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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.

The forgotten Arabs of Iran

Iranian Arab protest against the Iranian regime in front of the European Council building in Brussels, on April 18, 2018. (AP) By Jonathan Gornall and Maedeh Sharifi January 6, 2022 A century ago, the autonomous sheikhdom of Arabistan was absorbed by force into the Persian state. Today the Arabs of Ahwaz are Iran's [...]

By |January 6th, 2022|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian Guards kill 3 ‘bandits’ after deadly attack in flashpoint province

A group of Iranian border guards march at the eastern border of Iran shared with Pakistan and Afghanistan near Zabol, Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran, on July 19, 2011. (AP) January 1, 2022 Iran’s Revolutionary Guards announced Friday they had killed three people who were involved a deadly attack that left two of [...]

By |January 1st, 2022|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s narcotic forces open fire and kill civilians in south-eastern Iran

The Iranian regime’s security forces and police have a history of shooting and killing civilians. (AFP) December 31, 2021 On December 25, reports from Rasanak, a regional human rights news agency in Iran, stated that two men in Sistan and Baluchistan province were shot and killed by the Iranian regime’s narcotic forces. One [...]

By |December 31st, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iran Christian prisoners get rare 10-day holiday leave

Most Christians in Iran are ethnic Armenians who celebrate Christmas on January 6. (IranWire) December 27, 2021 The head of Iran's judiciary on Sunday granted Christian prisoners 10 days' liberty to spend the holidays with families, in a rare move towards the minority community. Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei instructed authorities across the country to [...]

By |December 27th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Hundreds pray with Sunni imam dismissed by Iran authorities

The sacking of Gergij has caused some unrest in Golestan province which has a large Turkmen and Balochi Sunni population. (Fars) December 25, 2021 Hundreds of local Sunnis Friday joined the congregation of a Friday prayer leader who was sacked last week by the dominant Shiite clerical establishment in Iran. Ayatollah Kazem Nourmofidi, [...]

By |December 25th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Did the Supreme Court just decriminalize house churches in Iran?

The Saint Sarkis Cathedral church next to a building bearing a drawing of the founder of the Islamic republic in Tehran on January 1, 2020. (AFP) By Maryam Dehkordi December 24, 2021 Article 18, an organization promoting religious freedom in Iran with a focus on the Christian community, published news of a remarkable ruling by [...]

By |December 24th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

UN experts condemn secret execution of Kurdish prisoner in Iran

Iranian Kurdish political prisoner Heydar Ghorbani who was executed in secret in Sanandaj Central Prison at dawn on December 19. (VOA) December 24, 2021 UN human rights experts have condemned in the strongest terms the arbitrary execution of Iranian Kurdish prisoner Heidar Ghorbani as a serious violation of Iran’s obligations under international human [...]

By |December 24th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Residents of hometown protest after execution of a Kurdish man in Iran

Executions in public in Iran, undated. (Getty) December 20, 2021 Residents in the small town of Kamyaran gathered to protest the execution of Heydar Qorbani, a Kurdish political prisoner who was hanged at dawn on Sunday. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside his home chanting “A martyr never dies”, according to a video published [...]

By |December 20th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

UN General Assembly calls on Iran to eliminate religious discrimination

The United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV). (AP) December 17, 2021 The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has called on the Iranian government to end its discrimination of minorities in Iran, including of the Baha’i community, Iran’s largest non-Muslim religious minority. The vote confirms a Third Committee resolution passed in November. The resolution, endorsed [...]

By |December 17th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Bishop of UK’s Chelmsford recalls ‘intense persecution’ by Iran in maiden parliament speech

Iranian Christian priests pray during a new year mass at a church in Tehran. (REUTERS) By Laura O'Callaghan December 7, 2021 The Bishop of Chelmsford has used her maiden speech in Britain's House of Lords to detail the “intense persecution” she and her Christian family suffered during Iran's Islamic Revolution in the late 1970s. [...]

By |December 7th, 2021|Europe, Minorities|