Whoever Wins Iran’s Election, Its Religious Minorities Lose

May 11, 2017 WALL STREET JOURNAL By Kristina Arriaga Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a graduation ceremony of a group of the Revolutionary Guard students in Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday. PHOTO: LEADER OFFICIAL WEBSITE HANDOUT/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY What will Iran’s May 19 presidential election mean for the Baha’i, the country’s largest non-Muslim religious … Read More

Global campaign launches for imprisoned Baha’i leaders

May 12, 2017 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE The seven Baha’i leaders imprisoned in Tehran in 2008 are pictured with their spouses prior to their arrests. NEW YORK — The Baha’i International Community is launching a global campaign calling for the immediate release of the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders, unjustly imprisoned now for nine years. The … Read More

Baha’is of Iran website launches

Bahaisofiran.org, the official website for the Baha’i community in Iran, launched earlier today. The site is available on mobile and desktop devices. 15 February 2017 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE Following the wave of national Baha’i websites that have launched in recent years, the site of the Baha’i community of Iran went online earlier today. The … Read More

Suspicious killing of Baha’i in Iran

A Baha’i from Semnan Province in Iran, Ahmad Fanaian, was found dead, having sustained severe burns to his body. BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE NEW YORK — The Baha’i International Community has learned about the killing of a Baha’i in Iran, under suspicious circumstances. A report received on 9 January indicated that Ahmad Fanaian was found … Read More

UN General Assembly rebukes Iran for human rights record

BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE An interior view of the United Nations General Assembly hall, New York City. Photo credit: UN/Sophia Paris NEW YORK — Today the international community firmly denounced a wide range of human rights violations in Iran. By a vote of 85 to 35 with 63 abstentions, the United Nations General Assembly approved … Read More

Iran’s human rights failures condemned by world community

November 16, 2016 An interior view of the United Nations General Assembly hall, New York City. The annual resolution on human rights in Iran was approved yesterday by a vote of 85 to 35 with 63 abstentions by the General Assembly’s Third Committee. Photo credit: UN/Sophia Paris BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE UNITED NATIONS — The … Read More

Forced closure of shops in Iran on an unprecedented scale

Example of seal used by the Iranian authorities to prevent Baha’is from reopening their shops after closing them in observance of a Baha’i Holy day. November 7, 2016 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE Over one hundred Baha’i-owned businesses in cities across Iran, including Sari, Ghaemshahr, and Bandar Abbas, were sealed by Iranian authorities after they were … Read More

Courageous cleric divides painting, promotes unity

Artwork by Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, which he has divided into eight parts corresponding with eight religious groups in the country. He has dedicated parts of the painting to Zoroastrians, Jews, Christians, Mandaeans, Yarsanians, Baha’is, and Sunni and Shia Muslims in the country, all of whom he considers “essential aspects of Iran’s national culture as well … Read More

Baha’i murdered in Iran—victim of religious hatred

October 26, 2016 Farhang Amiri, 63, was murdered outside his home on 26 September 2016 in the city of Yazd, Iran, where he and his family have long resided. “He was known among his neighbors for his kindness, gentleness, wisdom, and humility,” said Ms. Bani Dugal, Principal Representative of the Baha’i International Community to the … Read More

Congressional Briefing on Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Conflict

September 22, 2016: 10:00am; Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216 On September 22, the Washington Working Group on the International Criminal Court (WICC) will partner with the Senate Human Rights Caucus to host a congressional briefing entitled, “Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Conflict: Promoting Accountability and the Rule of Law.” The briefing is co-hosted by … Read More