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

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, 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 1863 that he … 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, 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 detainees in the … Read More