Iran

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#16
4

Communities at risk

Arabs, Azeris, Bahá’ís, Baluchis, Kurds, Turkmen

Summary

Iran ranked 16th in 2019’s Peoples under Threat index and rose four places from 2018’s ranking. Tensions in Iranare on the rise, as worsening economic conditions, official corruption and the continued repression of political and social freedoms have led to numerous anti-government protests, ongoing at the beginning of 2018 and reigniting in July. At least… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2019 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflicts4
Major armed conflict1
Prior genocide / politicide1
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.0
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance9.3
Rise of factionalized elites9.6
Voice and Accountability-1.299
Political Stability-0.930
Rule of Law-0.683
OECD country risk classification6
TOTAL15.09

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

Iran ranked 16th in 2019’s Peoples under Threat index and rose four places from 2018’s ranking.

Tensions in Iranare on the rise, as worsening economic conditions, official corruption and the continued repression of political and social freedoms have led to numerous anti-government protests, ongoing at the beginning of 2018 and reigniting in July. At least 30 people have died and thousands have been arrested by security personnel. While Facebook and Twitter have been banned since they were used to organize demonstrations in 2009, in April 2018 authorities added Telegram to the list as well. Economic and political pressures are growing more acute due to the US reimposing several sanctions on Iran that were previously lifted as a result of the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran continues to repress and discriminate against religious minorities such as Bahá’í and Christians, including converts from Islam who have been imprisoned for ‘missionary work’. Iranian security forces continue to be involved in frequent deadly clashes with Kurdish groups near the Iran-Iraq border, who have intensified their armed struggle for autonomy in the past few years.