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

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Resolution 220 Condemning the Persecution of Baha’is in Iran

September 21, 2016 WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution “Condemning the Government of Iran’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.” Introduced by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL-27], on behalf of herself, Congressmen Ted Deutch [D-FL-21], Robert Dold [R-IL-10], Eliot … Read More

BIC calls on President Rouhani to end systematic economic oppression

BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE September 6, 2016 Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani (left); Principal Representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations, Bani Dugal (right). NEW YORK — The Baha’i International Community has called on Iran’s President, Dr Hassan Rouhani, to end the severe economic oppression imposed on the Baha’is in that country. The … Read More

More voices from Islamic countries call for Iran to stop persecuting Baha’is

17 July 2016 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE A letter signed by a dozen law professionals in Bangladesh calling for an end to the persecution of Baha’is in Iran. DHAKA, Bangladesh — A group of Bangladeshi lawyers have joined the increasing numbers of Muslim intellectuals, religious leaders, and professionals worldwide who have called for an end … Read More