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

Amnesty International, US State Department call for release of Baha’i prisoners in Iran

January 29, 2008 January 29, 2008 – 1:28pmGENEVA, 29 January 2008 (BWNS)–In the wake of a U.S. State Department call for Iran to release Baha’i prisoners, Amnesty International has issued an “urgent action” appeal on their behalf. The three prisoners were taken into custody in Shiraz, Iran, last November and are serving a four-year sentence … Read More

State Department calls for the release of three young Bahá’ís

January 24, 2008 Sean McCormack, U.S. State Department spokesman, issued a statement yesterday expressing deep concern for the tragic death of an Iranian Kurdish student detained by the Ministry of Intelligence. The statement also called for the Iranian regime to release all individuals held without due process and a fair trial, including three young Bahá’ís.

U.N. General Assembly expresses “deep concern” about human rights in Iran

December 19, 2007 The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution expressing “deep concern” about “ongoing systematic violations of human rights” in Iran. This is the 20th resolution that the General Assembly has passed on this issue, which was adopted by a final vote of 73 to 53, with 55 abstentions.

President of Harvard University sends letter to Iranian UN official

December 10, 2007 President Faust of Harvard University has sent a letter to the Permanent Representative of Iran at the United Nations expressing her concern regarding the systematic denial of access to higher education to members of the Bahá’í community in Iran.

Rights group slams Iran crackdown on activists

November 26, 2007 The Center for the Defenders of Human Rights led by Shirin Ebadi, Nobel winner, issued a report about the Iranian government’s crackdown on students activists. The group also expressed concern about the Baha’i community in Iran.

From Iran to Utah, the passion for study burns

November 21, 2007 The Daily Utah Chronicle published an article, “From Iran to Utah: The Passion for Study Burns”, about the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran, and the denial of education to Baha’i students. They interviewed an Iranian Baha’i student who is now a sophomore at the University of Utah.