Iran’s UPR response offers bleak outlook for Baha’is and human rights

March 19, 2015 The UN Human Right Council, where Iran’s Universal Periodic Review outcome session took place. (UN Photo) BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE GENEVA — Iran’s limited and conditional acceptance of just two out of ten recommendations made by other governments about its ongoing persecution of Baha’is today suggests there will be no significant change … Read More

Top UN officials say human rights violations in Iran continue unabated

March 13, 2015 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE Ahmed Shaheed (left), the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right). UN Photos/Jean-Marc Ferre and Marco Castro. GENEVA — Members of minority groups, including Baha’is, continue to face persecution and discrimination in Iran, despite promises by the government to the contrary, according … Read More

Special Event on Human Rights in Iran

March 12, 2015; 5:30pm; Capitol Visitor Center, Congressional Meeting Room South On March 12, the Office of Public Affairs of the Baha’is of the United States will host a special event on Capitol Hill focused on the situation of human rights in Iran. The event will include a showing of the new documentary film, To … Read More

Persian TV Program highlights intensifying persecution against Baha’is in Iran

March 10, 2015 Yesterday, the “Ofogh” program on Voice of America’s Persian language service broadcast a live TV interview about the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran, featuring Mehdi Khalaji, a senior fellow at The Washington Institute, Saman Mobasher, an instructor with the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) in Iran, and Nazila Ghanea, an … Read More

Los Angeles marks Education is Not a Crime Day

March 3, 2015 Actor Rainn Wilson converses with journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari at the Education is Not a Crime – Live 2015 event in Los Angeles on 27 February 2015. BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE LOS ANGELES — Over 1100 people gathered at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, 27 February to … Read More

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell sends letters to Education Is Not a Crime campaign events in Washington state

This week, four screenings of the acclaimed new documentary film, To Light a Candle, are being held in the Seattle area as part of the Education is Not a Crime Campaign. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington state has written letters to the local Baha’i community regarding these events, expressing support for the persecuted Baha’i … Read More

Baha’is to testify on Human Rights in Iran at Congressional Hearing

February 25, 2015 WASHINGTON — Anthony Vance, the Director of Public Affairs of the Baha’is of the United States, will testify at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, entitled “The Shame of Iranian Human Rights,” which will take place at 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 26 in room 2172 … Read More

“Education is Not a Crime” gains momentum

February 8, 2015 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE The website for the Education is Not a Crime campaign contains statements of support from prominent Iranians and human rights activists, as well as videos uploaded by individuals from around the world. LOS ANGELES — Education is Not a Crime, a worldwide campaign drawing attention to the constructive … Read More

Archbishop Tutu condemns denial of education to Baha’is of Iran

February 1 2015 The Archbishop Desmond Tutu BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE CAPE TOWN — In a statement published on 30 January, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African social rights activist and Nobel Peace Laureate added his voice to the chorus of condemnation of the denial of the right of Baha’is to higher education by the … Read More

Leading Scholarly Association Speaks Out in Support of Imprisoned Baha’i Educators in Iran

January 7, 2015 The Committee on International Freedom of Scientists of the American Physical Society, the largest organization of physicists in the United States with over 50,000 members worldwide, has written a letter to the head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, regarding the denial of education to members of the Baha’i Faith in Iran. … Read More