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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.

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|

Why ethnic Arabs poured into streets in Iran after death of a young poet

Protests erupted Sunday evening in Ahvaz, capital of Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province. Nov. 11, 2019. (Social Media) November 15, 2019 Protesters in Ahvaz in Khuzestan Province and some Ethnic Arab rights' activists claim Iranian security and intelligence bodies are responsible for the death of Hassan Haydari, a popular poet and advocate of ethnic [...]

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

Protests continued in Iran’s oil-rich province

Protest broke out in Ahvaz, Shadegan and Kut-E Abdollah after a young and famous anti regime poet was killed suspiciously by regime forces- November 11, 2019. (Social Media) November 12, 2019 Protests in southwestern Iran that started Sunday evening because of a local poet’s death in hospital, continued Monday during his funeral services. [...]

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

Protests erupt in Iran after an ethnic Arab poet dies in hospital

Protests erupted Sunday evening in Ahvaz, capital of Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province. Nov. 11, 2019. (Social Media) November 11, 2019 Numerous video clips published on social media show groups of residents in Ahvaz, the capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province came to the streets to protest Sunday evening. Some reports say that the reason [...]

By |November 11th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Harsh sentences for three young Iranian Baha’is

Ardeshir Fanaian, aged 30, Behnam Eskandarian, aged 25 and Yalda Firuzian, aged 20 – were arrested, without any news on their whereabouts and situation. (IranWire) By Kian Sabeti November 11, 2019 After languishing in jail for six months, three Baha’i residents of Semnan have been sentenced to a total 23 years in prison and [...]

By |November 11th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

The Google quantum scientist was banned from attending university in Iran

Pedram Roushan, second from left, is part of the Google AI Quantum team that created the world's first quantum computer. (IranWire) By Kian Sabeti November 1, 2019 An Iranian Baha’i is part of the team behind Google’s newly-announced “discovery of the millennium” — the world's first quantum computer. On 22 October, Google researchers announced [...]

By |November 1st, 2019|Minorities, North America, USA|

Iran sentences three Bahais to 20 years for their religious beliefs

Ardeshir Fanaian, aged 30, Behnam Eskandarian, aged 25 and Yalda Firuzian, aged 20 – were arrested, without any news on their whereabouts and situation. (Supplied) October 30, 2019 The Revolutionary Court in Iran’s Semnan Province has sentenced three members of the Bahai religious minority to a total of 20 years in jail on [...]

By |October 30th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|