Baha’i murdered in Iran—victim of religious hatred

October 26, 2016 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. “He was known among his neighbors for his kindness, gentleness, wisdom, and humility,” said Ms. Bani Dugal, Principal Representative of the Baha’i International Community to the … Read More

Congressional Briefing on Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Conflict

September 22, 2016: 10:00am; Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216 On September 22, the Washington Working Group on the International Criminal Court (WICC) will partner with the Senate Human Rights Caucus to host a congressional briefing entitled, “Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Conflict: Promoting Accountability and the Rule of Law.” The briefing is co-hosted by … Read More

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Resolution 220 Condemning the Persecution of Baha’is in Iran

September 21, 2016 WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives 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.” Introduced by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL-27], on behalf of herself, Congressmen Ted Deutch [D-FL-21], Robert Dold [R-IL-10], Eliot … Read More

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