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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 sentences young Christian woman to 10 lashes, three months in prison

Iranian Christian Mary Mohammadi. (Twitter) May 15, 2020 Iran has sentenced a young Christian woman to 10 lashes and three months in prison for allegedly demonstrating against the military’s downing of a Ukrainian airplane in January. Mary Mohammadi, 21, was arrested in Tehran on January 12 and charged with “disrupting public order by participating in [...]

By |May 15th, 2020|Iran, Minorities, Woman|

The JCPOA has not improved Iran’s human rights record

Activists opposing the government of Iran place the images of victims of state-sponsored executions of political prisoners in 1988 in Iran, at US Capitol, Sep 12, 2019. (EPA-EFE) By Tzvi Kahn and Alireza Nader May 11, 2020 The Obama administration routinely argued that the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran could spur Tehran to moderate, thereby reducing [...]

By |May 11th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Baha’i carpenter arrested, charged with building boxes for prayer books

A protest in Brazil on behalf of Baha'i prisoners in Iran, June 2016. (AFP) By Kian Sabeti May 6, 2020 On May 2, at around 4pm, three groups of officers identifying themselves as Revolutionary Guards intelligence agents, simultaneously raided the homes of three Baha'i citizens living in Isfahan. The Baha’is were Shahzad Hosseini, Shayan [...]

By |May 6th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

IRGC commander, other members killed in Iran’s Kurdistan

Shakiba Salimi, a commander at Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). (Twitter) May 5, 2020 Shakiba Salimi, a commander at Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was killed along two other members of the IRGC in clashes with an “anti-revolutionary group” in Iran’s Kurdistan on Tuesday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. Salimi [...]

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

Surviving isolation with a memoir of an Iranian refugee in Papua New Guinea

Kurdish-Iranian writer Behrouz Boochani. (Getty) By Firouz Farzani May 4, 2020 These days my appetite for books has developed into a raging hunger. I’m devouring everything from online essays to old friends in my library. In passing, let me recommend Albert Camus’ The Plague, which has so much to say to us right now about [...]

By |May 4th, 2020|East Asia, Minorities|

Man accused of Iran death plot in Denmark goes on trial

Danish policemen stand guard in front of the city court in Copenhagen, Denmark, March 10, 2016. (AFP) May 2, 2020 The trial of a Norwegian-Iranian man accused of espionage and attempted murder in Denmark on behalf of Iran, opened Friday in Roskilde, west of Copenhagen. The 40-year-old is accused of preparing the assassination [...]

By |May 2nd, 2020|Europe, Minorities|

US urged to sanction those who violate religious freedom in Iran

Iranian Christians and members of other religious minorities in Vienna. (Kathpress) April 30, 2020 The bipartisan United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has singled out Iran and several other countries for criticism in its annual report released on Tuesday, April 28. Referring to the continuing violations of religious freedom by the clergy-dominated Islamic Republic [...]

By |April 30th, 2020|Minorities, North America, USA|

Iran executes three more people in a spree of recent hangings

Iran -- Executions in public, undated. (MEHR) April 27, 2020 Days after Amnesty International published a report on the high number of executions in Iran and several other countries, human rights monitors say Iran has executed three more people in minority-populated provinces. Abdul Vahed Faizi and Ramyar (Payam) Mokhless, both from Baneh, were [...]

By |April 27th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran imposes flogging on Christian convert for peaceful protest

USCIRF condemns Iran’s sentencing of Christian convert and social activist Mary Mohammadi. (Reuters) April 25, 2020 The Islamic Republic of Iran imposed a sentence of lashes and prison on Mary (Fatemeh) Mohammadi, one of Iran’s most famous converts to Christianity, because she allegedly “disturbed the public order.” The United States Commission on International Religious [...]

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

Iranian women you should know: Dr. Mina Izadyar, a Zoroastrian doctor at the service of all Iranians

Following her death, the medical community celebrated her work and life by setting up the Mina Izadyar Scientific Festival, held on her birthday on October 1 every year. (IranWire) By Mahrokh Gholamhosseinpour April 18, 2020 For years, Dr. Mina Izadyar's clinic in Zartosht Street in Tehran was the only place in Iran children diagnosed [...]

By |April 18th, 2020|Iran, Minorities, Woman|