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.

The saga of trans and gay students in Iran

Iranian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are careful not to reveal faces when taking photos for fear of reprisal. All subject to horrific punishment inside Iran. (Joopea) By Shaya Goldoust October 21, 2020 One of the difficulties that LGBTQI people in Iran face from childhood, adolescence, and even into adulthood, are the conditions [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Ahwazi Arabs need world’s help to win their rights

Ahwazi Arabs protest Iran's oil exploitation & human rights abuses outside the London offices of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) on 3 July 2016. (PTF) By Maria Maalouf October 20, 2020 The Iranian regime is trying to subjugate the 5 million people of the Khuzestan Province, which is within the country's borders. Khuzestan, which [...]

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

2 Baha’i women in Iran report to prison to begin sentences for practicing their faith

Female prison guards walk along a corridor in Tehran's Evin prison June 13, 2006. (Reuters) October 16, 2020 Two Iranian Baha’i women have reported to a prison in eastern Iran to begin serving sentences for peacefully practicing their faith after authorities apparently ignored appeals to spare them from potential coronavirus exposure in jail, [...]

By |October 16th, 2020|Iran, Minorities, Women|

Iranian Mandaean goldsmiths complain of discrimination and ransom demands

Mandaeans have fewer legal rights than Muslims – even Muslim swindlers and thieves – and if they can’t prove their innocence they’re in big trouble. (Supplied) By Maryam Dehkordi October 14, 2020 Religious minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran are sometimes described as najes, or "impure". With the state’s blessing, their business premises are often [...]

By |October 14th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran on edge as Azeri minority backs Karabakh war

Ethnic Azeris make up the largest non-Persian minority in Iran, estimated between 16 and 24 percent of the population. (Social Media) By Kourosh Ziabari October 9, 2020 Tensions flaring up between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia over the intractable Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, deemed to be Europe’s oldest “frozen war,” have spilled over into the [...]

By |October 9th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities|

Iran at risk from spillover of Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes

Ethnic Azeris make up the largest non-Persian minority in Iran, estimated between 16 and 24 percent of the population. (Social Media) By Brenda Shaffer October 07, 2020 Intense fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan is taking place in proximity to Iran’s northwestern border, which it shares with both countries. While Turkey has sided firmly with Azerbaijan and Russia stands [...]

By |October 7th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities|

Iran’s dubious neutrality in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Military exercise by the IRGC near border point with Azerbaijan. (IRIB) By Faramarz Davar October 5, 2020 The conflict between Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan has erupted into the bloodiest, most dangerous clash in decades, with heavy fighting breaking out in and near Nagorno-Karabakh since September 27. The territory being fought over is so close to Iran [...]

By |October 5th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities|

Four decades of assassination and imprisonment of Sunni imams in Iran

Undated photo of Iranian Sunni cleric Molavi Fazl al-Rahman Kouhi, an outspoken critic of Iran's Shiite Islamist rulers. (Supplied) By Ehsan Mehrabi October 5, 2020 The Special Clerical Court of Mashhad has sentenced Molavi Fazl ol-Rahman Kouhi, a Sunni Friday prayers imam from Sistan and Baluchistan, to six years and four months in prison. He was [...]

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

Hundreds of protesters arrested for opposing Iran’s support of Armenia

Protest rallies were held in several cities in Iran to show support for Azerbaijan as the clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh continue, October 1, 2020. (Supplied) By Ebrahim Ramezani October 5, 2020 More than 100 protesters voicing support for Azerbaijan and anger over Iran’s backing of Armenia have been arrested in Iran. As military clashes between the [...]

By |October 5th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities|

Iran police disperse pro-Azerbaijan demonstrations

Azeri artillery strike toward the positions of Armenian separatists in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Sept. 28, 2020. (AFP) October 3, 2020 Demonstrations in northwestern Iran in support of Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region have been dispersed by police, the Fars news agency reported. Police broke up on [...]

By |October 3rd, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities|