Situation of Iranian Bahá’ís

Situation of Baha’is in Iran

Media reports

Reports in the news media about the situation of Iranian Baha’is

The World Post18 December 2016

This article details the arrest of Baha’i Navid Aghdasi who was taken by the Iranian government and given no reason. Aghdasi’s arrest symbolizes the cruelty experienced by religious minorities, particularly the Baha’is, in Iran and the lack of humanity they are treated with.

RNS (Religion News Service)13 July 2016

Iran’s goal to eliminate the largest non-Muslim religious community of their nation: the Baha’is, has come with worldwide protest and outrage. However, there are still signs that their goal is being slowly achieved through increased persecution and the lack of human rights.

Fast Co.exist11 July 2016

This article explains why Iranian-American journalist Maziar Bahari started the Not A Crime Campaign: a movement of street art muralists who paint to expose Iran of its unjust human rights system. Bahari then goes on to say what he pictures the movement will accomplish.

The Village Voice8 July 2016

Fifteen murals are being created in Harlem, New York to raise awareness for journalist Maziar Bahari’s Not A Crime campaign. The movement brings awareness to the lack of education, press freedom, and other human allotted to religious minorities like the Baha’is around the world.

Muftah1 July 2016

This article explains recent and significant events around the seven imprisoned Baha’i religious leaders and the condition of Baha’i human rights in Iran. It debates whether these events have improved or deteriorated the rights of Baha’is in Iran. The article also includes details of the campaign launched by the Baha’i International Community regarding these issues.

Columbia University SIPA5 June 2016

This paper looks in to the situation of Iran’s persecuted Baha'i community in the context of the Islamic Republic’s legal framework as well as President Hassan Rouhani’s proposed Citizenship Rights Charter.

International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran1 June 2016

Following a meeting with a former Iranian president’s daughter, Baha’i prisoner and leader, Fariba Kamalabadi and some twenty-five other female political prisoners are being collectively punished by the Iranian government. The women, wrongly imprisoned in the first place, now are forbidden to send letters to family and friends or take furloughs.

New York Times18 May 2016

A visit by Faezeh Hashemi, a daughter of the former president of Iran, to the home of Farba Kamalabadi, a Baha’i leader, highlighted the harsh treatment of the religious minority and sparked controversy within the Iranian government and amongst its citizens.

ABC News Australia18 May 2016

Australia’s former top lawyers and judges demand the release of the seven Baha’i leaders imprisoned in Iran.

BBC18 May 2016

While on leave from prison, Fariba Kamalabadi, a Baha’i female leader met with her friend, Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of former Iranian president, provoking an uproar in the Iranian government and amongst its citizens.

Daily Mail16 May 2016

Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of former Iranian President Rafsanjani, met Fariba Kamalabadi, a Baha’i leader on leave from prison. The meeting has stirred controversy within the Iranian government while Hashemi’s father has declared his rebuke of the action.

Business Standard14 May 2016

The U.S. requests that Iran free seven leaders of the persecuted Baha’i faith serving 20-year prison sentences. The leaders have been imprisoned for over eight years.

CNN14 May 2016

The U.S. condemns the arrests of the Baha’i leaders by the Iranian government, saying the arrest of the Baha’i leaders is representative of the lack of human rights given to Iran’s minorities.

The Washington Post12 May 2016

Although changes have been made in the Iranian government that have promised change, Baha’is, considered “the most persecuted group in Iran,” have seen little improvement in their human rights and continue to be targeted from a young age.

Times Higher Education27 April 2016

This article gives a first-hand account of a Baha’i girl who was forced to leave Iran because of religious persecution and a lack of education. She reflects on what it is like to live under these conditions and what needs to change in order to achieve justice in human rights and in education in Iran.