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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.

Three more Baha’i houses raided in Iran

 The above calligraphy represents the name of the Baha'i faith's founder, Baha'u'llah. (Supplied) January 15, 2021 Officers from Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence raided the houses of three Baha'i citizens in different cities of Iran, searched their homes and confiscated their personal belongings. According to reports sent to IranWire, on the morning of January 11, agents [...]

By |January 15th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iran sentences Azerbaijani Turk activist to 3 years in prison for joining 2020 pro-Azerbaijan street protest

Protest rallies were held in several cities in Iran to show support for Azerbaijan as the clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh continue, October 1, 2020. (Supplied) January 13, 2021 Iran has sentenced an activist from its Azerbaijani Turk ethnic minority to an effective three-year prison term for joining a public protest last year in support of Azerbaijan [...]

By |January 13th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Sunni leader warns Khamenei of ‘losing hope’

Molavi Abdolhamid, the prominent Sunni religious leader. (Supplied) January 9, 2021 In a letter to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Sunni Friday Imam of Zahedan, Mawlana Abdul Hamid, his claiming that Sunni citizens in Iran are still considered "second-class citizens." The letter published on Tuesday, January 5, on the [...]

By |January 9th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

The day they killed my husband: Iranian Sunni cleric’s wife remembers

Minority Iranian Sunni Muslims gather at a prayer center in this photo published by state-affiliated news site Shafaqna as part of an Aug. 23, 2018, (Supplied) January 8, 2021 Speaking to Radio Farda, Aisha Mafakheri, the wife of Molla Mohammad Rabiei, the Friday Prayer Imam of Sunnis in Kermanshah province, remembers the details of her [...]

By |January 8th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Unemployment, poverty and executions in Iran’s Baluchistan Province

An Iranian woman stands at the Hamoun wetlands in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan Province as it dried up. (Getty) By Mahrokh Gholamhosseinpour January 7, 2021 On the morning of Sunday, January 3, two Baluch prisoners, Hassan Dehvari and Elias Qalandarzehi, were executed along with another prisoner, Omid Mahmoudzehi. IranWire spoke with Elias Qalandarzehi's sister, a neighbor of [...]

By |January 7th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iran executes three Sunni citizens for alleged action against regime: Rights group

Iran -- Executions in public, undated. (MEHR) January 4, 2021 Iran executed on Saturday three Sunni Muslim citizens for alleged armed action against the regime and membership in opposition groups labelled as “terrorist” organizations by the regime, a rights group reported. Hamid Rastbala, Kabir Saadat-Jahani and Mohammadali Arayesh were executed in a prison in the [...]

By |January 4th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

New wave of arrests in Khuzestan province

Protests against the unexpected increase in gasoline prices in Behbahan, Khuzestan, November 15, 2019. (Supplied) January 02, 2021 According to human rights activists, Iranian authorities have launched a new wave of arrests in Khuzestan province, southwestern Iran. The human rights association No to Prison – No to Execution reported that at dawn on December 20, intelligence agents [...]

By |January 2nd, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iran sentences Azerbaijani Turk rights activist to prison

Undated image of Iranian Azerbaijani Turk rights activist Ali Azizi. (ANT) January 1, 2021 Iran has sentenced a rights activist from its Azerbaijani Turk ethnic minority to an effective five-year prison term for his peaceful campaign against discrimination of his minority group by the Islamist rulers of the Persian-majority nation, according to a knowledgeable source. [...]

By |January 1st, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iran sentences 8 Baha’is to prison, other punishments after ‘unfair’ trial

All eight Iranian Baha’is remain free on bail, pending appeals that their lawyers intend to pursue in the coming weeks. (Supplied) December 29, 2020 Iran has sentenced eight of its Baha’i citizens to prison terms and other punishments according to an informed source, in the latest example of the Islamist-ruled nation’s longstanding and internationally criticized [...]

By |December 29th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Ethnic Baluch hanged in Iran for guards’ shooting death five years ago

Iran - Executions in public, undated. (Getty) December 26, 2020 Iran executed an ethnic Baluch militant on Saturday for the shooting death of two Revolutionary Guards five years ago, the judiciary’s official news website Mizan reported. It said Abdulhamid Mir Baluchzehi, known as Owais, one of the perpetrators of the 2015 operation, “was hanged this [...]

By |December 26th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|