Iran’s Deepening Human Rights Crisis: The Case of the Baha’i Community


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May 12, 2015; 2:00pm; Amnesty International USA, 600 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

On May 12, Amnesty International USA and the Baha’is of the United States will host an event on religious persecution in Iran, with a focus on the Baha’i community, the largest non-Muslim religious minority in Iran. May 14 will mark the seventh anniversary of the imprisonment of these seven leaders, who are now serving 20-year sentences, the longest sentences of any prisoners of conscience in Iran. The event will feature Mahnaz Parakand, an Iranian human rights defender and the former lawyer of the Yaran, and Bijan Masumian and Monir Khanjani, family members of the Yaran; it will be moderated by Marjan Keypour Greenblatt, Director of the Alliance for the Rights of All Minorities (ARAM).

The speakers will be available for media interviews in Persian and/or English after the event.

The event is free and open to all those who wish to attend. It will not be live streamed.

Please see the flyer for event details: May 12 Event on Religious Persecution in Iran