BIC calls on President Rouhani to end systematic economic oppression

BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE September 6, 2016 Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani (left); Principal Representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations, Bani Dugal (right). NEW YORK — The Baha’i International Community has called on Iran’s President, Dr Hassan Rouhani, to end the severe economic oppression imposed on the Baha’is in that country. The … Read More

More voices from Islamic countries call for Iran to stop persecuting Baha’is

17 July 2016 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE A letter signed by a dozen law professionals in Bangladesh calling for an end to the persecution of Baha’is in Iran. DHAKA, Bangladesh — A group of Bangladeshi lawyers have joined the increasing numbers of Muslim intellectuals, religious leaders, and professionals worldwide who have called for an end … Read More

Reaction to meeting with a Baha’i exposes the truth

19 May 2016 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE Bani Dugal, principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations NEW YORK — A storm of furious denunciation, in reaction to a simple meeting between two friends in a private home, has dramatically exposed the duplicity of the Iranian authorities who have repeatedly claimed that … Read More

Global campaign on anniversary of arrest of Iranian Baha’i leaders

Logo for the Baha’i International Community’s campaign to mark the eighth anniversary of the arrest and incarceration of the seven former Baha’i leaders in Iran 14 May 2016

In another brave gesture, senior cleric calls for justice

December 21, 2015 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE Ayatollah Tehrani’s gift was presented to the families of three of the twenty Baha’is who, on 15 November, were unjustly arrested in Iran for their beliefs: Navid Aghdasi, Yavar Haghighat and Shahram Najaf Tomraei Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, a senior Muslim cleric in Iran, has courageously called on his … Read More

Ongoing human rights violations in Iran spotlighted in UN vote

December 18, 2015 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE Screen shot of UN vote UNITED NATIONS — Last month, 20 Baha’is were arrested by the Iranian authorities, which also carried out a series of coordinated shop closures, affecting some 28 Baha’i-owned businesses. Today the UN expressed “serious concern” about such religious discrimination in Iran, along with other … Read More

U.S. Senate Passes Resolution 148 Condemning the Persecution of the Baha’i Community in Iran

December 18, 2015 WASHINGTON — Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution “condemning the government of Iran’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.” Senate Resolution 148 gained strong bipartisan backing, with a total of 39 Senators in support, including the original sponsor … Read More

Persian TV Program Highlights Economic Crackdown on Baha’is in Iran

November 20, 2015 Yesterday, the Voice of America (VOA) Persian program “Ofogh” broadcast a live interview about the Iranian government’s economic crackdown on the Baha’i community in the country. The show featured Siavosh Khanjani, Babak Sabetian, and Farhad Sedghi, all of whom are Baha’is whose relatives’ businesses in Iran have been targeted by Iranian authorities. … Read More

UN condemns Iran for continuing human rights violations

November 20, 2015 An interior view of the United Nations General Assembly hall, New York City. UN Photo/Sophia Paris BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE UNITED NATIONS — The UN expressed “serious concern” yesterday over Iran’s continuing human rights violations, affirming that increased engagement with the international community on some fronts does not mean that Iran is … Read More

Baha’is face new wave of arrests in Iran

November 19, 2015 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE The Baha’i community in Iran is facing yet another wave of arrests and shop closures. In a coordinated attack on the community by Iranian authorities on Sunday 15 November, fifteen Baha’is were arrested in three cities after their homes were raided and searched. The arrests occurred in the … Read More