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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.

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|

Five writers indicted in oil-rich Iran province following intense protests

Protests erupted Sunday evening in Ahvaz, capital of Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province. Nov. 11, 2019. (Social Media) November 28, 2019 A court in the oil-rich Khuzestan Province in Iran has issued arrest warrants for five journalists and writers in the wake of widespread anti-government protests. Their arrest warrant, a copy of which is [...]

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

Fear of declining Shiite population and “soldiers” reason for Iranian authorities urging population growth

Iranian members of the Basij militia march during a parade marking the country’s Army Day, on April 18, 2017, in Tehran. (AFP) November 26, 2019 An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander on Saturday told the female members of the Basij paramilitary force that families of the Guards and Basij should have "at least five [...]

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

Iran focusing on minorities following protests, experts say

A gas station that was burned during protests that followed authorities' decision to raise gasoline prices, in Tehran, Iran, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP) By Mehdi Jedinia and Rikar Hussein November 25, 2019 Days of widespread anti-government protests and violence in Iran have renewed debate over the status of minorities in the country, with [...]

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

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|