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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.

Iranian MPs visit restive province to investigate protests

Protests in Sistan and Baluchistan in southeast Iran, Feb 24, 2021. (Twitter) March 1, 2021 Iranian lawmakers on Monday visited an impoverished southeastern province that has been roiled by recent unrest, state-run media reported, the government’s most visible step yet to address rising popular resentment in the region. Five members of parliament, including [...]

By |March 1st, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

The Iranian government allowed border residents to sell oil. What went wrong?

450 million liters of gasoline would be sold to Iran's neighboring countries per year. (AP) By Ehsan Mehrabi March 1, 2021 Last week’s demonstrations began in Saravan city, where two years ago protesters had also set fire to the Jalegh County governor’s office. That year, however, the unrest did not escalate any further. The Razzagh [...]

By |March 1st, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iran-Pakistan border tensions: Causes and implications

A member of Iranian security forces stands near the border with Pakistan. (AFP) By Abdul Basit Khan March 1, 2021 The recent killings of ten ethnic Baloch fuel traders, trying to smuggle untaxed Iranian diesel into Pakistan, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has brought into sharp focus the perennial problems of [...]

By |March 1st, 2021|Minorities, Pakistan|

Internet disruption reported in southeast Iran amid unrest

Videos have surfaced showing a police vehicle set on fire in Saravan, in Sistan and Baluchistan province, Feb 23, 2021. (Social Media) February 27, 2021 Iran’s impoverished southeast experienced wide disruptions of internet service over the past week, internet experts said Saturday, as unrest gripped the remote province after fatal border shootings. Several [...]

By |February 27th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

The Revolutionary Guards have been trying to control Baluchistan since 1979

The Revolutionary Guards had a strong presence on the border of Baluchistan from 1979 to 1989. (Twitter) February 27, 2021 The protests in Sistan and Baluchistan began amid the implementation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ controversial Razzagh Plan. Despite claims by the Islamic Republic that the unrest has now come to an end, [...]

By |February 27th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Khamenei understands the destitution of the Baluchis

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a meeting in Tehran on October 18, 2017. (Reuters) By Aida Ghajar February 27, 2021 In December 1977, Ali Khamenei was exiled to Iranshahr. He writes in his memoir that, while there, in addition to getting to know the youth of the area, he had expanded his circle of contacts, traveled [...]

By |February 27th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Cinderella province in a rebellious mood

Protests in the impoverished Sistan-Baluchestan province began in Saravan, Feb 24, 2021. (Supplied) By Amir Taheri February 26, 2021 “Like a battlefield!” This is how eye-witnesses describe the scene in Saravan after two-days of violence on Monday and Tuesday during which an undetermined number of people lost their lives while local authorities briefly [...]

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

HRW urges Iran to probe deadly shooting on Pakistan border

Protests in Sistan and Baluchistan in southeast Iran, Feb 24, 2021. (Twitter) February 26, 2021 Human Rights Watch called on Iran Friday to investigate a deadly shooting by Revolutionary Guards against smugglers attempting to transport fuel into neighboring Pakistan for excessive use of force. Monday’s shooting in the border area near the town [...]

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

Iran policeman killed amid unrest in southeast

An Iranian border guard keeps watching at a border post in southeastern Iran. (AFP) February 26, 2021 An officer has been killed in an attack on a police station in southeastern Iran, state media reported Thursday, as unrest in Sistan-Baluchistan province spread to provincial capital Zahedan. The violence began earlier this week when [...]

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

How did the fires of protest in Iran’s Saravan ignite?

Videos have surfaced showing a police vehicle set on fire in Saravan, in Sistan and Baluchistan province, Feb 23, 2021. (Social Media) February 24, 2021 On Monday, February 22, local media outlets in Sistan and Baluchistan province released videos of members of the Revolutionary Guards forces firing on impoverished local Baluch fuel smugglers, reportedly killing [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|