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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.

An all-out assault on Baha’is across Iran

Iranian security agents raided the homes of tens of Baha'is on the morning of of Sunday, November 22, confiscating their personal belongings. (IranWire) By Kian Sabeti November 23, 2020 On the morning of Sunday, November 22, in simultaneous operations in various cities across Iran, security agents ransacked the homes of tens of Baha’is. Their [...]

By |November 23rd, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran opens direct fire, killing two Kurd border porters in NW Iran

Kolbars carry goods across the Kurdistan Region-Iran border. (Rudaw) November 20, 2020 Two Kurd border porters “kolbars” were killed by Iranian border forces yesterday in West Azerbaijan Province, northwestern Iran. Kurd Human Rights Groups identified the kolbars as Vasim Fardinzadeh from Oshnavieh, and Hakan Mohammadzadeh who was married and had two children and lived in [...]

By |November 20th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Baha’i university candidates summoned for interrogation

Candidates were told that they would be allowed to enroll and study at Iranian universities on the condition that they sign a letter of commitment. (ILNA) November 19, 2020 Young Baha'i would-be students who passed this year’s national university entrance exams in Iran have been hauled in by education officials for questioning. On [...]

By |November 19th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian Kurdish girl sentenced to five years in prison on political charges

Ainaz Zare, 17, was sentenced to 5 years in prison on Oct 16, 2020, for “acting against national security”. (Supplied) November 18, 2020 A teenage girl in West Azerbaijan province has been sentenced to half a decade in prison for her political affiliations, the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights reports. Ainaz Zare, 17, from [...]

By |November 18th, 2020|Iran, Minorities, Woman|

Tehran admits kidnapping Iranian separatist

Undated photo of former ASMLA leader Habib Chaab. (Twitter) November 17, 2020 After a long delay, Iranian Ministry of Intelligence officially announced on November 12 that its agents had arrested and interrogated Farajollah Ka'ab, a former leader of a separatist group active in Khuzestan in southwest Iran, following his arrest earlier in the [...]

By |November 17th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

The world has a moral obligation to support the Iranian people

People protest against increased gas price, on a highway in Tehran, Nov 16, 2019. (Reuters) By Majid Rafizadeh November 16, 2020 This is the first anniversary of massive pro-democracy protests that swept Iran last year. The uprising was unprecedented in the past 40 years. It engulfed almost 200 cities and, in a matter of [...]

By |November 16th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian porters ‘Kolbars’ murdered by regime forces

Kolbars carry goods across the Kurdistan Region-Iran border. (Rudaw) November 16, 2020 Several porters in Iran’s western border region, especially in Kurdistan province, have been murdered or injured by the State Security Forces (SSF), Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), and Border Guards over the past few weeks. On October 25, two porters were wounded after the Border [...]

By |November 16th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s campaign of terror in Iraqi Kurdistan

Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the KDPI inspect damage at their party headquarters in Koysinjaq, Irbil, Sept 12, 2018. (AFP) By Havari Yousefi November 13, 2020 The Islamic Republic of Iran has carried out more assassinations in Iraqi Kurdistan than in any other country or region of the world, with 259 people killed and [...]

By |November 13th, 2020|Iraq, Minorities|

Iran state TV airs opposition figure’s purported confession to ‘terrorism’

Undated photo of former ASMLA leader Habib Chaab. (Twitter) November 12, 2020 Iran’s state television aired a short video on Wednesday in which a Sweden-based Iranian Arab opposition figure that Tehran said it recently detained abroad appeared to confess to involvement in terrorist attacks. An Iranian lawmaker said earlier this month that Iranian [...]

By |November 12th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

The forgotten tragedy of a Sunni scholar who believed in the Islamic Republic

Nasser Sobhani was still a young scholar when he took part up arms against the then-Shah of Iran in his home province of Khuzestan. (Iran Wire) By Javad Motevali November 12, 2020 Born in October 1951 in the village of Duristan, Nasser Sobhani was still a young scholar when he took part up arms [...]

By |November 12th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|