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.

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|

36 years on: The Baha’i teenager executed for educating

Mona was the youngest of nine women to be executed on June 18, 1983Mona and her father were arrested at their residence on October 23, 1982, by order of the Revolutionary Prosecutor, and sent to a Revolutionary Guards prison. (IranWire) By Kian Sabeti June 21, 2019 On Saturday, June 18, 1983, an hour after [...]

By |June 21st, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Kurd singer gets 2 years of prison for singing epic Kurdish songs

Peyman Mirzazadeh was transferred to the 110th Branch of the Orumieh Public Court . (Supplied) June 17, 2019 A Kurd singer who was arrested in mid-February was sentenced to two years of prison on charges of “spreading propaganda” against the state. Reports indicate that Peyman Mirzazadeh was transferred to the 110th Branch of the [...]

By |June 17th, 2019|Arts, Iran, Minorities|

Iran: One state, several nations?

Iran's national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012. (REUTERS) By Afshin Berahmand June 10, 2019 Mohammad Khatami’s recent remarks on federalism are admirable. Not because federalism is necessarily right for Iran but because the remarks question whether the institutional expression of Iran leaves room for improvement. What I argue [...]

By |June 10th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

School shut down in Iran over Kurdish dance party

Iran -- dance in school in Mahabad. (Supplied) June 8, 2019 Authorities in Iran have shut down a nonprofit high school in the city of Mahabad, northwestern Iran, for holding a mixed-gender traditional Kurdish dance party. With an estimated population of 200,000, Mahabad is a mainly Sunni Kurd city. The representative of the [...]

By |June 8th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s future lies between tolerance and civil war

An Iranian woman walks past pictures of Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei (top L) and of late Iranian supreme leader Khomeini (top R), following the weekly Friday prayer in Tehran on October 13, 2017. (AFP) June 6, 2019 Agiri Esmailnazhad, Kurdish journalist: IranWire asked me to write an article examining whether Iran should adopt [...]

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

A month after their arrest, no news of three Baha’is in Semnan

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 June 4, 2019 It’s been more than a month since three Baha’is in Semnan – Ardeshir Fanaian, aged 30, Behnam Eskandarian, aged 25 and Yalda Firuzian, [...]

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

City council member in Iran sentenced to one year prison for defending Baha’is

Member of Shiraz city council, Mehdi Hajati, arrested for "protecting" the Bahá'í community, 2018. (IRNA) June 3, 2019 A member of Shiraz city council in Iran was taken from his home to prison to serve a one-year sentence Sunday June 2, his wife said in a tweet. Mehdi Hajati was first arrested and detained [...]

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

Iranian police arrest 30 in protest against the killing of a young man

Local people gathered on May 27, 2019, in front of the governor’s office in the provincial capital Zahedan after police shot dead a young man. (Supplied) May 31, 2019 Reports from Iran’s southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan Province say some 30 people have been arrested in a rally to protest local authorities for killing [...]

By |May 31st, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran church raid excuse: Worshippers drank wine during services

The church was built approximately a century ago and has been registered as an Iranian National Heritage site — number 2513. (Supplied) May 29, 2019 On May 9, security forces removed the cross from the roof of an evangelical Assyrian church in Tabriz, the capital of East Azerbaijan province, closed down the church and evicted the [...]

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