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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 on edge as Azeri minority backs Karabakh war

Ethnic Azeris make up the largest non-Persian minority in Iran, estimated between 16 and 24 percent of the population. (Social Media) By Kourosh Ziabari October 9, 2020 Tensions flaring up between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia over the intractable Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, deemed to be Europe’s oldest “frozen war,” have spilled over into the [...]

By |October 9th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities|

Iran at risk from spillover of Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes

Ethnic Azeris make up the largest non-Persian minority in Iran, estimated between 16 and 24 percent of the population. (Social Media) By Brenda Shaffer October 07, 2020 Intense fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan is taking place in proximity to Iran’s northwestern border, which it shares with both countries. While Turkey has sided firmly with Azerbaijan and Russia stands [...]

By |October 7th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities|

Iran’s dubious neutrality in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Military exercise by the IRGC near border point with Azerbaijan. (IRIB) By Faramarz Davar October 5, 2020 The conflict between Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan has erupted into the bloodiest, most dangerous clash in decades, with heavy fighting breaking out in and near Nagorno-Karabakh since September 27. The territory being fought over is so close to Iran [...]

By |October 5th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities|

Four decades of assassination and imprisonment of Sunni imams in Iran

Undated photo of Iranian Sunni cleric Molavi Fazl al-Rahman Kouhi, an outspoken critic of Iran's Shiite Islamist rulers. (Supplied) By Ehsan Mehrabi October 5, 2020 The Special Clerical Court of Mashhad has sentenced Molavi Fazl ol-Rahman Kouhi, a Sunni Friday prayers imam from Sistan and Baluchistan, to six years and four months in prison. He was [...]

By |October 5th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Hundreds of protesters arrested for opposing Iran’s support of Armenia

Protest rallies were held in several cities in Iran to show support for Azerbaijan as the clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh continue, October 1, 2020. (Supplied) By Ebrahim Ramezani October 5, 2020 More than 100 protesters voicing support for Azerbaijan and anger over Iran’s backing of Armenia have been arrested in Iran. As military clashes between the [...]

By |October 5th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities|

Iran police disperse pro-Azerbaijan demonstrations

Azeri artillery strike toward the positions of Armenian separatists in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Sept. 28, 2020. (AFP) October 3, 2020 Demonstrations in northwestern Iran in support of Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region have been dispersed by police, the Fars news agency reported. Police broke up on [...]

By |October 3rd, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities|

Protests erupt in Iran backing Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Ethnic Azeris make up the largest non-Persian minority in Iran, estimated between 16 and 24 percent of the population. (Social Media) October 2, 2020 Protests have erupted in several Iranian cities, including the capital, Tehran, and and the northwestern city of Tabriz, in support of Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over the [...]

By |October 2nd, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities|

Mandaean graves in Iran segregated and destroyed

The fact that Mandaean cemeteries are separate from public municipal graveyards. (INU) By Maryam Dehkordi October 01, 2020 For several years now, the anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war has been marked with ceremonies across major cities in Iran, especially those that were badly affected by the ensuing destruction. One of these [...]

By |October 1st, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Gunmen kill 3 Revolutionary Guard members

Iranian soldiers patrolling in the Sistan Baluchistan province. (Supplied) September 29, 2020 Unknown gunmen in a car on Tuesday opened fire on two Revolutionary Guard vehicles, killing three Guard members in Iran’s southeast, state media reported. The official IRNA news agency said two assailants were also killed in the shootout, adding authorities are [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

After escaping prison in Iran, persecuted Christian leader speaks out

Pastor Victor Bet-Tamraz, left, with his family in Iran. (Supplied) September 28, 2020 A Christian pastor who recently escaped a 10-year prison sentence in Iran by fleeing the country said the Iranian government has criminalized Christianity and considers the religion “fundamentally political.” “It seems Christianity, or at least Protestantism, is considered fundamentally political,” Bet-Tamraz said [...]

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