Persecution of the Baha'i Community

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Geneva—28 Mar 2014

The UN Human Rights Council’s overwhelming vote today to extend the mandate of its special investigator on Iran shows that the international community is pleased with Ahmed Shaheed’s excellent work and it expects Iran to make good on its promises to improve human rights, said the Baha'i International Community.

“The vote today to extend the mandate of Ahmed Shaheed is a powerful signal...

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Geneva—18 Mar 2014

Overall, human rights in Iran have not improved substantially since the election of President Hassan Rouhani last year, despite his promises to grant citizens more rights and to end discriminatory practices, according to Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s expert on the issue.

In a presentation to the Human Rights Council yesterday, Dr. Shaheed said that while Iran had made a few positive steps...

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Geneva—7 Feb 2014

In an apparent hate crime, three Baha'is were stabbed in their home in Birjand, Iran, by an unidentified intruder on Monday, 3 February, the Baha'i International Community has learned.

The three – a husband and wife and their daughter – survived but are currently in intensive care at a nearby hospital.

According to reports from Iran, the attacker – who was masked– entered the...

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United Nations—18 Dec 2013

The UN General Assembly today expressed “deep concern at serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations” in Iran, showing that the international community will not be swayed by mere promises of improvement.

By a vote of 86 to 36 with 61 abstentions, the Assembly approved a powerfully worded resolution that, while welcoming recent promises by Iran’s new president to...

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Images of the destruction at the Baha’i cemetery in Sanandaj, Iran, which occurred on 12 December 2013.
Geneva—16 Dec 2013

Among the many acts of persecution to which the Baha’is in Iran are being subjected, one of the most heartless is the wanton desecration of their cemeteries. Most recently, attackers have destroyed portions of the Baha’i cemetery in Sanandaj, Iran, which has in recent years been threatened by local authorities who have sought to raze the site and repossess its land. The attack follows recent...

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The seven Baha’is arrested in 2008 whose trial began on 12 January 2010 are, seated from left, Behrouz Tavakkoli and Saeid Rezaie, and, standing, Fariba Kamalabadi, Vahid Tizfahm, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, and Mahvash Sabet. All are from Tehran. The photograph was taken several months before their arrest.
New York—16 Dec 2013

The seven imprisoned Iranian Baha’i leaders have written a letter to President Hassan Rouhani, commenting on his proposed “Charter of Citizen’s Rights.”

During his campaign for election earlier this year, President Rouhani promised such a Charter, saying it would aim to end discrimination on the basis of race, sex or religion.

A draft version of that Charter was posted to a...

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Diane Ala’i, right, was one of 15 experts speaking at the Forum on Minority Issues.
Geneva—26 Nov 2013

Governments could help to combat religious discrimination by offering a greater public space for minority groups to share their beliefs.

That was among the ideas discussed at the Sixth Forum on Minority Issues, held 26-27 November 2013 at the Palais des Nations.

Organized by the UN’s Independent Expert on minority issues, Rita Izsák, the Forum brought together 15 experts to...

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United Nations—19 Nov 2013

Today’s vote expressing concern over Iran’s continued human rights violations demonstrates that the international community will not be swayed by mere promises of improvement, said the Baha'i International Community.

“By its resolution today, the UN General Assembly says clearly that it expects deeds instead of just words from Iran on human rights,” said Bani Dugal, the...

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Agents also closed a small workshop that had been operated by a Baha’i, placing seals on the doors that declared it shut down in the name of the local prosecutor’s office.
Geneva—11 Nov 2013

Following raids on 14 Baha'i homes in the Iranian city of Abadeh last month, government agents summoned the occupants for questioning and urged them to leave town or face possible deadly attacks from city residents.

"The clear aim of the raids and questioning was to create an atmosphere of intimidation and fear, so that the Baha'is of...

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Violence with Impunity: Acts of aggression against Iran’s Baha’i community: a video
GENEVA—28 Oct 2013

Parva Rahmanian and her family used to run a flower shop in Iran – until the government revoked their business license.

The reason given was simple: as Baha'is, they were “unclean” – and so were their floral designs. The uncleanliness of the Baha’is was, to the world’s great shock and outrage, the subject of a recent fatwa by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

“We received a...

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