Iranian President Rouhani’s speech to UN falls short on human rights

September 25, 2015 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, addressing the United Nations on 28 September 2015 (UN Photo) BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE NEW YORK — The Baha’i International Community expressed its disappointment over Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s failure to address the human rights situation in his country during his speech today at the United Nations. “While … Read More

Baha’i shopkeepers in Iran pressured against observing their religious holy days

June 16, 2015 A banner placed on the front of one of some 79 Baha’i-owned businesses which were closed on the morning of 25 October 2014 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 violation of trading … Read More

European Parliamentarians call for release of Iranian Baha’i prisoners

May 20, 2015 Ana Gomes of Portugal, Member of the European Parliament who, together with four other MEPs, made a statement in support of the seven wrongly imprisoned former Baha’i leaders in Iran. BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE BRUSSELS—Together with many voices from within Iran—including Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer there—and from outside, five … Read More

Global campaign on seventh anniversary of arrest of seven Iranian Baha’i leaders launched

May 14, 2015 Logo for the Baha’i International Community’s campaign to mark the seventh anniversary of the wrongful imprisonment of the seven former Baha’i leaders in Iran BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE NEW YORK — The Baha’i International Community has today launched a campaign to mark the seventh anniversary of the wrongful arrest and imprisonment of … Read More

Four released while eight remain in prison

May 4, 2015 Noushin Khadem—one of the four Baha’is involved with the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education—was released from prison after completing an unjust four-year sentence. BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE NEW YORK — Four Baha’is involved with the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), who had been unjustly imprisoned in Iran four years ago, have … Read More

UN Special Rapporteur commends documentary on denial of education for Baha’is in Iran

March 22, 2015 A panel discussion after the screening of “To Light a Candle” at the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. From right to left: Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran; Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker and director of “To Light a Candle”; Diane … Read More

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