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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.

Eight years on, the trauma continues for LGBT+ Iranians detained at birthday party by IRGC

Leaked CCTV footage from Evin Prison last month purportedly showed the first visual evidence of LBGT+ Iranians being housed in the basement of Evin Prison. (Social Media) September 2, 2021 "The party was in Anahita Hall, on the Kermanshah-Kamyaran highway. There were about 60 of us there. It was about 10 pm when [...]

By |September 2nd, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Cellmate says death-row Kurd was tortured for murder confession

Iranian Kurdish political prisoner Heydar Ghorbani whose death sentence was finalized by Iran's Supreme Court on Sept 5, 2020. (VOA) August 31, 2021 In an audio file, Ebrahim Yusefi, a former cellmate of Kurdish prisoner Heidar Ghorbani, who faces execution, has claimed Ghorbani was tortured to confess to involvement in the deaths of [...]

By |August 31st, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Baha’is protest ‘economic strangulation’ of Iran property seizures

Islamic Republic has repeatedly used confiscation of property as an additional means of marginalizing Baha’is. (IranWire) August 28, 2021 The Baha'i International Community (BIC) has urged the United Nations and other international bodies to intervene with Iran’s government to ensure that Baha’is are not dispossessed of property. "Confiscation of properties remains a tactic [...]

By |August 28th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian Sunni cleric’s human rights award withdrawn for supporting the Taliban

Molavi Abdol Hamid, the Sunni Muslim leader for Friday prayers in Zahedan. (Supplied) August 24, 2021 The Human Rights Defenders Center has issued a statement announcing that its 2014 award presented to Molavi Abdol Hamid, the Sunni Muslim leader for Friday prayers in Zahedan, will be withdrawn because for his support of the Taliban. The statement, dated August 24, said the group rejected Abdol [...]

By |August 24th, 2021|Afghanistan, Minorities|

Tehran city council may erase Armenian history from Christian monastery

Doulab Armenian Cemetery is one of a historical monastery in Tehran and dates back more than 200 years to the Qajar period. (IranWire) By Maryam Dehkordi August 18, 2021 A group of traditional Muharram mourners, who mark the 7th century deaths of the Imams Ali and Husayn each year during the Islamic month [...]

By |August 18th, 2021|Minorities, North America, USA|

Amnesty cites Iran for unlawful force after Kurd-Azari violence

Since mid-July there have been dozens of protests across Iran. (Twitter) August 12, 2021 In a statement Wednesday, Amnesty International said Iran's security forces had resorted to unlawful use of force and mass arrests to crack down on predominantly peaceful recent protests in Naghadeh (Naqadeh), Western Azarbaijan province, August 7. According to the [...]

By |August 12th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Two Kurdish Iranian journalists sentenced to 2.5 years in jail, 90 lashes

Police officers, wearing protective face masks, are seen in front of the UAE embassy in Tehran, Iran, on August 15, 2020. (AP) August 11, 2021 On August 3, Branch 104 of the Sanandaj Penal Court, in the province of Iranian Kurdistan, sentenced Amjadian and Haq-Bayan to 2.5 years in prison each for allegedly [...]

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

Iran asks Iraq to expel Iranian rebels from Kurdistan region

Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDPI) members inspect damage at their party headquarters in Koysinjaq, east of Irbil, Sept 12, 2018. (AFP) August 11, 2021 A senior Iranian security official urged Iraq on Tuesday to expel Iranian rebels from Iraqi Kurdistan, or expect Tehran to take "preventative measures" against the armed groups, Iranian state [...]

By |August 11th, 2021|Iraq, Minorities|

Dissident abroad threatened with death by Iran intelligence

Thousands of Iranian Gathered in Stockholm to protest against Iran's regime, Dec 8, 2018. (Twitter) August 9, 2021 Hengaw Iranian human rights organization announced Sunday that the family members of the chief editor of its website Arsalan Yarahmadi were questioned by Iran’s intelligence ministry agents who threatened to kill him if he did [...]

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

Iranian opposition party accuses Tehran of assassinating one of its leaders in Erbil

Musa Babakhani, a member of the Central Committee of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, was assassinated by a terrorist affiliated with Iran in the city of Erbil. (Supplied) August 9, 2021 The Iranian opposition Kurdistan Democratic Party, the oldest Kurdish group in Iran and active in Iraqi Kurdistan, accused Iran on Saturday of assassinating [...]

By |August 9th, 2021|Iraq, Minorities|