2007 U.S. Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

March 12, 2008 The U.S. Department of State released, on March 11, 2008, its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2007. The section on Iran has several references to the difficulties experienced by the Baha’i community in Iran.

House resolution introduced condemning the persecution of Baha’is in Iran

March 4, 2008 On February 28, 2008, U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (IL – 10th district) introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives condemning the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran. H. RES. 1008 is the tenth congressional resolution since 1982 on the Baha’is in Iran.

Hearing on Human Rights and Religious Freedom in Iran

February 28, 2008 The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom held a public hearing on February 21, 2008, entitled “Advancing Religious Freedom and Related Human Rights in Iran: Strategies for an Effective U.S. Policy”.

Draft Iranian law threatens gross human rights violations

NEW YORK 22 February 2008 (BWNS) The Iranian Parliament is considering legislation that would institutionalize a series of gross human rights violations, affecting not only Baha’is but many others, even outside of Iran, the Baha’i International Community said today.

Dire Situation for Iran’s Baha’is

February 11, 2008 The Middle East Times published today an article about the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran.

The Presidency of the EU speaks out in support of Baha’is in Iran

February 11, 2008 On February 7, 2008, the Presidency of the European Union issued a declaration on the deteriorating situation of the Baha’is in Iran.

Iranian Baha’is sentenced to prison were helping underprivileged youth

GENEVA February 6, 2008 (BWNS) Accusations by the Iranian government that 54 Baha’is were engaged in anti-regime “propaganda” when they were arrested almost two years ago are patently false, the Baha’i International Community reported today.

Human Rights Watch World Report 2008

February 4, 2008 Human Rights Watch (HRW) specifically mentioned the situation of the Baha’is in Iran and in Egypt in its recently published World Report 2008. The report deals with human rights concerns in countries throughout the world.

New tactic obstructs Baha’i enrollments in Iranian universities

January 31, 2008 A Baha’i World News Service article provides further developments of the Iranian government’s campaign to deny Baha’i students access to higher education. Almost 800 of the more than 1,000 Baha’is who sat for and properly completed the entrance exam in June 2007 have received word that their files are “incomplete” — thus … Read More

Iran sentences Baha’is for teaching children

January 29, 2008 The Agence France-Presse reported today that Iran’s judiciary has announced sentences for 54 members of the Baha’i Faith who were arrested in May 2006 in Shiraz while taking part in a project to educate underprivileged children. According to AFP, judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi told reporters that, “three Bahais have been sentenced … Read More