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: 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

For 30th time, UN General Assembly censures Iran for persecution of Baha’is

December 21, 2017 A resolution on Tuesday passed by the United Nations General Assembly condemned Iran’s human rights failures. (photo accessed via Wikimedia Commons) BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE UNITED NATIONS — On Tuesday 19 December 2017, the United Nations General Assembly called on Iran to end ongoing violations of human rights, including its persecution of … Read More

Third member of Yaran completes 10 year sentence

December 5, 2017 Behrooz Tavakkoli, 66, recently completed an unjust 10-year prison sentence. BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE BIC NEW YORK — Behrooz Tavakkoli, one of the seven members of the former leadership group of the Baha’is in Iran who were imprisoned due to religious beliefs, has completed his unjust 10-year prison sentence. Mr. Tavakkoli is … Read More

UN condemns Iran’s human rights violations for 30th time

BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE Vote tally board UN Third Committee on human rights in Iran. United Nations—14 November 2017—A committee of the United Nations General Assembly today condemned Iran for its continuing violations of human rights, the 30th such resolution since 1985. By a vote of 83 to 30 with 68 abstentions, the Third Committee … Read More

Law conference highlights atrocities against religious minorities

November 6, 2017 Participants at the ASCL conference from 26–28 October in Washington, D.C. BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON D.C. — Why does it take unimaginable atrocities against religious minorities for the world to respond? “The question requires us to look at the way we deal with oppression today,” stated Diane Ala’i, representative of the … Read More

Second member of Yaran released

Fariba Kamalabadi leaving the prison where she was unjustly held for ten years. She is greeted by members of her family. October 31, 2017 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE BIC NEW YORK — Fariba Kamalabadi, a member of the former leadership group of the Baha’is in Iran recently concluded her unjust, ten-year prison sentence. She is … Read More

Second of Seven Iranian Baha’i Leaders Released from Prison

October 31, 2017 Contact: James Samimi Farr Phone: (202) 833-8990, Email: WASHINGTON —On October 31, 2017, Baha’i prisoner of conscience Fariba Kamalabadi was released from Evin prison in Tehran, Iran. Mrs. Kamalabadi was held in prison for nearly a decade. Mrs. Kamalabadi, 55, is one of seven Baha’i leaders who were arrested in 2008 … Read More