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

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