Gunfire and Arrests Taint Baha’i Holy Celebrations in Yemen

October 25, 2017 Contact: James Samimi Farr Office: (202) 833-8990, Email: WASHINGTON — This weekend and the days that followed have marked a period of supreme sacredness and festivity for members of the Baha’i Faith. The bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the faith’s founder, occurred on October 22, with commemorations occurring across America … Read More

Attacks in Yemen and Iran coincide with bicentenary period

October 23, 2017 Akram Ayyash (left) and Walid Ayyash (right). Akram Ayyash was arrested yesterday in Sana’a. Walid Ayyash was abducted in April 2017. BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE BIC NEW YORK — Yemeni security forces raided a Baha’i gathering in Sana’a yesterday, opening fire on the small group of people assembled to commemorate the bicentenary … Read More

Baha’is of America mark the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith

October 10, 2017 Contact: James Samimi Farr Office: (202) 833-8990, Cell: (747) 255-8427, Email: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Across America, members of the Baha’i Faith are preparing to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of their faith on October 22, 2017. Baha’u’llah (1817-1892) was a spiritual teacher who announced in … Read More

Unprecedented UN resolution demands end to harassment of Baha’is in Yemen

October 5, 2017 Contact: James Samimi Farr Office: (202) 833-8990, Cell: (747) 255-8427, Email: GENEVA – A United Nations (UN) resolution regarding the situation in Yemen, introduced by Egypt on behalf of the Arab Group and supported by the entire membership of the UN Human Rights Council, called for the release of all Baha’i … Read More

Mahvash Sabet Concludes 10-Year Prison Sentence

September 18, 2017 Contact: James Samimi Farr Office: (202) 833-8990, Cell: (747) 255-8427, Email: WASHINGTON, D.C.— Mahvash Sabet, one of the seven members of the former leadership group of the Baha’is in Iran who were imprisoned due to religious beliefs, has been released after completing her unjust 10-year prison sentence. Mrs. Sabet, 64, was … Read More

Religious discrimination explicit in Iran’s penal code

July 25, 2017 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. BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE BIC NEW YORK — A court in Yazd has recently sentenced a man convicted of the public murder of a Baha’i to … Read More

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, 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