Congressional Critics Blast Iran on Human Rights

September 20, 2006 Voice of America reported the U.S. House of Representatives debate on three resolutions dealing with political and human rights issues in Iran.   One of these condemned the Iranian government’s treatment of the Baha’i community in that country. You can read more about it here.

U.S. House of Representatives passes Resolution on Baha’is in Iran

September 19, 2006 The U.S. House of Representatives has passed Concurrent Resolution 415 declaring that “the religious persecution by the Government of Iran of the Baha’i community and holds the Government of Iran responsible for upholding the rights of all Iranian nationals, including members of the Baha’i Faith” You can access the full text of … Read More

2006 U.S. State Department International Religious Freedom Report

September 15, 2006 The U.S. Department of State released it’s International Religious Freedom Report today. The section on Iran had several references to the difficulties experienced by the Baha’i community in Iran. You can access the Iran section of the report here.

Q&A: Iran’s Waning Human Rights

August 10, 2006 The New York Times published a piece by Lionel Beehner, staff writer for the Council on Foreign Relations, about human rights in Iran. The section about the persecution of religious or ethnic minorities makes reference to the the Baha’is:

Persecution of the Baha’is in Iran discussed on “State of Belief” radio show

July 17, 2006 Kit Bigelow, director of external affairs for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the U.S. was a guest on the Interfaith Alliance’s “State of Belief” radio show. Ms. Bigelow commented on the current persecution of the Baha’is in Iran. You can read more about the program here.

Testimony before the Congressional Hearing

June 30, 2006 The situation of the Baha’is in Iran and Egypt was presented in a testimony before the Congressional Hearing on June 30, 2006: “Can Religious Pluralism Survive in the Middle East: The Plight of the Minorities”.

Two major human rights groups decry Iran’s persecution of Baha’is

June 28, 2006 The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) recently expressed concern about the Islamic Republic of Iran’s latest confidential action against its 300,000-member Baha’i community.

US Congress Focuses on Religious Freedom

June 20, 2006 Voice of America posted the following story about a conference on Capitol Hill on protecting religious freedom around the world. U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, a Republican from Pennsylvania, hosted the conference . The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, in his remarks cited the Iranian government’s repression of its Bahai … Read More

Extremist Image Masks Iranians’ Many Faiths: Some Religious Minorities See Increase in Harassment

June 18, 2006 The Washington Post just published the following article that includes information about the problems faced by Baha’is in Iran. You can read the article here.

Iran’s Bahai Religious Minority Says It Faces Raids and Arrests

June 1, 2006 The New York Times published the following article by Laurie Goodstein about the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran You can find it here