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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.

Iran security forces arrest two female Iranian Arab civil activists

Protesters rally in front of the governor's building in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, Iran. (Social Media) December 11, 2020 Security forces in southwest Iran arrested two Iranian Arab civil activists on Wednesday on unknown charges, a rights group reported. Security forces arrested Fatima Tamimi and Maryam Ameri in their hometown in Mahshahr, a city in [...]

By |December 11th, 2020|Iran, Minorities, Women|

For the love of their country: A devoted pediatrics pioneer working in dangerous times

Dr Tahereh Berjis at her office in Tehran before leaving Iran in 2010. (IranWire) By Kian Sabeti December 11, 2020 "We lived in Iran 34 years after the Revolution. We did not regret staying because of the services we were able to provide during this time. Our lives were always in danger but we [...]

By |December 11th, 2020|Iran, Minorities, Women|

Congress passes resolution condemning Iran’s persecution of Baha’i community

The U.S. capitol building on Sep. 27, 2013. (Getty) December 9, 2020 The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed House Resolution 823, condemning the Iranian government’s persecution of the Baha’i community. The resolution, which enjoyed strong bipartisan support, called on the Iranian government to release all Baha’i prisoners, end its campaign of state-sponsored [...]

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

For the love of their country: The Iranian doctor who treated his prison guards

The "single-prescription doctor", pictured here with medical students, was accused of "corruption on earth" for being a member of the Baha'i faith. (Supplied) By Kian Sabeti December 5, 2020 On the morning of June 23, 1981, Ghamarolmolouk Seif (Farhangi) was working in her kitchen when she heard the news on the radio. The office [...]

By |December 5th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

UN Expert slams limits on minorities’ rights to worship, citing Iran, among others

Iran's national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012. (AP) December 1, 2020 A top UN expert has urged countries to repeal laws infringing on minorities’ rights to worship and hold beliefs, singling out Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Russia, and Moldova, among countries of concern. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN special [...]

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

An Iranian Mandaean priest’s dashed hopes for change in Iran

In 2015, a meeting between members of the Iranian Mandaean community and Ali Younesi sparked hope for real change after 25 years of repression. (Supplied) By Maryam Dehkordi November 26, 2020 In 2015, a joint meeting was held between members of the Iranian Mandaean community and Ali Younesi, Iran’s then Special Assistant to the President for [...]

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

How “reformists” in Iran tried to placate the UN over discrimination against Baha’is

A protest in Brazil on behalf of Baha'i prisoners in Iran, June 2016. (AFP) By Kian Sabeti November 26, 2020 Baha’is in Iran have been banned from entering higher education for forty years, since the establishment of the Islamic Republic. This mass state-sanctioned infringement of human rights can be separated into two distinct phases: [...]

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

An all-out assault on Baha’is across Iran

Iranian security agents raided the homes of tens of Baha'is on the morning of of Sunday, November 22, confiscating their personal belongings. (IranWire) By Kian Sabeti November 23, 2020 On the morning of Sunday, November 22, in simultaneous operations in various cities across Iran, security agents ransacked the homes of tens of Baha’is. Their [...]

By |November 23rd, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran opens direct fire, killing two Kurd border porters in NW Iran

Kolbars carry goods across the Kurdistan Region-Iran border. (Rudaw) November 20, 2020 Two Kurd border porters “kolbars” were killed by Iranian border forces yesterday in West Azerbaijan Province, northwestern Iran. Kurd Human Rights Groups identified the kolbars as Vasim Fardinzadeh from Oshnavieh, and Hakan Mohammadzadeh who was married and had two children and lived in [...]

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

Baha’i university candidates summoned for interrogation

Candidates were told that they would be allowed to enroll and study at Iranian universities on the condition that they sign a letter of commitment. (ILNA) November 19, 2020 Young Baha'i would-be students who passed this year’s national university entrance exams in Iran have been hauled in by education officials for questioning. On [...]

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