Minorities

/Minorities

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.

Iranian Kolbar shot dead after open threat from border police chief

The Iranian regime still calls kolbars “smugglers” and border guards regularly shoot at these impoverished citizens. (Supplied) By Hawari Yousefi October 19, 2021 A kolbar from the city of Sardasht in West Azerbaijan was shot dead by Iranian border police on Thursday, October 14. Jian Alipour’s family and relatives, many of whom live abroad due to pressure [...]

By |October 19th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Kurdish party in Iran claims killing of Iranian intelligence operative

Members of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) gather during a funeral of victims who were killed in a bomb attack at the offices of the PDKI in Koy Sanjak, east of Erbil, Iraq, Dec 21, 2016. (REUTERS) October 8, 2021 A Kurdish political party in Iran said Tuesday that its operatives [...]

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

Khamenei adviser joins warnings to Iraqi Kurds over ‘terrorist groups’

Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi. (Mehr) October 7, 2021 The military adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned Wednesday that Iran would not accept “any bordering country” hosting "anti-Iran terrorist groups." “We warn that we will deal with counter-revolutionary groups anywhere on the borders around our country, where governments host them and provide [...]

By |October 7th, 2021|Iraq, Minorities|

IRGC journal: Blame earthquakes, ethnic tension and Western clothes for Khuzestan unrest

People went out on the streets of Khuzestan to protest against water shortages and power cuts, despite the 50-degree heat. (Supplied) By Behnam Gholipour October 2, 2021 In mid-July 2021, mass protests over the water crisis in Khuzestan broke out in cities across the province and spread to other parts of Iran. Over the course of about [...]

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

As the new university year begins in Iran, Baha’is again face bans

16 Baha'i students have been denied the right to university education under the pretext of being disqualified. (Supplied) By Kian Sabeti October 1, 2021 It’s an annual occasion, a clear reminder of the cruel, targeted discrimination embedded in Iran’s education system. Each year, as Iranian students receive the results of their higher education entrance [...]

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

Religious minorities in Iran’s prisons: “You don’t know what they do to us”

Over the last 10 days, Fashafuyeh Prison on the outskirts of Tehran has been the scene of fights between gangs of violent criminals. (Supplied) By Maryam Dehkordi September 29, 2021 "The situation of political and ideological prisoners in Iran is appalling. This isn’t kept secret from anyone. But if you are a religious [...]

By |September 29th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

More arrests of Iranian Baha’is as regime ‘targets young families’

Baha'i citizen Sheida Taeed has been arrested in Mazandaran province for the third time. (IranWire) September 28, 2021 Multiple arrests of members of the Baha’i community took place in Iran over the past week. In Shiraz, Hayedeh Forootan and her son Mehran Mosalanejad were detained last Thursday by the security forces. According to Human Rights Activists News [...]

By |September 28th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Kurds protest outside Tehran jail after prisoner dies

A general view of the Greater Tehran Prison. (Supplied) September 25, 2021 The Hengaw Organization for Human Rights reported Saturday that Aghli Hatami, father of Amir-Hossein Hatami, a 22-year-old Kurd who died in Greater Tehran Penitentiary, had refused to accept his son’s body for burial. Hengaw, which is based in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, [...]

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

Iranian children are being punished based on their parents’ religion and beliefs

Iranian Christian priests pray during a new year mass at a church in Tehran. (REUTERS) By Hamed Farmand September 23, 2021 It was the last week of September 2020 when an Iranian-Christian-convert couple lost custody of their two-year-old adopted daughter, Lydia. The court statement mentioned that Lydia had a strong attachment to her parents [...]

By |September 23rd, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian army commander vows to ‘eliminate’ opposition in Iraqi Kurdistan

Iranian Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri. (Supplied) September 21, 2021 Major General Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, has defended the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ incursions on Iraqi territory in the Kurdistan region over the past two weeks. The commander said IRGC missile and drone strikes on "terrorist" [...]

By |September 21st, 2021|Iraq, Minorities|