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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.

Kolbar shot dead by IRGC in the mountains of West Azerbaijan

The Iranian regime still calls kolbars “smugglers” and border guards regularly shoot at these impoverished citizen. (Supplied) September 6, 2021 A recent spate of killings of kolbars in western provinces of Iran has continued. This week yet another man earning a living by transporting goods across the Iran-Iraq border was shot dead by the Revolutionary [...]

By |September 6th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iran Guards fire on fuel smugglers in poor southeastern region

Protests in Sistan and Baluchistan in southeast Iran, following the killing of at least ten people by IRGC, Feb 24, 2021. (Twitter) September 4, 2021 Reports from southeastern Iran say that the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on Friday opened fire on people carrying fuel to sell in Pakistan and set fire to the containers [...]

By |September 4th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

UN experts urge Iran to halt imminent execution of Kurdish prisoner

Iran’s many ethnic and linguistic minorities are regularly subject to human rights abuses, including executions and torture. (IRNA) September 4, 2021 UN human rights experts have urged Iranian authorities to immediately halt the imminent execution of an Iranian-Kurdish prisoner whom they say was subject to enforced disappearance and pre-trial torture. “The Iranian authorities [...]

By |September 4th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian man ‘lashed to death’ over alcohol possession

A public lashing on a convict is carried out in Iran. (Reuters) September 3, 2021 An Iranian man died after he was submitted to a lashing penalty inside a jail in Iran's Turkish-majority eastern Azerbaijan province. The inmate, identified as Hadi Atazadeh, had been handed an unspecified prison sentence and lashes after being charged [...]

By |September 3rd, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

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|