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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.

U.S. Commission On Religious Freedom condemns arrests of Baha’is in Iran

A protest in Brazil on behalf of Baha'i prisoners in Iran. Photographer: Ana Carolina, June 2016. (AFP) December 7, 2019 The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today condemned the mass arrests of Baha’is in Iran. Iranian security forces have arrested at least 11 Baha’is in Isfahan and Khuzestan since November 27 [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

More Baha’is arrested in Iran

The arrests have been carried out in retaliation for claims that Baha’is have led and spurred on the nationwide protests. (AFP) December 4, 2019 Alongside the mass arrests of protesters across Iran over the last two weeks, authorities have also cracked down on and arrested members of the Baha’i community – and in [...]

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

Fears for the safety of nine Baha’is arrested in Isfahan

Smoke rises during a protest after authorities raised gasoline prices, in the central city of Isfahan, Iran, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP) December 3, 2019 On the morning of Friday, 9 December, security forces raided the homes of a number of Baha’is in Isfahan's Baharestan suburb arresting them, searching their homes and removing [...]

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

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|