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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.

Lengthy prison sentences for 30 Iranian Baha’is

A prison guard stands along a corridor in Tehran’s Evin prison on June 13, 2006. (Reuters) By Kian Sabeti June 25, 2020 Iran’s Baha’is have seen an increase in persecution during the coronavirus pandemic, particularly in Shiraz, the Baha'i International Community has reported. The group issued a statement about the increased pressures on Iran’s Baha’i community [...]

By |June 25th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

At least three soldiers killed amid IRGC-Kurdish opposition clashes in northwest Iran

IRGC members march during a parade in Tehran, on September 22, 2011. (Reuters) June 24, 2020 At least three members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed in heavy clashes with Kurdish fighters northwest of the country late Tuesday, according to reports. The clashes between the IRGC and forces of an Iranian Kurdish opposition [...]

By |June 24th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s regime escalates violent persecution of Baha’is

A representative of the Baha’i International Community to the UN delivering a statement to the UN Human Rights Council on March 10, 2020. (Twitter) June 24, 2020 The Islamic Republic of Iran has ignited a new round of violent persecution toward the Baha’i minority religious group over the last month. Bahá’í World News Service (BWNS) reported on June 11 [...]

By |June 24th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran silent on Kurdish activist’s execution

Hedayat Abdollahpour was sentenced to execution following an unfair trial for “enmity with God” in February 2017. (Supplied) June 23, 2020 Iran has withheld confirmation of its apparent recent execution of a Kurdish activist, in the latest example of its long-running practice of secretly executing ethnic minority dissidents. Kurdish activist Hedayat Abdollahpour’s brother [...]

By |June 23rd, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Government in Iran bans tourism to region where many ‘human mules’ die

Human mules (kolbar) on a mountain path connecting Iran to Iraqi Kurdistan. Undated. (Social Media) By Maryam Sinaiee June 20, 2020 In the past few days a travel agency's advertisement of tours to highly perilous mountain paths where hundreds of "human mules" have lost their lives has outraged many Iranians. The controversy over the [...]

By |June 20th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

The execution of a Gonabadi Sufi: They decided to kill him, the trial was a sham

Iranian Gonabadi Dervish Mohammad Salas in court in March 2018. (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar June 20, 2020 Two years on from the execution of a Gonabadi Sufi whose trial and sentencing were pushed through at record speed, IranWire has received documents from the court that indicate that his life could have been spared and [...]

By |June 20th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s underground church surfaces, offering aid during coronavirus spike

The Saint Sarkis Cathedral church next to a building bearing a drawing of the founder of the Islamic republic in Tehran on January 1, 2020. (AFP) By Caleb Parke June 19, 2020 Christians in Iran say they are risking their lives to aid their neighbors in an already hostile environment known for exporting radical Islamic terrorism, a religious [...]

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

Iranian Christian activist hailed by Trump says Iran detaining 15 other Christians

Iranian Christian Mary Mohammadi. (Twitter) June 19, 2020 An Iranian Christian rights activist whose 46-day detention earlier this year drew words of concern from U.S. President Donald Trump says Iran has detained 15 other Christians as part of its long-running repression of the religious minority in the Islamic republic. Mary Mohammadi, a Tehran-based [...]

By |June 19th, 2020|Minorities, North America, USA, Woman|

‘Bleak’ future seen for Iran’s Sunnis as minority cleric’s detention drags to 6 months

Undated photo of Iranian Sunni cleric Molavi Fazl al-Rahman Kouhi, an outspoken critic of Iran's Shiite Islamist rulers. (Supplied) June 16, 2020 An exiled Iranian Sunni rights activist says Iran’s apparent arbitrary detention of an outspoken Sunni cleric is the latest sign of a bleak future for the nation’s minority Muslim sect. Speaking [...]

By |June 16th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian Baloch activist risks being extradited to Iran after arrest in Turkey

Abdollah Bozorgzadeh, Iranian Baloch activist. (Twitter) June 13, 2020 An Iranian Baloch activist risks being extradited to Iran and facing execution after he was arrested by the Turkish intelligence services in Ankara on Thursday. Abdollah Bozorgzadeh was arrested outside his home early Thursday in Ankara by agents from Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT), [...]

By |June 13th, 2020|Minorities, Turkey|