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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.

Exiled Iranian Kurds’ families told: Bring back your loved ones, or we’ll kill them

Behrouz Rahimi, an Iranian Kurdish political activist, was shot and killed by drive-by assassins in the Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah on July 14, 2021. (Social Media) By Hawari Yousefi July 20, 2021 Last week Behrouz "Rebin" Rahimi, a 49-year-old political activist, was assassinated in the city of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan by unknown assailants. The murder of [...]

By |July 20th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan hit by fifth night of protests over water shortage

Protesters angry over water shortages marched through streets in an oil-rich, restive province in southwestern Iran, July 16, 2021. (Supplied) July 20, 2021 Protests in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan Province continued for a fifth-straight night over a severe water shortage. Video posted on social media on July 19 showed protesters chanting and blocking roads [...]

By |July 20th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Video shows Iranian police opening fire during water protest

Protests over water shortages in Ahwaz in Iran's Khuzestan Province, July 17, 2021. (Twitter) July 19, 2021 Iranian police opened fire late Sunday night amid protests against water shortages in southwestern Iran, a video showed, the latest unrest after days of demonstrations that have seen at least one person killed. The video from [...]

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

Death toll from Iran protests rises to three, say activists

(L-R) Ali Mazraeh, Mostafa Naeemawi, and Qassem Khozeiri died after being shot by security forces during protests in southwest Iran. (Twitter) July 19, 2021 The death toll from street protests over water shortages in Iran’s oil-rich southwest rose to three, activists said on Saturday, as demonstrations continued for a third consecutive night. The [...]

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

Youth killed in Iran water crisis protests

Protesters angry over water shortages marched through streets in an oil-rich, restive Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran, July 16, 2021. (Supplied) July 17, 2021 A young man was shot dead during a second night of protests over water shortages in southwest Iran, a local official said on Saturday, blaming armed protesters for the [...]

By |July 17th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s western provinces ranked most ‘miserable’ in the country

Kolbars carry goods across the Kurdistan Region-Iran border. (Rudaw) By Bahram Khodabandeh July 16, 2021 A new report by Iran Open Data has found that the so-called "misery index" in Iran has reached its highest level in a decade. The misery index is an economic indicator designed in the 1970s to assess the level of [...]

By |July 16th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Blood money, inheritance and property: Religious discrimination in Iranian law

Iranian members of parliament attend a parliamentary session in Tehran on June 23, 2015. (REUTERS) By Maryam Dehkord July 14, 2021 According to Article 14 of Iran’s Constitution, the Government of the Islamic Republic and all Muslims are obliged to treat non-Muslims well and to respect “Islamic justice” and their human rights. The [...]

By |July 14th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Four Iranian kolbars shot and killed in a fortnight

Iranian porters (kolbar) on a mountain path connecting Iran to Iraqi Kurdistan. Undated. (Social Media) July 14, 2021 At least four Iranian kolbars or border couriers have been shot and killed in Iran’s border regions in the past two weeks. Behzad Rahimi, an MP for Saghez and Baneh in Kurdistan province, revealed the killings during [...]

By |July 14th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Non-Persian ethnic minorities in Iran may be ripe for revolt

Iranian Azerbaijanis protest the broadcast of a children's cartoon depicting an Azerbaijani brushing his teeth with a toilet brush in November 2015. (Twitter) By Marilyn Stern July 2, 2021 Brenda Shaffer, Senior Advisor for Energy at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), spoke to a May 21 Middle East Forum webinar (video) about [...]

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

Iranian Christians receive prison sentence for ‘sectarian activities’

Iranian Christian priests pray during a new year mass at a church in Tehran. (REUTERS) July 1, 2021 Three Christians from the Church of Iran denomination have each been sentenced to five years in prison and fined four million Rials ($95) on Saturday. They were sentenced by the Revolutionary Court in Karaj, in [...]

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