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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.

US re-designates Iran separatist Sunni militant group as ‘terrorist’

Jaysh al-Adl operates mainly in southeastern Iran, where there is a substantial concentration of Sunni Baluchis and a porous border with Pakistan.. (AFP) July 4, 2019 The U.S. Department of State has re-designated an Iranian Sunni militant, separatist group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) on July 2. The group has been waging [...]

By |July 4th, 2019|Minorities, North America, USA|

Multiple clashes reported between IRGC and Kurdish insurgents

Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of taking part in training in the town of Koya, 100 kms north of Arbil, Iraq, March 19, 2016. (AFP) July 3, 2019 The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Forces says its units killed two "anti-revolution terrorists" in Iran’s northwestern Chaldaran region early [...]

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

Iranian security forces kill defenseless Baluchi civilian in southeast Iran

Zaman Malek Mohammadi, a member of the Iranian Baluchi minority, was shot dead by police forces in the city of Jalgh. (INU) July 1, 2019 Iranian police forces in Jalgh, southeast Iran, open fired and killed an unarmed citizen before ransacking his home. The victim, Zaman Malek Mohammadi, a member of the Iranian [...]

By |July 1st, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Baha’is denied family contact as they mark two months in jail

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 July 1, 2019 It has been nearly two months since three Baha’is in Semnan – Ardeshir Fanaian, aged 30, Behnam Eskandarian, aged 25, and Yalda Firuzian, aged 20 [...]

By |July 1st, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Amnesty International: Iran’s authorities must investigate death in custody of Ahwazi Arab detainee

Benyamin Alboghbiesh was arrested on 26 May. Just a month later, on 26 June, his family were informed that he had died at a detention centre in Ahvaz, in southern Iran. (Supplied) June 29, 2019 The Iranian authorities must urgently carry out an effective and impartial investigation into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the [...]

By |June 29th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Raids on Baha’i businesses and homes in Shahin Shahr

Message outside closed Baha’i businesses: “In the Name of the Almighty: This business is shut down for violating business laws. The owner must report to the police”. (Supplied) By Kian Sabeti June 28, 2019 Security forces in Isfahan province have launched a fresh campaign of intimidation against the local Baha’i community, carrying out raids [...]

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

Anti-Semitism and neglect have destroyed a historical Jewish school in Isfahan

The historical Alliance School in Isfahan is in extreme disrepair. (Supplied) June 27, 2019 Among the schools founded by missionaries in Iran, those established by the French are particularly cherished because of the extensive cultural activities they ran to attract Iranian students. Major French schools in Iran included St. Louis, St. Joseph, Franco-Persane and Alliance [...]

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

Iranian regime’s repression of Christians ‘shocks the conscience’

Iranian Christians at a church in Tehran. (Reuters) By Benjamin Weinthal June 26, 2019 A horribly familiar description of the Iranian regime’s persecution of Christians and other minorities emerged from a U.S. State Department report on religious freedom published Friday. “In Iran, the regime’s crackdown on Baha’is, Christians and others continues to shock the [...]

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

US resident banned from leaving Iran

Afshin Sheikholeslami Vatani (C) immigrated to the United States in 2015 but before his arrest he had visited Iran several times to see his family. (Supplied) By Niloufar Rostami June 25, 2019 An Iranian Kurdish political activist and United States resident who spent time in jail in February 2019 while visiting Iran has been banned from leaving [...]

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

More violence in Tehran prison as judge accuses Dervishes of being “rioters”

Violence broke out at Fashufuyeh Prison on June 17, leading the dervishes to demand again to be kept on separate wards from inmates held on charges of dangerous criminal activity. (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar June 22, 2019 Gonabadi dervishes are the latest to be caught up in mounting violence in a Tehran jail as [...]

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