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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Recent Arrests Signal Increased Persecution of the Baha’is in Yemen

April 21, 2017 Contact: Rachel Wolfe Office: (202) 833-8990, Cell: (202) 643-2735, Email: USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org WASHINGTON —In the latest of a series of actions targeting the Baha’i community of Yemen, three Yemeni Baha’is were arrested and detained this week. The arrests were ordered by a faction within the Houthi-led government and carried out by the National … Read More

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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Resolution 220 Condemning the Persecution of Baha’is in Iran

September 21, 2016 WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives 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.” Introduced by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL-27], on behalf of herself, Congressmen Ted Deutch [D-FL-21], Robert Dold [R-IL-10], Eliot … Read More

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Sixty Men, Women, and Children Arrested at Baha’i gathering in Yemen

August 17, 2016 WASHINGTON —On August 10, armed soldiers raided a multi-day youth event and arrested and detained 60 men, women and children. The event was organized by the Yemeni Baha’i community and sponsored by the Nida Foundation for Human Development, and was held at the Jud Organization building in Sana’a. It featured a nonreligious, … Read More

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NGO Leaders Call for Immediate Release of “Baha’i Seven” in Iran

May 23, 2016 WASHINGTON —This May, to mark the eight-year anniversary of the imprisonment of seven Baha’i leaders in Iran, the leaders of 29 organizations issued a strong statement, calling for the immediate release of these innocent individuals and advocating for the rights and liberty of all prisoners of conscience. Drawing wide support from American … Read More

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