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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.

The execution of a Gonabadi Sufi: They decided to kill him, the trial was a sham

Iranian Gonabadi Dervish Mohammad Salas in court in March 2018. (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar June 20, 2020 Two years on from the execution of a Gonabadi Sufi whose trial and sentencing were pushed through at record speed, IranWire has received documents from the court that indicate that his life could have been spared and [...]

By |June 20th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s underground church surfaces, offering aid during coronavirus spike

The Saint Sarkis Cathedral church next to a building bearing a drawing of the founder of the Islamic republic in Tehran on January 1, 2020. (AFP) By Caleb Parke June 19, 2020 Christians in Iran say they are risking their lives to aid their neighbors in an already hostile environment known for exporting radical Islamic terrorism, a religious [...]

By |June 19th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian Christian activist hailed by Trump says Iran detaining 15 other Christians

Iranian Christian Mary Mohammadi. (Twitter) June 19, 2020 An Iranian Christian rights activist whose 46-day detention earlier this year drew words of concern from U.S. President Donald Trump says Iran has detained 15 other Christians as part of its long-running repression of the religious minority in the Islamic republic. Mary Mohammadi, a Tehran-based [...]

By |June 19th, 2020|Minorities, North America, USA, Woman|

‘Bleak’ future seen for Iran’s Sunnis as minority cleric’s detention drags to 6 months

Undated photo of Iranian Sunni cleric Molavi Fazl al-Rahman Kouhi, an outspoken critic of Iran's Shiite Islamist rulers. (Supplied) June 16, 2020 An exiled Iranian Sunni rights activist says Iran’s apparent arbitrary detention of an outspoken Sunni cleric is the latest sign of a bleak future for the nation’s minority Muslim sect. Speaking [...]

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

Iranian Baloch activist risks being extradited to Iran after arrest in Turkey

Abdollah Bozorgzadeh, Iranian Baloch activist. (Twitter) June 13, 2020 An Iranian Baloch activist risks being extradited to Iran and facing execution after he was arrested by the Turkish intelligence services in Ankara on Thursday. Abdollah Bozorgzadeh was arrested outside his home early Thursday in Ankara by agents from Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT), [...]

By |June 13th, 2020|Minorities, Turkey|

Fire at the Saint Mary Church follows recent blazes at sacred sites in Iran

The Saint Mary Church of Hamedan in Iran. (Social media) June 13, 2020 Local media outlets have reported a fire at the Saint Mary Church of Hamedan in Iran, a month after several fires broke out at sacred sites belonging to religious minorities in the country. The fire reportedly started early Friday. Firefighters [...]

By |June 13th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

US government publishes overview of Iran’s crimes against religious minorities

Christian women attend a church service in Tehran, Iran. (Reuters) By Hannah Somerville June 12, 2020 The Iranian government’s abuse of millions of its own people on religious grounds has once again been brought to the fore by a new US State Department report. Drawing on multiple sources, including IranWire, the grim account details how the [...]

By |June 12th, 2020|Minorities, North America, USA|

Iran secretly hangs Kurdish political prisoner Hedayat Abdollahpour in Urmia Prison

Hedayat Abdollahpour was sentenced to execution following an unfair trial for “enmity with God” in February 2017. (Supplied) June 10, 2020 The father of a Kurd political prisoner was told today that his son was executed in a northwestern Iran prison 20 days ago. Hedayat Abdollahpour, a death row political prisoner, was held [...]

By |June 10th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran executes ‘high number’ of gays, says German intelligence

Women demonstrate against the situation in Iran during the Christopher Street Day (CSD) gay pride parade in Berlin on June 19, 2010. (AFP) BY Benjamin Weinthal June 9, 2020 The newly released domestic intelligence report for the city-state of Hamburg revealed that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s execution spree targeting gays and lesbians continues [...]

By |June 9th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Jailed Iranian Kurdish political prisoner refused hospitalization for COVID-19

Zeynab Jalalian, a kurdish Iranian political activist serving a life sentence. (Twitter) June 8, 2020 Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) on Sunday quoted Ali Jalalian as saying that by the order of the Intelligence Ministry, prison authorities are refusing to transfer his daughter Zeynab Jalalian to hospital for COVID-19 treatment. Ms. Jalalian is [...]

By |June 8th, 2020|Iran, Minorities, Woman|