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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 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|

Iran arrests Christian for not properly wearing hijab after assault

Christian women attend a church service in Tehran, Iran. (Reuters) By Benjamin Weinthal July 18, 2019 The Iranian regime’s police arrested a young Christian woman, Fatemeh Mohammadi, last week for filing a complaint about being assaulted due to an alleged violation of the Islamic forced-hijab policy. The website Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) [...]

By |July 18th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Kurdish-Iranian talks: Hope for peace or just another political stunt?

Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDPI) inspect damage at their party headquarters in Koysinjaq, 100 kilometres east of Irbil, September 12, 2018. (AFP) By Shahed Alavi July 16, 2019 News has emerged that a coalition of Kurdish politicians had recently entered into talks with Islamic Republic officials, generating hope [...]

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

Iran strikes opposition positions on border with Iraqi Kurdistan

Damage to the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party headquarters in Koysinjaq after being targeted by IRGC, September 12, 2018. (AFP) July 12, 2019 Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards used drones and missiles to strike headquarters of a Kurdish militant group near Iran’s border with neighboring Iraq’s Kurdistan region, the Iranian semi-official Tasnim news agency reported [...]

By |July 12th, 2019|Iraq, Minorities|

Iran gives long prison terms to 9 Baha’is

The Birjad court in Southern Khorasan province sentenced each of the Baha’i men and women to six years of prison and confiscated money raised by the Baha’i community in the city. (Supplied) July 12, 2019 Nine Baha’is, members of a religious minority that has experienced decades of discrimination in Iran received lengthy prison [...]

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

Another bloody clash between IRGC, armed groups in western Iran

A militiaman of the Kurdistan Freedom Party, an Iranian Kurdish opposition group, looks over the sandbags at a section of the frontline near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, Sept. 5, 2016. (AP) July 11, 2019 Iranian media reported Thursday, July 11 that another clash has taken place between the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, [...]

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

How Iran’s new education proposal silences and criminalizes non-Persian languages

Iranian girls study in a classroom at a school in Kerman, Iran, October 23, 2016. (REUTERS) By Rahim Hamid July 9, 2019 For many decades, successive Iranian regimes have perpetrated injustices against non-Persian peoples who make up approximately half of the country’s population. Indeed, the Islamic Republic chose to follow in the footsteps of the [...]

By |July 9th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s regime arrests 8 Christians, sending them to solitary confinement

Iranian Christians stand in line at a church in Tehran. (Reuters) July 6, 2019 Security officials from Iran’s Intelligence Ministry on July 1 raided the homes of eight Iranians who converted to Christianity in the southern city of Bushehr, carting them off to solitary confinement. The arrest was first reported on Friday by Article [...]

By |July 6th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|