Persecution of the Baha'i Community


Iranian Baha'i Leadership, imprisoned since 14 May 2008
Iranian Baha'i Leadership (click here for profiles), imprisoned since 14 May 2008
The Baha'i Question

The Baha'i Question: Cultural Cleansing in Iran
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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)


In Focus

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

Violence with Impunity


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