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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 executes Kurdish political prisoner Salimi who escaped prison riot

Mostafa Salimi, one of the escapees, was arrested by authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan and extradited to Iran. (Twitter) April 11, 2020 Iran executed on Saturday a Kurdish Iranian political prisoner who had managed to escape last month during prison riots prompted by coronavirus fears. Over 80 prisoners escaped from a prison in the city [...]

By |April 11th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

41 years of arrest, torture and execution of Baha’i doctors in Iran

Demonstrators hold images of imprisoned Iranian Baha'i religious leaders at a protest in Rio de Janeiro, June 2011. (Reuters) By Kian Sabeti April 03, 2020 The Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education has repeatedly pointed to a serious shortage of physicians and nurses in Iran over the past several years. The shortage became [...]

By |April 3rd, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Over 80 inmates escape prison in Iran’s Kurdistan after riots over coronavirus

Prisoners rioted in a prison in the city of Saqqez Friday evening and more than 80 of them were able to escape. (Supplied) March 28, 2020 Over 80 prisoners escaped from a prison in Iran’s Kurdistan province on Friday following riots amid growing concerns about the spread of coronavirus in the prison, according [...]

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

Denmark charges Norwegian citizen over alleged Iranian assassination plot

An unidentified man chants as others wave the flag of the Al Ahwaz Liberation Organization during a protest in front of the European Council building in Brussels, on April 18, 2008. (AP) March 25, 2020 Denmark’s state prosecutor said on Wednesday it had charged a Norwegian citizen with assisting an Iranian intelligence service [...]

By |March 25th, 2020|Europe, Minorities|

Coronavirus epidemic hits Iran’s small Zoroastrian community very hard

Zoroastrianism is Iran's pre-Islamic religion that once dominated the Persian Empire and beyond. (Supplied) March 19, 2020 The Chairman of Iran's Society of Zoroastrians has said that coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted the small Zoroastrian community in Yazd very hard with a fatality rate much higher than the general population. In a tweet on [...]

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

Four imprisoned Iranian Christians denied release despite coronavirus outbreak

Iranian Christians at a church in Tehran. (Reuters) March 18, 2020 Despite the deadly outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the Islamic Republic Judiciary has refused to release four jailed Iranian Christians on bail, a website advocating Iranian Christian rights, Article 18 reports. The Christian converts, Yousef Nadarkhani, 42, Mohammad Reza (Yohan) Omidi, 46, [...]

By |March 18th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

As coronavirus worsens, Iranian regime intensifies pressure on Baha’is

A city worker disinfects a bus stop sign because of the new coronavirus in Tehran, March 5, 2020. (AP) March 17, 2020 On March 14, at least 26 Baha'i citizens in Shiraz were summoned to Branch 10 of the Shiraz Revolutionary Court, to answer charges, and are required to report to the Court [...]

By |March 17th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Sunni cleric in Iran accuses Chinese Shiite students of spreading coronavirus

Molavi Abdolhamid the spiritual leader for Iran's Sunni minority. (Supplied) March 16, 2020 A Shi'a university-seminary in Iran has lambasted the most senior Sunni cleric in the country for protesting novel coronavirus outbreak in Iran through Chinese Shi'ite religious students based in the city of Qom. Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi, known as the spiritual [...]

By |March 16th, 2020|East Asia, Minorities|

Sunni prisoners in Iran warn against coronavirus tragedy in prisons

Sunni inmates have demanded to be supplied with masks and gloves, as well as disinfectant gels and alcohol, adding that so far their demands have been completely ignored. (Supplied) March 04, 2020 As Iran announced that about 54,000 prisoners would be temporarily released to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in overcrowded prisons, Sunni [...]

By |March 4th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Who are the Kulbars in Iran? Why are they systematically targeted and killed?

Kolbars carry goods across the Kurdistan Region-Iran border. (Rudaw) By Shahed Alavi February 13, 2020 A kulbar is a porter who hauls goods on his back across the borders of Iran and over long distances, mostly in the impoverished, mountainous Kurdish areas adjacent to Iraq. But who are they, why do they risk their lives in [...]

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