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: www.makhmalbaf.com) 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

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