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

Europeans voice concern about the economic oppression of Iranian Baha’is

November 17, 2015 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE Klaus Buchner, Member of the European Parliament (Photo by European Parliament) BRUSSELS — Prominent Europeans, including members of parliament, are calling on Iran to end its economic repression of Baha’is. Among the most prominent of such expressions was one that came from the European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom … Read More

Award-winning film explores power of religion

October 20, 2015 The Gardener, an award-winning film by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, was made available to the general public this week. (source: BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE Internationally renowned Iranian director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, has made available to the general public his award-winning film, The Gardener. Filmed in the Baha’i gardens on the slopes of Mount Carmel … Read More

Documentary shows trial of executed Baha’is

October 21, 2015 Previously unseen footage of the 1981 trial of members of the governing body of the Baha’i community in Iran—executed by a firing squad shortly after their court proceedings—has been broadcast for the first time as part of a BBC documentary about Iran’s judicial system. (photo: BBC/screenshot) BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE Previously unseen … Read More