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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.

Khamenei understands the destitution of the Baluchis

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a meeting in Tehran on October 18, 2017. (Reuters) By Aida Ghajar February 27, 2021 In December 1977, Ali Khamenei was exiled to Iranshahr. He writes in his memoir that, while there, in addition to getting to know the youth of the area, he had expanded his circle of contacts, traveled [...]

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

Cinderella province in a rebellious mood

Protests in the impoverished Sistan-Baluchestan province began in Saravan, Feb 24, 2021. (Supplied) By Amir Taheri February 26, 2021 “Like a battlefield!” This is how eye-witnesses describe the scene in Saravan after two-days of violence on Monday and Tuesday during which an undetermined number of people lost their lives while local authorities briefly [...]

By |February 26th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

HRW urges Iran to probe deadly shooting on Pakistan border

Protests in Sistan and Baluchistan in southeast Iran, Feb 24, 2021. (Twitter) February 26, 2021 Human Rights Watch called on Iran Friday to investigate a deadly shooting by Revolutionary Guards against smugglers attempting to transport fuel into neighboring Pakistan for excessive use of force. Monday’s shooting in the border area near the town [...]

By |February 26th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iran policeman killed amid unrest in southeast

An Iranian border guard keeps watching at a border post in southeastern Iran. (AFP) February 26, 2021 An officer has been killed in an attack on a police station in southeastern Iran, state media reported Thursday, as unrest in Sistan-Baluchistan province spread to provincial capital Zahedan. The violence began earlier this week when [...]

By |February 26th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

How did the fires of protest in Iran’s Saravan ignite?

Videos have surfaced showing a police vehicle set on fire in Saravan, in Sistan and Baluchistan province, Feb 23, 2021. (Social Media) February 24, 2021 On Monday, February 22, local media outlets in Sistan and Baluchistan province released videos of members of the Revolutionary Guards forces firing on impoverished local Baluch fuel smugglers, reportedly killing [...]

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

Iranian assistant prosecutor is accused of killing dervish prisoner

Behnam Mahjubi had been jailed after taking part in a demonstration in Iran. (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar February 24, 2021 Medical provision for political and ideological prisoners in Iran is far more complex than that of ordinary prisoners. If a prisoner charged with a “normal” crime has a medical issue, the prison clinic can [...]

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

Tales of forbidden Zoroastrian-Muslim love affairs in Iran

Zoroastrianism predates Islam in Iran, but now only counts roughly 25,000 adherents. (AFP) By Niloufar Rostami February 24, 2021 The idea of a Zoroastrian marrying a Muslim in Iran was, until just a few years ago, met with deep hostility by Muslim families. Many couples were left heartbroken. But while broken hearts are [...]

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

Iranian Baha’i woman sentenced to five years in jail

Parisa Sadeghi was arrested in October 2017 after security agents attended and disrupted a religious meeting being held at her home. (Supplied) February 24, 2021 An Iranian Baha’i citizen named Parisa Sadeghi has been sentenced to five years in prison on charges of membership of the Baha’i faith, IranWire has learned. An informed [...]

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

Iranian Baluchis protest against the shooting of impoverished fuel smugglers

Videos have surfaced showing a police vehicle set on fire in Saravan, in Sistan and Baluchistan province, Feb 23, 2021. (Social Media) February 23, 2021 Demonstrations continue apace in the city of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchistan province following the recent shooting of Baluch fuel smugglers by members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard [...]

By |February 23rd, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Eight Baha’is jailed in Bandar Abbas

A home in Semnan, Iran, sprayed with offensive graffiti which, when translated into English, reads: "Down with the pagan Baha'i. Down with America and Britain." (BWNS) February 23, 2021 Eight Baha'i citizens living in Bandar Abbas and Shiraz have been summoned to the Bandar Abbas Penal Enforcement Unit to begin serving their sentences. [...]

By |February 23rd, 2021|Iran, Minorities|