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Persecution of the Baha’is in Iran

The Baha’is of the United States have worked with members of Congress for more than 30 years to pass resolutions that condemn the state-sponsored persecution of Iran’s 300,000-member Baha’i minority, which has been marked by the execution of hundreds of Baha’is, the imprisonment of thousands more, and systematic and severe economic and social pressure on the Baha’i community. These resolutions shine a light on the actions of the Iranian authorities, and they contribute to an international outcry that has helped to mitigate the severity of the persecution.

Two such resolutions have been introduced in this Congress, one in each house of Congress:

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(Please do not refer to these resolutions as H.R.220 or S.148, as these designations refer to other legislation.)

These resolutions detail the systematic and brutal persecution of the Baha’i community in Iran, and condemn the actions of the Iranian government toward its Baha’i citizens. They call for the release of all Baha’i prisoners – including the Baha’i leaders – and all other religious prisoners in Iran. They also express the desire of the Congress that the President and Secretary of State demand the release of these individuals. Finally, they call on the President and Secretary of State to impose sanctions on individual officials within the Iranian government who are responsible for serious human rights abuses.

  • S.Res.148 was passed unanimously, with strong bipartisan support, on December 17, 2015
  • H.Res.220 was passed unanimously, with strong bipartisan support, on September 21, 2016

To learn how you can support the Baha’is in Iran, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at or (202)833-8990.