End Repression of Religious Freedom in Iran | Commentary

The following op-ed by Felice Gaer and Marra Guttenplan appeared in Roll Call on June 7, 2013. With the release of a new State Department report on religious freedom around the world, the U.S. government revealed the shocking fact that 116 members of the Baha’i faith are unjustly imprisoned in Iran solely for their beliefs. … Read More

Five years of injustice: The plight of seven Baha’i leaders in Iran

The following op-ed by Firuz Kazemzadeh appeared in The Washington Post on June 05, 2013. “I’ve never seen my mother so heartbroken as when she returned from her visit to Evin prison to see my sister, Fariba,” Iraj Kamalabadi recounts of his mother’s visit with his sister, Fariba Kamalabadi, in Iran. It had been four … Read More

Silenced in Iran: The Plight of Bahai Prisoners of Conscience

The following op-ed by Roxana Saberi appeared in The Daily Beast on June 04, 2013. While I enjoy the start of my fifth year of freedom, two of my former cellmates have just finished their fifth year in Iran’s prisons. Mahvash Sabet and Fariba Kamalabadi, along with five jailed male colleagues, form the Yaran, a … Read More

Zackery M. Heern: Iran’s human rights crisis and the Baha’i faith

The following op-ed by Zackery Heern appeared in Your Middle East on May 31, 2013. As Iran gears up for next month’s presidential election, its largest religious minority, the Baha’i Faith, continues to face persecution. Last week marked the five-year anniversary of the incarceration of the seven Baha’i leaders in Iran known as the Yaran … Read More

Seven Behind Bars: The Latest Chapter in Iran’s Rampant Persecution of Baha’is

The following op-ed by Rachel Wolfe appeared in iranian.com on May 23, 2013. Iran has been on the United States’ radar for a long time for its ongoing and controversial nuclear program. Something that has been dramatically overlooked, however, is its state of religious freedom. Iran routinely and systematically makes it difficult for religious minorities … Read More

Why Do Baha’i Babies Go to Prison in Iran?

The following op-ed by Abdu’l-Missagh Ghadirian appeared in Common Ground, The Blog on May 20, 2013. Barmaan was only one month old when his mother began serving a 23 month term, in July 2012, in the overcrowded and oppressive women’s prison of Semnan, a city in northern Iran. The crime of this young mother and … Read More

Five Years Too Many — The Renewed Assault on Baha’i Leaders in Iran

The following op-ed by Anthony Vance appeared in The Huffington Post on May 17, 2013. “If you want to pick the right spouse, this is really good,” said Farzam Kamalabadi, as he pointed to a list of character and spiritual traits I had shown him in my notebook. He and I would discuss a wide … Read More

Another Nowruz Behind Prison Walls

The following op-ed by Jack Gordon appeared in The Huffington Post on March 21, 2013. Three-year-old Artin Rahimian stands in line to visit his mother in Iran’s Evin prison. It’s been two years since Faran Hessami and her husband, Kamran Rahimian, were arrested for their role as educators for the Baha’i faith community, Iran’s largest … Read More

Testimony at Congress Raises Awareness on the Persecution of Baha’is in Iran

The following op-ed by Reza Akhlaghi appeared in Foreign Policy Blogs on March 20, 2013. On Friday, March 15 Kenneth E. Bowers, Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States, testified at a hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC). The hearing featured testimony on the current state … Read More

Freedom languishes for Baha’is in Iran

The following op-ed by Winston Nagan appeared in The Washington Post on February 25, 2013. Imagine living in Semnan, Iran, a town about 120 miles east of Tehran, where religious minorities have been particularly harassed by the government. There, more than a dozen businesses owned by members of your faith community have been shut down … Read More