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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.

Supreme court strikes out Sunnis’ complaint against Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during an event in Tehran on Nov. 5, 2019. (AFP) May 22, 2021 Iran's Supreme Court has thrown out an attempt at group litigation by Sunni Muslims against President Hassan Rouhani. According to Etemad newspaper, the Sunnis had prepared a 33-page complaint against the premier and registered it in the [...]

By |May 22nd, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iran arrests 16 Ahwazi Arabs including elderly mother of slain protester

Iranian Arabs protesting in front of local TV office in city of Ahvaz, undated. (Social Media) May 19, 2021 Iranian authorities have embarked on a wave of arbitrary arrests of more than a dozen citizens in Ahvaz, capital of the southwestern Khuzestan Province. Among those arbitrarily arrested is the mother of one of [...]

By |May 19th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian Kurd dissident sets himself ablaze in Iraq

People walk on the street in Erbil, Iraq Sept 24, 2017. (REUTERS) May 18, 2021 An Iranian Kurd seeking asylum in Iraq doused himself in fuel and set himself alight Tuesday near United Nations offices in protest against living conditions. Medics in Arbil treating Mohammad Mahmoudi, 27, said he was in a critical [...]

By |May 18th, 2021|Iraq, Minorities|

Iran urged to stop jailing, harassing Kurdish journalists

Nasrullah Lashani's detention related to charges relating to his writing and crossing the Iraqi border. (Social Media) May 13, 2021 The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is urging Iran to stop its imprisonment and harassment of Kurdish journalists amid what human rights groups have denounced as a crackdown on members of the minority [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Security forces fatally shoot Baluch child, open fire on locals protesting killing in volatile SE province

Protests in the impoverished Sistan-Baluchestan province began in Saravan, Feb 24, 2021. (Supplied) May 11, 2021 Narcotics forces in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan fatally shot a Baluch child today in Iranshahr. The child was identified as five-year-old Meisam Narouie. A short video of his lifeless body in the arms of [...]

By |May 11th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian prison flooded with books after call by jailed Sufi booklover

Iranian Gonabadi Dervish journalist Mohammad Sharifi Moghadam. (VOA) By Golnaz Esfandiari May 10, 2021 In a recent letter from prison, Iranian dervish Mohammad Sharifi Moghadami asked his countrymen, including writers and publishers, to send books to Iran’s largest detention facility. Within days of its circulation, some 7,000 books had arrived at Great Tehran [...]

By |May 10th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Gay Iranian man murdered by family on being ‘outed’ by military service card

On May 4, Ali Fazeli Monfared, a 20-year-old gay man, was killed by his half-brother and two of his cousins. (Supplied) By Shaya Goldoust May 10, 2021 On Tuesday, May 4, a young ethnic Arab man in Ahvaz was murdered because of his sexual orientation. Shortly afterwards, the Iranian lesbian and transgender network [...]

By |May 10th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Danish high court upholds conviction of Norwegian man in Iran spy case

ASMLA protestors leading a demonstration against the Iran regime's oppression of Ahwaz, undated. (Asharq Al-Awsat) May 6, 2021 A Danish high court on Thursday upheld the seven-year sentence given to a Norwegian citizen of Iranian heritage for spying and complicity in a failed plot to kill an Iranian Arab opposition figure in Denmark. [...]

By |May 6th, 2021|Europe, Minorities|

IRGC officer killed by Kurdish fighters in skirmish

The clashes took place in the mountainous area of Dara Nakhi, near the Kurdish town of Mariwan. (AFP) May 5, 2021 Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said one of its members was "martyred" during intense clashes with Kurdish fighters near the border with Iraq early on May 4. The IRGC claimed to [...]

By |May 5th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iran: Stop destruction of mass grave site and allow dignified burials of persecuted Baha’is

Iranian students and members of Amnesty International demonstrate in front of the Iranian Embassy in Rome on June 11, 2010. (AFP) May 1, 2021 Iranian authorities are banning members of the persecuted Baha’i minority from burying their loved ones in empty plots at a cemetery near Tehran that they have used for decades, [...]

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