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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.

Hundreds of protesters arrested for opposing Iran’s support of Armenia

Protest rallies were held in several cities in Iran to show support for Azerbaijan as the clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh continue, October 1, 2020. (Supplied) By Ebrahim Ramezani October 5, 2020 More than 100 protesters voicing support for Azerbaijan and anger over Iran’s backing of Armenia have been arrested in Iran. As military clashes between the [...]

By |October 5th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities|

Iran police disperse pro-Azerbaijan demonstrations

Azeri artillery strike toward the positions of Armenian separatists in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Sept. 28, 2020. (AFP) October 3, 2020 Demonstrations in northwestern Iran in support of Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region have been dispersed by police, the Fars news agency reported. Police broke up on [...]

By |October 3rd, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities|

Protests erupt in Iran backing Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Ethnic Azeris make up the largest non-Persian minority in Iran, estimated between 16 and 24 percent of the population. (Social Media) October 2, 2020 Protests have erupted in several Iranian cities, including the capital, Tehran, and and the northwestern city of Tabriz, in support of Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over the [...]

By |October 2nd, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities|

Mandaean graves in Iran segregated and destroyed

The fact that Mandaean cemeteries are separate from public municipal graveyards. (INU) By Maryam Dehkordi October 01, 2020 For several years now, the anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war has been marked with ceremonies across major cities in Iran, especially those that were badly affected by the ensuing destruction. One of these [...]

By |October 1st, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Gunmen kill 3 Revolutionary Guard members

Iranian soldiers patrolling in the Sistan Baluchistan province. (Supplied) September 29, 2020 Unknown gunmen in a car on Tuesday opened fire on two Revolutionary Guard vehicles, killing three Guard members in Iran’s southeast, state media reported. The official IRNA news agency said two assailants were also killed in the shootout, adding authorities are [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

After escaping prison in Iran, persecuted Christian leader speaks out

Pastor Victor Bet-Tamraz, left, with his family in Iran. (Supplied) September 28, 2020 A Christian pastor who recently escaped a 10-year prison sentence in Iran by fleeing the country said the Iranian government has criminalized Christianity and considers the religion “fundamentally political.” “It seems Christianity, or at least Protestantism, is considered fundamentally political,” Bet-Tamraz said [...]

By |September 28th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran court rules to separate 2-year-old child from foster parents for being Christian

Christian converts Sam Khosravi and Maryam Fallahi with their adopted daughter, Lydia. (Twitter) September 26, 2020 An Iranian appeals court has ruled in favor of separating a two-year-old child from her adoptive parents due to their Christian faith, a non-profit Christian watchdog reported on Thursday. The court’s decision to separate Lydia from her adoptive parents [...]

By |September 26th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Prisoners on death row in Ahvaz

A mass grave in the southern city of Ahvaz,1988 mass execution. (Facebook) By Aida Ghajar September 24, 2020 The death sentences of four prisoners in Sheiban Prison in Khuzestan province have been upheld by the Supreme Court, and their execution is reported to be imminent. On September 20, authorities released the names of the [...]

By |September 24th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Mandaeans in Iran: Discrimination begins at birth

Despite their nearly 2,000-year-old faith, Mandaeans are one of the least-known religious minority groups in Iran. (AP) By Maryam Dehkordi September 24, 2020 The Mandaeans are one of the least-known ethnoreligious groups in Iran, although their culture and belief system dates back almost 2,000 years. They are not recognized under the laws of the [...]

By |September 24th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Yarsanis who fled Iran: The story of an exodus

Up to 7,000 Yarsanis, some pictured here in 1993, were held in Al Tash of a total of around 55,000 Kurds. (IranWire) By Kambiz Ghafouri September 22, 2020 It was 1979, and the Islamic Revolution had been victorious. A new government was being formed whose mandate and laws would be dictated by Twelver Shia [...]

By |September 22nd, 2020|Iran, Minorities|