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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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U.S. Senate Passes Resolution 75 Condemning the Persecution of Baha’is in Iran

December 20, 2013 WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 75 “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.” S.Res.75 was introduced by Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin of Illinois. By passing the resolution, the Senate has made … Read More

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Murder of Mr. Ataollah Rezvani in Bandar Abbas, Iran was religiously motivated

August 24, 2013 WASHINGTON — On Saturday, August 24, 2013, Mr. Ataollah Rezvani, a member of the Baha’i Faith, was killed in Bandar Abbas, Iran. Based on available information, his murder was religiously motivated. Rezvani was shot in the back of the head and his body was found in his car near the railway station … Read More

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Fifth Anniversary of the Imprisonment of Seven Baha’i Leaders in Iran

May 6, 2013 WASHINGTON — To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the imprisonment of seven Baha’i leaders in Iran, Rainn Wilson of NBC’s hit sitcom, The Office, will be the master of ceremonies at an event on Monday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, … Read More

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Baha’is to testify on violence with impunity in Iran at Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing

March 14, 2013 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 of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 15 at 2200 Rayburn … Read More

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