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.

Senior Sunni cleric in Iran says water is not the only reason for unrest

Molavi Abdolhamid advised the authorities to fulfill people’s demands. (Supplied) July 29, 2021 A senior Sunni cleric in Iran has criticized the government’s management of the country and implicitly defending protests in oil-rich Khuzestan province, has said the reason is not just lack of water. Molavi Abolhamid, the religious leader of Sunnis in [...]

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

Security tightened in Ahwaz as protests spill over to other Iranian cities

Riot police vehicles deployed at the entrance to the city of Susangerd on Sunday night, July 18, 2021, according to a photo taken by an activist. (Asharq Al-Awsat) July 28, 2021 After arrests and excessive use of force by security forces managed to quell peaceful water shortage protests in Iran’s southwestern Arab towns, [...]

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

Iran protests continue amid internet shutdown, power cuts and arrests

Protesters burned tires and chanted anti-government slogans in these areas as well as in the cities of Mahshahr, Sousangard and Shadegan. (Iran International) July 24, 2021 Protests continued in four cities in Iran's southwestern Khuzestan Province for a ninth night amid extensive Internet blackout, power cuts and the overwhelming presence of security forces, [...]

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

UN tells Iran to stop crackdown

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. (EPA-EFE) July 24, 2021 UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet told Iran on Friday to address with the chronic water shortage in Khuzestan province rather than use excessive force to crush protests. Bachelet warned that the "catastrophic" situation had been building up for many years and [...]

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

Wounded Iranian protesters avoiding hospital for fear of arrest

Thousands of people have taken part in demonstrations since last week over water shortages in Khuzestan. (Supplied) By Maryam Dehkordi July 24, 2021 In the past week at least 350 people have been detained in seven Iranian cities during the mass protests sparked by the chronic water crisis in Khuzestan, according to a [...]

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

Iran using unlawful force in water protest crackdown: rights groups

Arabs in Ahvaz protesting water diversion project. Undated. (Asharq Al-Awsat) July 23, 2021 Iraan is using unlawful and excessive force in a crackdown against protests over water shortages in its oil-rich but arid southwestern Khuzestan province, international rights groups said on Friday. Amnesty International said it had confirmed the deaths of at least [...]

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

One dead in ‘riot’ in western Iran: state TV

Riot police vehicles deployed at the entrance to the city of Susangerd on Sunday night, July 18, 2021, according to a photo taken by an activist. (Asharq Al-Awsat) July 23, 2021 One person was shot dead when rioting erupted in western Iran late Thursday in sympathy with the drought-hit province of Khuzestan which [...]

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

Is the water crisis the only issue that has angered Khuzestan’s Arabs?

People went out on the streets of Khuzestan to protest against water shortages and power cuts, despite the 50-degree heat. (Supplied) By Track Persia July 22, 2021 The ongoing protests in Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan, the home to Iran’s ethnic Arab minority, have so far resulted in a dozen at the hands [...]

By |July 22nd, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Mobile internet disruptions seen in Iran amid water protests

A man holds a smartphone without internet access at an office in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 17, 2019. (AFP) July 22, 2021 Mobile phone internet service in Iran is being disrupted a week into protests in the country’s southwest over water shortages, a monitoring group said Thursday, unrest that has seen [...]

By |July 22nd, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Death toll from Iran water protests rises to five: Sources

Iranians’ anger has been escalating in recent weeks due to the interruption of drinking water from Khuzestan province, the Ahwaz regions, and others. (Supplied) July 21, 2021 The death toll from street protests over water shortages in Iran’s oil-rich southwestern Ahwaz region rose to five, according to Al Arabiya sources. Mass protests took [...]

By |July 21st, 2021|Iran, Minorities|