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.

22 Iranian Kurds, including 8 children, committed suicide in November

Suicides in public in Iran are meant to send a message of protest and a cry for attention. (IranWire) December 25, 2020 In the past month, at least 22 Iranian Kurd citizens committed suicide in various cities in the Kurdistan region in western Iran. Eight of them were under 18 years old. According to the Hengaw [...]

By |December 25th, 2020|Iran, Minorities, Women|

Iran executes two ethnic Baluchis on unclear charges

Behnam Rigi and Shoaib Rigi pictured in an undated photo. (Twitter) December 21, 2020 Iran executed on Saturday two ethnic Baluchi citizens on unclear charges, a rights group reported. Behnam and Shoaib Rigi were executed in a prison in the southeastern city of Zahedan, according to the Europe-based rights group Baluchi Activists Campaign. [...]

By |December 21st, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Khuzestan activists forced to confess against themselves

During the past week, Iranians active in cultural affairs, women's and children's rights, and welfare activities, were arrested in various cities of Khuzestan province. (Supplied) By Maryam Dehkordi December 21, 2020 During the past week, several Iranians active in cultural affairs, women's and children's rights, and voluntary social activities, were arrested in various cities [...]

By |December 21st, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran hires criminals and drug dealers to kidnap its opponents

According to the Turkish media, Naji Sharifi Zindashti is the leader of a drug cartel who was sentenced to death in a smuggling case in Iran and who fled to Turkey. (Supplied) By Ebrahim Ramezani December 18, 2020 Turkish media have published more details about the kidnapping of  Habib Assoud, a former leader of [...]

By |December 18th, 2020|Minorities, Turkey|

Sweden says Iran has denied access to detained dissident

A security guard stands at the gate of Evin Prison in Tehran, undated. (Fars) December 17, 2020 Sweden said Tuesday it had not been granted consular access to a Swedish-Iranian dissident who is detained in Iran after disappearing during a visit to Turkey in October. Iran’s state media in November reported the arrest [...]

By |December 17th, 2020|Europe, Minorities|

Parliamentary bill targets minorities in Iran, warns HR organization

Iran's parliament initially passed the motion in May 2020, before the Guardian Council, reviewed it and sent it back to the parliament with some objections in June. (AP) December 16, 2020 A human rights organization, ARTICLE 19, has expressed concern over an Iranian parliamentary motion to add two articles to the country's Penal [...]

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

Turkey detains 11 over abduction of Iranian dissident

Turkish security officers stand outside the Iranian embassy in Ankara. (AFP) December 14, 2020 Turkey has detained 11 people involved in the abduction and smuggling to Iran of an Iranian dissident wanted by Tehran in connection with a deadly 2018 attack in southwestern Iran, Turkish authorities said on Monday. Habib Chaab, an Iranian [...]

By |December 14th, 2020|Minorities, Turkey|

Turkey confirms Iran’s kidnapping of former ASMLA leader Habib Chaab on its soil

Undated photo of former ASMLA leader Habib Chaab. (Twitter) December 14, 2020 Iran drugged opposition leader Habib Chaab in Istanbul where he was then smuggled back to Iran, the American Washington Post newspaper quoted a Turkish intelligence official as saying. Chaab, a well-known activist also called Habib Asyud, is the leader of an [...]

By |December 14th, 2020|Minorities, Turkey|

Turkey summons Iranian ambassador over Azeri poem tensions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AP) December 12, 2020 Turkey on Saturday summoned the Iranian ambassador to Ankara over Iran’s “aggressive” reaction to the Turkish president’s recitation of a poem on a visit to Azerbaijan, which Tehran deemed to support a secession of Azeri ethnic parts of Iran. The diplomatic spat between neighbors [...]

By |December 12th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities, Turkey|

Iran summons Turkish ambassador over Erdogan remarks in Baku

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP) December 11, 2020 Iran on Friday summoned Turkey’s ambassador to Tehran over the Turkish president’s remarks during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, which Iran deemed offensive and said support a secession of Azeri ethnic parts of Iran. Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Turkish Ambassador Derya [...]

By |December 11th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities, Turkey|