Two months in the morgue: One facet of campaign to make Iranian Baha’is invisible

December 29, 2014 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE GENEVA — The body of a Baha’i has been held in the morgue for nearly two months in the large, southern Iranian city of Ahvaz because local officials have refused to allow the man’s burial. Shamel Bina passed away on 28 October but remains unburied, despite numerous appeals … Read More

UN resolution voices global concern over human rights violations in Iran

December 18, 2014 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE A recent resolution of the UN General Assembly expressed concerns over human rights violations in Iran by a vote of 83 to 35 with 68 abstentions. UNITED NATIONS — Today the UN General Assembly strongly expressed its concerns over ongoing human rights violations in Iran. “Unfortunately, as today’s … Read More

Hateful propaganda sparks concern for Baha’is of Rafsanjan

December 16, 2014 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE Bani Dugal, principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations. NEW YORK — Against the backdrop of increasing economic pressures, a recent anti-Baha’i demonstration and a hateful speech delivered by a cleric have raised concerns for the safety of the Baha’is of Rafsanjan, a city … Read More

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Resolution 754 Condemning the Government of Iran for its gross human rights violations

November 20, 2014 WASHINGTON — Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning the government of Iran for its gross human rights violations and its continued violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenants on Human Rights. House Resolution 754 details wide-ranging human rights abuses in Iran, including restrictions … Read More

UN sends strong signal to Iran on human rights

November 19, 2014 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE UNITED NATIONS — The UN Third Committee today sent a strong signal to Iran, exhorting its government to live up to its international human rights obligations. By a vote of 78 to 35, with 69 abstentions, the General Assembly’s Third Committee approved a resolution expressing “deep concern at … Read More

International writers plea for release of imprisoned Iranian Baha’i leader

A photograph of Mahvash Sabet, a teacher, educator, and one of the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders in Iran who have been imprisoned since 2008. November 11, 2014 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE LONDON — As part of a global campaign to defend persecuted writers, PEN International has called for the release of Mahvash Sabet, one of … Read More

Iran fails to address calls for greater religious freedom

October 31, 2014 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE GENEVA — Iran’s response during a major review of its human rights record today failed to adequately address repeated calls by other governments here for greater respect for religious freedom and an end to discrimination against religious minorities, including Baha’is. “Sadly, what we saw at today’s Human Rights … Read More

Widespread attack launched in Iran against Baha’i businesses

October 31, 2014 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE A banner placed on the front of one of some 79 Baha’i-owned businesses which were closed on the morning of 25 October in a systematic state-sponsored attack on the Baha’i community in one of the regions of Iran. It reads: “This commercial unit has been sealed owing to … Read More

At U.N., President Rouhani ignores human rights and Baha’i persecution

September 25, 2014 WASHINGTON —At a speech before the U.N. General Assembly this morning, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani failed to address Iran’s abysmal human rights record. Elected last year on a platform promising improvements for all Iranians, including minorities, he chose instead to devote his entire speech to ISIL and the nuclear negotiations that are … Read More

Iran switches tactics to conceal how it prevents Baha’is from entering university

September 25, 2014 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE An undated photograph of Shadan Shirazi, taken from one of the more than two dozen Persian-language websites that told of her exclusion from university after scoring highly on the national entrance examination. TEHRAN — Shadan Shirazi had always been an exemplary student, showing special strength in math and … Read More