Houthis accelerate court proceedings against Baha’is in Yemen

December 31, 2018 Contact: James Samimi Farr Phone: (202) 833-8990, Email: USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org WASHINGTON—Over the last few days, the Houthi authorities in Yemen have escalated their persecution against the Baha’i community. Due to pressure exerted by the Houthis on officials in Yemen, an appeals court hearing for Mr. Hamed bin Haydara, a Yemeni Baha’i sentenced to … Read More

Last member of former Iranian Baha’i leadership group ends prison term

December 21, 2018 Contact: James Samimi Farr Phone: (202) 833-8990, Email: USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org WASHINGTON — The last imprisoned member of the Yaran, the former ad-hoc Baha’i leadership group in Iran, was released from prison on December 20 after serving a 10-year sentence for practicing his faith. The Iranian government arrested Afif Naeimi, 56, on May 14, … Read More

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Resolution 274 Condemning the Persecution of Baha’is in Iran

December 12, 2018 Contact: James Samimi Farr Phone: (202) 833-8990, Email: USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org WASHINGTON — On December 12, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed Resolution 274, “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], on … Read More

Iran’s silent plan to destroy the Baha’i community

September 26, 2018 Contact: James Samimi Farr Phone: (202) 833-8990, Email: USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org WASHINGTON—The Iranian government is actively employing systematic measures in an effort to eradicate the Baha’i community—the largest non-Muslim religious minority in Iran—as a viable entity, the Baha’i International Community has warned on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Around 60 Baha’is … Read More

Youngest member of Yaran completes ten year imprisonment

March 20, 20418 Vahid Tizfam and his wife, Furuzandeh Nikumanesh, reunited after his 10 year imprisonment BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE BIC NEW YORK — Vahid Tizfahm completed his 10-year sentence yesterday. At 44, he is the youngest of the seven former Baha’i leaders in Iran who were unjustly imprisoned for their religious beliefs in 2008. … Read More

Oldest member of Yaran completes decade-long imprisonment

March 17, 2018 Jamaloddin Khanjani, 2nd from left, with three other former members of the Yaran who have completed their unjust sentences—Saeid Rezaie (center), Fariba Kamalabadi (3rd from right), and Mahvash Sabet (2nd from right) BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE BIC NEW YORK — After a decade of unjust imprisonment and harsh treatment in Iranian prisons, … Read More

Champion of justice Asma Jahangir leaves legacy of courage

Asma Jahangir was highly regarded for her longstanding dedication to human rights during her life. She passed away at age 66 on Sunday. February 12, 2018 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE BIC GENEVA — The Baha’i International Community has expressed its condolences for the passing of Asma Jahangir, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of … Read More

Leading lawyers take Iran to task

The Archives of Baha’i Persecution in Iran website was launched on 18 January 2018. The website compiles thousands of official documents, reports, testimonials, and audio-visual materials revealing irrefutable proof of relentless persecution. It was created in response to rising interest within and outside Iran to understand the depth and breadth of the persecution of Iran’s … Read More

Outcry over appalling death sentence of Yemeni Baha’i

Image of the Old City of Sana’a. Sana’a is the largest city in Yemen. Photo credit: Rod Waddington January 9, 2018 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE SANA’A, Yemen — Over 100 known activists, lawyers, and leaders of thought have raised their voices over the past week in protest of the ordered death sentence of Yemeni Baha’i … Read More

Following Recent Arrests, U.S. Senate Condemns Persecution of Baha’is in Iran

December 22, 2017 Contact: James Samimi Farr Phone: (202) 833-8990, Email: USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org WASHINGTON — Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 139, condemning the Iranian government’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority as well as its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights. The resolution garnered strong bipartisan support, with a … Read More