreal, Minorities|

Extrajudicial killing of Ahwazis in Iran continues despite UN condemnation

Ahwazi Arabs protest Iran's oil exploitation & human rights abuses outside the London offices of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) on 3 July 2016. (PTF) By Rahim Hamid and Aaron Meyer September 16, 2019 On July 18, 2019 Javaid Rehman, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic [...]

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

Children of Iran’s “unofficial” religious minorities ordered to keep quiet

Young schoolboys in Iran. Undated. (ISNA) By Maryam Dehkordi September 14, 2019 Iran’s new education minister has used the launch of a new country-wide project as an opportunity to strike out against Iran’s religious minorities, potentially giving schools greater freedom to discriminate against non-Shia Muslim students. “If students say that they follow a faith [...]

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

The Iranian judiciary’s unjust and discriminatory tactics against the Baha’is

Faezeh Hashemi (second from right) in a meeting with Fariba Kamalabadi before she was released. (IranWire) September 12, 2019 Despite using a range of tactics, the Islamic Republic and its judiciary, as well as authorities before it, have not been able to destroy Iran's Baha'i community. And now, writes Nasser Sedghi, public opinion is turning against [...]

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

The underground classrooms of future architects

Dr. Mitra Kanaani, a professor and director of the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, outlines the challenges one group of architecture students faced. (Iran Wire) By Mahrokh Gholamhosseinpour September 11, 2019 A film about the Baha’is of Iran and their commitment to education and resilience despite hostility from the leaders [...]

By |September 11th, 2019|Arts, Iran, Minorities|

Son of Dr. Kambiz Sadeghzadeh Milani: I hope my father was killed by a firing squad

The members of the first National Spiritual Assembly of Baha’is who were “disappeared” in 1980. (Supplied) By Mahrokh Gholamhosseinpour August 27, 2019 As authorities continue to target and persecute Iran’s Baha’i community, the families of nine prominent Baha’is who were forcibly disappeared 39 years ago are still trying to find out what happened to [...]

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

Iran Guards hold wargames aimed at Kurdish insurgents in northwest

Damage to the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party headquarters in Koysinjaq after targeted by IRGC, September 12, 2018. (AFP) August 22, 2019 The Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' (IRGC) Ground Force disclosed on Wednesday, August 21, that his men held a military drill in Buralan heights, near the city of Maku, West [...]

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

Iranian teachers imprisoned, tortured, executed

Hashem Shaabani and Hadi Rashidi were charged with “activities against national security,” “waging war on God” and “spreading corruption on earth”. (Supplied) August 21, 2019 The Islamic Republic of Iran often prides itself on its expansion of literacy and education across the country. Yet, instead of being proud of teachers who do their [...]

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

Iran mobilizes forces on border with Kurdistan

Iranian Kurdish opposition fighters on the Iraqi side of the border with Iran. (AP) August 19, 2019 Gunmen from opposition Iranian Kurdish parties are increasing their activities on the Iranian border, prompting the army to boost its presence along the border with Kurdistan Region, according to residents of the Sidakan village, 90 kilometers [...]

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

New wave of arrests against Baha’i community in Iran

A Baha'i leader, Jamaloddin Khanjani (C) after his release form prison in March 2017. (Supplied) August 15, 2019 The Islamic Republic security agents have arrested at least seven Iranian Baha'is in the past ten days, reports say. While confirming the reports, the Geneva-based Baha'i International Community says it is not yet clear which [...]

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