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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’s western provinces ranked most ‘miserable’ in the country

Kolbars carry goods across the Kurdistan Region-Iran border. (Rudaw) By Bahram Khodabandeh July 16, 2021 A new report by Iran Open Data has found that the so-called "misery index" in Iran has reached its highest level in a decade. The misery index is an economic indicator designed in the 1970s to assess the level of [...]

By |July 16th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Blood money, inheritance and property: Religious discrimination in Iranian law

Iranian members of parliament attend a parliamentary session in Tehran on June 23, 2015. (REUTERS) By Maryam Dehkord July 14, 2021 According to Article 14 of Iran’s Constitution, the Government of the Islamic Republic and all Muslims are obliged to treat non-Muslims well and to respect “Islamic justice” and their human rights. The [...]

By |July 14th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Four Iranian kolbars shot and killed in a fortnight

Iranian porters (kolbar) on a mountain path connecting Iran to Iraqi Kurdistan. Undated. (Social Media) July 14, 2021 At least four Iranian kolbars or border couriers have been shot and killed in Iran’s border regions in the past two weeks. Behzad Rahimi, an MP for Saghez and Baneh in Kurdistan province, revealed the killings during [...]

By |July 14th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Non-Persian ethnic minorities in Iran may be ripe for revolt

Iranian Azerbaijanis protest the broadcast of a children's cartoon depicting an Azerbaijani brushing his teeth with a toilet brush in November 2015. (Twitter) By Marilyn Stern July 2, 2021 Brenda Shaffer, Senior Advisor for Energy at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), spoke to a May 21 Middle East Forum webinar (video) about [...]

By |July 2nd, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian Christians receive prison sentence for ‘sectarian activities’

Iranian Christian priests pray during a new year mass at a church in Tehran. (REUTERS) July 1, 2021 Three Christians from the Church of Iran denomination have each been sentenced to five years in prison and fined four million Rials ($95) on Saturday. They were sentenced by the Revolutionary Court in Karaj, in [...]

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

Gonabadi dervishes resist oppression of all minorities since Tehran clashes

The second trial session of Iranian Gonabadi Dervish, Mohammad Salas who was accused of killing police officers by hitting them with his bus, in Tehran, March 12, 2018. (AFP) By Maryam Dehkordi June 26, 2021 Mohammad Salas, a Gonabadi dervish, was executed in Iran on June 18, 2018. Salas was accused of killing [...]

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

Female Baha’i motorcycle racer jailed for eight years in Iran

Shahrzad Nazifi and her family are all motorcyclists at the top of their game but have been banned from racing since May 2019. (IranWire) June 9, 2021 Shahrzad Nazifi, an Iranian Baha'i and the first woman to hold an official rank in motocross and motorcycle racing in Iran, has been sentenced in absentia [...]

By |June 9th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Dispatch from Tehran: Armenians reluctantly leave their homeland

The total number of Armenians in Iran is currently fewer than 50,000, while before the Islamic Revolution it stood at 250,000. (IranWire) June 8, 2021 In a flurry of tears and hatred, he is packing up his bags. He’s not happy, but knows to stay fully focused so as not to mis a [...]

By |June 8th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Body found on Norwegian shore is Kurdish-Iranian baby who drowned in English Channel

Artin died alongside three family members when the boat they were in sank in October 2020. (Social Media) June 7, 2021 Police in Norway have said a body found on the country’s coast earlier this year is that of a 15-month-old Kurdish-Iranian boy who died trying to cross the English Channel from France [...]

By |June 7th, 2021|Europe, Minorities|

False promises and a forced confession: A former Kurdish activist held hostage by Iran

Moradi was arrested at the Kileh border crossing in Sardasht by Revolutionary Guards. (IranWire) By Hawri Yousifi May 29, 2021 In April, authorities handed down a 40-year jail sentence to Kurdish political prisoner Mohammad Moradi on charges of "rebellion through membership to an opposition party and returning to Iran to carry out armed [...]

By |May 29th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|