• Destruction of Baha'i cemetery Shiraz by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in 2014
    Silence of Victims, Denial of Rulers
    Reza Kazemzadeh is a Belgium based psychologist and writer. He is the head of Exile, which is a medical psychological center for victims of torture. He spoke with MvoicesIran about why the Iranian society is, in many cases, indifferent to the persecution of religious minorities and its silence and the internalizing of fear during 40 years of repression and discrimination. Last year,when the  Islamic Republic of Iran  removed the “other religions” option from the national ID card application form, a move that appeared to be designed to deny millions of Iranians full citizenship such as Baha’is, Christian converts,Yarsans,there were no big protest or campaign within Iran’s society. why? When considering […]
  • Baloch children in Iran
    The Unbearable Burdens of the Baloch People
    Balochis have faced government discrimination, both as Sunni religious practitioners and as an ethnic minority group, according to several international reports. According to Baloch activists, the Iranian State controls and imposes many restrictions on their religious activities, resulting in refused national identity cards for their children. Many Baloch people are harassed or beaten, and many are forced to leave their homes and find another place to live. Nasser Boladai, spokesperson for the  Balochistan People’s Party, talks with MvoicesIran about the challenges of the two million-strong Baloch minority,  who live in the undeveloped area near the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan. For years, thousands of Baloch children were deprived of their […]
  • The Dervish House of Worship in Beydokht; Sufi Gonabadi dervishes is a persecuted religious minority in Iran
    Freedom of Belief—A Human Right under Pressure in Iran
    International organizations, including the United Nations, have condemned the Islamic Republic several times for violating human rights and the rights of religious minorities. Sanctions on those minority communities have ranged from imprisonment to being banned from university and from losing jobs and property to even being killed. MvoicesIran talks with Said Mahmoudi, Professor Emeritus of International Law at the University of Stockholm to discuss religious and conscious rights in international law, violation of those rights in Iran, and the capacity of international organizations to curb such actions by States. The rights to freedom of thought, religion, and conscience, which include the freedom to change religions or beliefs and to worship […]
  • The Birth of a Minority: Iranian Christians
    Fred Petrossian The fate of Iran’s Christians, as the Islamic Republic turns 40 years old, could perhaps be viewed through the lens of Forrest Gump’s famous quote: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” The Christian community of just a few thousand Muslim converts in 1979, after four decades of state-run repression, has grown to several hundred thousand, or even one million according to some sources. Churches have been closed down, the Bible in Persian banned, Christian leaders murdered, and hundreds of women and men sent to jail and forced into exile. This has been part of the Islamic Republic’s policy over the […]


  • Your Voice: The day that  Baha’i Nurses Were Fired
    The Iranian citizens in “Your Voice” talk about the discrimination against religious minorities that they have witnessed. They provide short stories about the suffering of millions, who have become “simple incidents” in Iran. Alireza, a resident of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, said (video is in Persian) in 1983 that he was an accountant at a hospital when, one day, he was surprised to see a veteran nurse come to his office to settle accounts after her resignation. In the following days, other experienced nurses resigned one by one. Alireza’s patience ran out, and he asked one of the nurses why she was resigning. The nurse cried and said: “You do not […]


  • Yārsān of Iran, Socio-Political Changes and Migration
    The Yarsan faith, also known as Ahl-e Haqq (People of the Truth) is estimated to have about two  million followers in Iran, most of whom live in the western, predominantly Kurdish provinces and especially in Kermanshah. This religion also has some followers in Turkey and Iraq. This religious minority is not recognized by the Iranian Constitution, and the members of this community have faced continuous discrimination and persecution in the country to such an extent that many have been forced to deny their faith in public. The members of traditional Yarsan communities are becoming more visible in the Western countries, such as Sweden, both as diaspora groups and in academia. […]

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