U.S. Senate Passes Resolution 148 Condemning the Persecution of the Baha’i Community in Iran

December 18, 2015 WASHINGTON — Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution “condemning the government of Iran’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.” Senate Resolution 148 gained strong bipartisan backing, with a total of 39 Senators in support, including the original sponsor … Read More

Panel discussion and showing of film on human rights in Iran

March 11, 2015 WASHINGTON — On Thursday, March 12, the Baha’is of the United States will hold a special event on Capitol Hill focusing on the situation of human rights in Iran. The event will take place in the Capitol Visitor Center’s South Congressional Meeting Room at 5:30 pm. The event will begin with a … Read More

Baha’is to testify on Human Rights in Iran at Congressional Hearing

February 25, 2015 WASHINGTON — Anthony Vance, the Director of Public Affairs of the Baha’is of the United States, will testify at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, entitled “The Shame of Iranian Human Rights,” which will take place at 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 26 in room 2172 … Read More

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Resolution 754 Condemning the Government of Iran for its gross human rights violations

November 20, 2014 WASHINGTON — Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning the government of Iran for its gross human rights violations and its continued violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenants on Human Rights. House Resolution 754 details wide-ranging human rights abuses in Iran, including restrictions … Read More

At U.N., President Rouhani ignores human rights and Baha’i persecution

September 25, 2014 WASHINGTON —At a speech before the U.N. General Assembly this morning, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani failed to address Iran’s abysmal human rights record. Elected last year on a platform promising improvements for all Iranians, including minorities, he chose instead to devote his entire speech to ISIL and the nuclear negotiations that are … Read More

Revolutionary Guard resumes destruction of Baha’i cemetery in Iran

August 26, 2014 WASHINGTON — Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has resumed its destruction of a Baha’i cemetery in the city of Shiraz, while a bill passed by Congress and signed into law by the President earlier this month – known as the “Protect Cemeteries Act” – makes this type of cemetery desecration a sanctionable religious freedom … Read More

Baha’is to testify on Human Rights in Iran at Congressional Hearing

June 19, 2014 WASHINGTON — Cler Baheri, a member of the Baha’i community, will testify at a hearing on Iran’s human rights record in the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs (HFAC) Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 19, at 2172 Rayburn House Office Building, in … Read More

Members of Congress Send Open Letter to the President regarding Human Rights in Iran

May 22, 2014 WASHINGTON — Today an open letter led by Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9) and Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-2), and signed by a bipartisan group of 23 Senators and 15 Representatives was sent to the President of the United States. The letter highlights the deterioration of … Read More

Baha’is to testify on Religious Freedom at Congressional Hearing

May 22, 2014 WASHINGTON — To spotlight the deteriorating situation of the Iranian Baha’i community, Mr. Kenneth E. Bowers, Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States, will testify at a hearing on religious freedom in the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs (HFAC) Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, … Read More

Faith Groups Condemn Imprisonment of Baha’i Leaders in Iran

May 15, 2014 WASHINGTON — On May 13, to mark the sixth anniversary of the imprisonment of seven Baha’i leaders in Iran, 13 organizations sent an open letter to Secretary of State John Kerry condemning the detention of these individuals and the religious persecution of the Baha’i community in Iran. The letter was signed by … Read More