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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.

Gonabadi dervishes resist oppression of all minorities since Tehran clashes

The second trial session of Iranian Gonabadi Dervish, Mohammad Salas who was accused of killing police officers by hitting them with his bus, in Tehran, March 12, 2018. (AFP) By Maryam Dehkordi June 26, 2021 Mohammad Salas, a Gonabadi dervish, was executed in Iran on June 18, 2018. Salas was accused of killing [...]

By |June 26th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Female Baha’i motorcycle racer jailed for eight years in Iran

Shahrzad Nazifi and her family are all motorcyclists at the top of their game but have been banned from racing since May 2019. (IranWire) June 9, 2021 Shahrzad Nazifi, an Iranian Baha'i and the first woman to hold an official rank in motocross and motorcycle racing in Iran, has been sentenced in absentia [...]

By |June 9th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Dispatch from Tehran: Armenians reluctantly leave their homeland

The total number of Armenians in Iran is currently fewer than 50,000, while before the Islamic Revolution it stood at 250,000. (IranWire) June 8, 2021 In a flurry of tears and hatred, he is packing up his bags. He’s not happy, but knows to stay fully focused so as not to mis a [...]

By |June 8th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Body found on Norwegian shore is Kurdish-Iranian baby who drowned in English Channel

Artin died alongside three family members when the boat they were in sank in October 2020. (Social Media) June 7, 2021 Police in Norway have said a body found on the country’s coast earlier this year is that of a 15-month-old Kurdish-Iranian boy who died trying to cross the English Channel from France [...]

By |June 7th, 2021|Europe, Minorities|

False promises and a forced confession: A former Kurdish activist held hostage by Iran

Moradi was arrested at the Kileh border crossing in Sardasht by Revolutionary Guards. (IranWire) By Hawri Yousifi May 29, 2021 In April, authorities handed down a 40-year jail sentence to Kurdish political prisoner Mohammad Moradi on charges of "rebellion through membership to an opposition party and returning to Iran to carry out armed [...]

By |May 29th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Supreme court strikes out Sunnis’ complaint against Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during an event in Tehran on Nov. 5, 2019. (AFP) May 22, 2021 Iran's Supreme Court has thrown out an attempt at group litigation by Sunni Muslims against President Hassan Rouhani. According to Etemad newspaper, the Sunnis had prepared a 33-page complaint against the premier and registered it in the [...]

By |May 22nd, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iran arrests 16 Ahwazi Arabs including elderly mother of slain protester

Iranian Arabs protesting in front of local TV office in city of Ahvaz, undated. (Social Media) May 19, 2021 Iranian authorities have embarked on a wave of arbitrary arrests of more than a dozen citizens in Ahvaz, capital of the southwestern Khuzestan Province. Among those arbitrarily arrested is the mother of one of [...]

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

Iranian Kurd dissident sets himself ablaze in Iraq

People walk on the street in Erbil, Iraq Sept 24, 2017. (REUTERS) May 18, 2021 An Iranian Kurd seeking asylum in Iraq doused himself in fuel and set himself alight Tuesday near United Nations offices in protest against living conditions. Medics in Arbil treating Mohammad Mahmoudi, 27, said he was in a critical [...]

By |May 18th, 2021|Iraq, Minorities|

Iran urged to stop jailing, harassing Kurdish journalists

Nasrullah Lashani's detention related to charges relating to his writing and crossing the Iraqi border. (Social Media) May 13, 2021 The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is urging Iran to stop its imprisonment and harassment of Kurdish journalists amid what human rights groups have denounced as a crackdown on members of the minority [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Security forces fatally shoot Baluch child, open fire on locals protesting killing in volatile SE province

Protests in the impoverished Sistan-Baluchestan province began in Saravan, Feb 24, 2021. (Supplied) May 11, 2021 Narcotics forces in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan fatally shot a Baluch child today in Iranshahr. The child was identified as five-year-old Meisam Narouie. A short video of his lifeless body in the arms of [...]

By |May 11th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|