Inflammatory speech by the Houthi leader targets Baha’is in Yemen with genocidal intent

April 19, 2018 Contact: James Samimi Farr Phone: (202) 833-8990, Email: USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org SANA’A, YEMEN—On March 23rd, Mr. Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, the leader of the Houthis in Yemen, gave a televised speech that vehemently vilified and denounced the Baha’i Faith, further intensifying the ongoing persecution of the Baha’is in that country. Within days, over 20 publications in … Read More

Oldest and youngest members of Baha’i leadership group complete 10-year prison sentence

March 20, 2018 Contact: James Samimi Farr Phone: (202) 833-8990, Email: USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org WASHINGTON —After a decade of unjust imprisonment in Iran, Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani, 85, and Mr. Vahid Tizfahm, 44, were released on Friday and Monday, respectively. Both were members of the former leadership group of the Baha’is in Iran known as the Yaran, who … Read More

Archives chronicle decades of Baha’i persecution in Iran

January 19, 2018 Contact: James Samimi Farr Phone: (202) 833-8990, Email: USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org WASHINGTON — In response to growing interest in the persecution of the Baha’is of Iran, a website was launched yesterday by the Baha’i International Community, revealing documentary evidence of years of relentless oppression. The website, entitled Archives of Baha’i Persecution in Iran (iranbahaipersecution.bic.org), … Read More

Following Recent Arrests, U.S. Senate Condemns Persecution of Baha’is in Iran

December 22, 2017 Contact: James Samimi Farr Phone: (202) 833-8990, Email: USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org WASHINGTON — Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 139, condemning the Iranian government’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority as well as its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights. The resolution garnered strong bipartisan support, with a … Read More

Second of Seven Iranian Baha’i Leaders Released from Prison

October 31, 2017 Contact: James Samimi Farr Phone: (202) 833-8990, Email: USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org WASHINGTON —On October 31, 2017, Baha’i prisoner of conscience Fariba Kamalabadi was released from Evin prison in Tehran, Iran. Mrs. Kamalabadi was held in prison for nearly a decade. Mrs. Kamalabadi, 55, is one of seven Baha’i leaders who were arrested in 2008 … Read More

Gunfire and Arrests Taint Baha’i Holy Celebrations in Yemen

October 25, 2017 Contact: James Samimi Farr Office: (202) 833-8990, Email: USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org WASHINGTON — This weekend and the days that followed have marked a period of supreme sacredness and festivity for members of the Baha’i Faith. The bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the faith’s founder, occurred on October 22, with commemorations occurring across America … Read More

Baha’is of America mark the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith

October 10, 2017 Contact: James Samimi Farr Office: (202) 833-8990, Cell: (747) 255-8427, Email: USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — Across America, members of the Baha’i Faith are preparing to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of their faith on October 22, 2017. Baha’u’llah (1817-1892) was a spiritual teacher who announced in … Read More

Unprecedented UN resolution demands end to harassment of Baha’is in Yemen

October 5, 2017 Contact: James Samimi Farr Office: (202) 833-8990, Cell: (747) 255-8427, Email: USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org GENEVA – A United Nations (UN) resolution regarding the situation in Yemen, introduced by Egypt on behalf of the Arab Group and supported by the entire membership of the UN Human Rights Council, called for the release of all Baha’i … Read More

Mahvash Sabet Concludes 10-Year Prison Sentence

September 18, 2017 Contact: James Samimi Farr Office: (202) 833-8990, Cell: (747) 255-8427, Email: USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org WASHINGTON, D.C.— Mahvash Sabet, one of the seven members of the former leadership group of the Baha’is in Iran who were imprisoned due to religious beliefs, has been released after completing her unjust 10-year prison sentence. Mrs. Sabet, 64, was … Read More

Arrests and Detention of Baha’is in Yemen Increase

May 30, 2017 WASHINGTON — In the latest in a series of actions targeting the Baha’i community of Yemen, Wael al-Arieghie was arrested in the crowded streets of Sana’a on May 23, and Badiullah Sana’i was arrested on May 24. Both are currently being detained, meaning there are now seven Baha’is being detained in the … Read More