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.

Khamenei-controlled EIKO behind increasing confiscations of Baha’i properties

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. (FARS) February 17, 2022 The Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO), an organization controlled by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which controls extensive assets across Iran, is thought to be orchestrating an increasing number of confiscations of properties belonging to Iranian Baha’is. The Baha’i International Community (BIC) disclosed earlier today [...]

By |February 17th, 2022|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s Islamic penal code and the violation of the rights of religious minorities

One concern regarding the sentences handed down to the Christian converts is the citing of Article 500 bis of the Islamic Penal Code, which intensifies the imposition of unjust sentences on Christian converts. (IranWire) By Maryam Dehkordi February 12, 2022 Article 18, the human rights organization that advocates for freedom of religion or [...]

By |February 12th, 2022|Iran, Minorities|

How a textbook in Iran portrays minorities and identity

In Iran, Islamism (religious identity), Iranianism (national identity) and modernity (global identity) are the most important sources of national identity. (Supplied) By Behnam Gholipour February 5, 2022 The Quarterly Journal of Strategic Studies recently published a study, Identity Policy, Education and National Security in Iran, which analyzes the content of the Social Studies textbook [...]

By |February 5th, 2022|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s Sunnis face further repression under Raisi

Ebrahim Raisi waves to the media after casting his vote at a polling station in Tehran, Iran, June 18, 2021. (AP) By Majid Rafizadeh February 4, 2022 The suppression of Sunnis in Iran is likely to increase under the hard-line administration of President Ebrahim Raisi. Raisi, who came to power last August, has [...]

By |February 4th, 2022|Iran, Minorities|

#Manofarsi hashtag highlights language discrimination in Iran

An Azeri family watches Iranian TV chanel in the local Azeri language at home in Astara town at the Iran's Azerbaijan's border, on Feb. 26, 2006.  (AP) By Roghayeh Rezaei February 4, 2022 The United Nations’ World Mother Language Day falls a little over two weeks from now on February 21. In advance [...]

By |February 4th, 2022|Iran, Minorities|

Iran to kick off trial of Iranian-Swedish opposition figure

Ahvaz activist Habib Chaab during an interview with Iranian television last year. (ISNA) January 18, 2022 The trial of an Iranian-Swedish dissident held in Iran on security charges for over a year will kick off on Tuesday, the judiciary said. Habib Chaab, also known as Habib Asyud, went missing during a visit to [...]

By |January 18th, 2022|Europe, Minorities|

Ten Kurdish prisoners died under torture in Iran in 2021

At least 17 Iranian Kurds died in the country’s prison system, Hengaw said. (Supplied) January 18, 2022 Hengaw Organization for Human Rights has reported that in 2021, at least 17 Iranian Kurds died in the country’s prison system, 10 of them under torture. Three of the 17, Hengaw said, were political prisoners whose bodies had never been [...]

By |January 18th, 2022|Iran, Minorities|

The forgotten Arabs of Iran

Iranian Arab protest against the Iranian regime in front of the European Council building in Brussels, on April 18, 2018. (AP) By Jonathan Gornall and Maedeh Sharifi January 6, 2022 A century ago, the autonomous sheikhdom of Arabistan was absorbed by force into the Persian state. Today the Arabs of Ahwaz are Iran's [...]

By |January 6th, 2022|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian Guards kill 3 ‘bandits’ after deadly attack in flashpoint province

A group of Iranian border guards march at the eastern border of Iran shared with Pakistan and Afghanistan near Zabol, Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran, on July 19, 2011. (AP) January 1, 2022 Iran’s Revolutionary Guards announced Friday they had killed three people who were involved a deadly attack that left two of [...]

By |January 1st, 2022|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s narcotic forces open fire and kill civilians in south-eastern Iran

The Iranian regime’s security forces and police have a history of shooting and killing civilians. (AFP) December 31, 2021 On December 25, reports from Rasanak, a regional human rights news agency in Iran, stated that two men in Sistan and Baluchistan province were shot and killed by the Iranian regime’s narcotic forces. One [...]

By |December 31st, 2021|Iran, Minorities|