Persecution of the Baha'i Community
|Iranian Baha'i Leadership (click here for profiles), imprisoned since 14 May 2008|
The Baha'i International Community works to protect the rights of persecuted Baha'i communities. In Iran, where the Faith continues to be viewed as heretical to Islam, Baha'is comprise the largest religious minority. Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Baha'is have been systematically denied access to higher education, employment; and have been subjected to summary arrests and detentions. They have never been able to openly practice their religion. Our Office continues to work to defend the rights of Baha'is wherever their freedom to participate and to contribute fully to the life of society is denied.
Violence with Impunity: Acts of aggression against Iran's Baha'i Community (March 2013)
Iran: UPR implementation (September 2013)
Situation of the Baha'is in Iran: Background document (September 2013)
List of Baha'i prisoners in Iran (August 2013)
"Five Years Too Many” Campaign (May 2013)
The Baha’is of Semnan: A case study in religious hatred (October 2012)
Inciting Hatred: Iran’s media campaign to demonize Baha’is (October 2011)
Increasing violence against Iranian Baha'is engineered by government
GENEVA — 15 March 2013 — The cradle-to-grave attacks against Baha'is in Iran represent one of the broadest and most obvious cases of state-sponsored religious persecution in the world, said Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. Speaking on 6 March 2013 in Geneva at a side event during the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council, Dr. Bielefeldt discussed the release of a new report by the Baha'i International Community, which documents rising violence against Iranian Baha'is and the utter impunity enjoyed by attackers. more...
Violence with Impunity
- Baha'i International Community Documents
- UN Documents Referencing the Baha'i Community
- Key Documents from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding the Baha'i Community
- Reports from other Governments Referencing the Baha'i Community
- Reports from NGOs Referencing the Baha'i Community
UN Forum on Minority Issues discusses religious discrimination:
26 November 2013 (Geneva):
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 theRead more...
UN calls on Iran to live up to its human rights promises:
19 November 2013 (United Nations):
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 saysRead more...
Baha'is in Iran told to leave town or face knife attacks after raids on 14 homes:
11 November 2013 (Geneva):
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 ofRead more...
New video documents Iranian government’s sponsored violence against its own Baha’i citizens:
28 October 2013 (GENEVA):
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 andRead more...
Despite promises, Iran continues to violate human rights, says UN report:
23 October 2013 (UNITED NATIONS):
Despite recent signals by Iran that it intends to improve on its human rights record, there has been little evidence of change, according to aRead more...