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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 prison flooded with books after call by jailed Sufi booklover

Iranian Gonabadi Dervish journalist Mohammad Sharifi Moghadam. (VOA) By Golnaz Esfandiari May 10, 2021 In a recent letter from prison, Iranian dervish Mohammad Sharifi Moghadami asked his countrymen, including writers and publishers, to send books to Iran’s largest detention facility. Within days of its circulation, some 7,000 books had arrived at Great Tehran [...]

By |May 10th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Gay Iranian man murdered by family on being ‘outed’ by military service card

On May 4, Ali Fazeli Monfared, a 20-year-old gay man, was killed by his half-brother and two of his cousins. (Supplied) By Shaya Goldoust May 10, 2021 On Tuesday, May 4, a young ethnic Arab man in Ahvaz was murdered because of his sexual orientation. Shortly afterwards, the Iranian lesbian and transgender network [...]

By |May 10th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Danish high court upholds conviction of Norwegian man in Iran spy case

ASMLA protestors leading a demonstration against the Iran regime's oppression of Ahwaz, undated. (Asharq Al-Awsat) May 6, 2021 A Danish high court on Thursday upheld the seven-year sentence given to a Norwegian citizen of Iranian heritage for spying and complicity in a failed plot to kill an Iranian Arab opposition figure in Denmark. [...]

By |May 6th, 2021|Europe, Minorities|

IRGC officer killed by Kurdish fighters in skirmish

The clashes took place in the mountainous area of Dara Nakhi, near the Kurdish town of Mariwan. (AFP) May 5, 2021 Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said one of its members was "martyred" during intense clashes with Kurdish fighters near the border with Iraq early on May 4. The IRGC claimed to [...]

By |May 5th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iran: Stop destruction of mass grave site and allow dignified burials of persecuted Baha’is

Iranian students and members of Amnesty International demonstrate in front of the Iranian Embassy in Rome on June 11, 2010. (AFP) May 1, 2021 Iranian authorities are banning members of the persecuted Baha’i minority from burying their loved ones in empty plots at a cemetery near Tehran that they have used for decades, [...]

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

Iran must end its relentless violations against the Baha’is

The Baha’i Faith has never been included amongst the recognized religions in Iran. (IranWire) By Nazila Ghanea April 28, 2021 Iran has shown resolute determination over its desire to rob its Baha’i population of all citizenship rights. Having just marked the year 1400 in the Iranian calendar and 178 of the Baha’i calendar (March 20), [...]

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

Families of executed activists ask Tehran mayor to stop desecrating graves

Baha’is have been told that they should either bury their dead in the narrow spaces between the current Baha’i graves, or use the same mass burial site used for those murdered by the regime in 1988. (IranWire) April 27, 2021 Baha’is in Tehran have been made to bury their loved ones not in [...]

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

Iran Guard kills 3 militants near Afghanistan border

Iranian border guards in Sistan and Baluchistan province. (Getty) April 24, 2021 Members of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard shot dead three militants and dismantled their cell in eastern Iran near the border with Afghanistan, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reported Saturday. An exchange of fire between Guard forces and a “terrorist team” resulted [...]

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

Baha’is in Iran have nowhere to bury their dead

The destruction of a historic Baha'i cemetery in Shiraz, Iran, by the IRGC. (Baha'i World News Service) By Kian Sabeti April 24, 2021 Baha'is in Iran have faced many forms of systematic discrimination and harassment over the past four decades, including deportation, educational restrictions, detention, harassment, torture, imprisonment and even execution. The burial [...]

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

Gunmen kill two Guard members in Iran’s Kurdish area

Iran’s Kurdish area has seen occasional fighting between Iranian forces and Kurdish separatists. (Supplied) April 22, 2021 Unknown gunmen suspected of terrorism killed two members of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, the official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday. The Guard members also killed two gunmen and wounded several of their accomplices in the [...]

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