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 (January 2014)
Situation of the Baha'is in Iran: Background document (January 2014)
List of Baha'i prisoners in Iran (December 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
Three Baha’is stabbed in Iran, apparently a religious hate crime:
7 February 2014 (Geneva):
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 aRead more...
UN General Assembly again expresses "deep concern" over continuing human rights violations in Iran:
18 December 2013 (United Nations):
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 approvedRead more...
Seven imprisoned Baha'i leaders send letter to President Rouhani:
16 December 2013 (New York):
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 endRead more...
Baha'i cemetery in Sanandaj, Iran, attacked and partly destroyed:
16 December 2013 (Geneva):
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 byRead more...
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...