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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 summons Kuwait envoy to protest ‘anti-Iranian’ meeting

An unidentified man chants as others wave the flag of the Al Ahwaz Liberation Organization during a protest in front of the European Council building in Brussels, on April 18, 2008. (AP) December 30, 2019 Iran summoned Kuwait's envoy in Tehran on Saturday to protest about Kuwaiti officials meeting a representative of a [...]

By |December 30th, 2019|Kuwait, Minorities|

Sufi leader dies in Iran, security block streets around hospital

The Gonabadi dervishes charismatic leader, 90 year-old Noor Ali Tabandeh. (ISNA) December 24, 2019 The leader of one of Iran’s largest Sufi sects, Noor Ali Tabandeh, died on Tuesday in a hospital in Tehran, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported. He was 92. ISNA said Tabandeh had passed away in the capital’s Mehr [...]

By |December 24th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran health official warns about outbreak of diseases in flood-stricken Ahwaz

Residents of cities and villages adjacent to Ahvaz rivers act to prevent flooding. (Tasnim) December 24, 2019 An Iranian health official in the flood-stricken city of Ahwaz in Khuzestan Province on Sunday warned about an outbreak of cholera and leishmaniasis and called on the authorities to take immediate prevention measures. Mehrdad Sharifi, Head [...]

By |December 24th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian lawmaker warns about health condition of Dervish prisoners on hunger strike

The aftermath of security forces attacking Dervishes in Tehran in February 2018. Street is littered with motorbikes and debris. (Supplied) December 23, 2019 Tehran's outspoken member of parliament Mahmoud Sadeqi has warned about the dangerous health condition of imprisoned dervishes who are on a hunger strike in Iran. In a tweet on Friday, [...]

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

Sweden jails man for spying on Ahwazi community for Iran

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) December 20, 2019 An Iraqi Swede was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison on Friday for spying on the Ahwazi community in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe [...]

By |December 20th, 2019|Europe, Minorities|

Iran Sunni leader calls for release of outspoken cleric

Molavi Abdul Hamid meets Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei, undated. (IRNA)  December 16, 2019 The spiritual leader of Iran's Sunni population has called for the immediate release of a fellow clergyman, who has been behind bars since November 28. "The Islamic Republic authorities must raise the level of their tolerance, and address problems through [...]

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

Iran arrests evangelical Christians before Christmas holiday

A girl looks at Christmas trees as she and her mother walk past Christmas decorations in central Tehran, Dec. 13, 2011. (Reuters) December 16, 2019 The Iranian regime has begun cracking down on evangelical Christians in Iran in the run-up to Christmas, experts and Iranian Christians said. Security officials routinely arrest Christian citizens [...]

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

U.S. Commission On Religious Freedom condemns arrests of Baha’is in Iran

A protest in Brazil on behalf of Baha'i prisoners in Iran. Photographer: Ana Carolina, June 2016. (AFP) December 7, 2019 The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today condemned the mass arrests of Baha’is in Iran. Iranian security forces have arrested at least 11 Baha’is in Isfahan and Khuzestan since November 27 [...]

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

More Baha’is arrested in Iran

The arrests have been carried out in retaliation for claims that Baha’is have led and spurred on the nationwide protests. (AFP) December 4, 2019 Alongside the mass arrests of protesters across Iran over the last two weeks, authorities have also cracked down on and arrested members of the Baha’i community – and in [...]

By |December 4th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Fears for the safety of nine Baha’is arrested in Isfahan

Smoke rises during a protest after authorities raised gasoline prices, in the central city of Isfahan, Iran, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP) December 3, 2019 On the morning of Friday, 9 December, security forces raided the homes of a number of Baha’is in Isfahan's Baharestan suburb arresting them, searching their homes and removing [...]

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