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

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.

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.

National Post20 April 2016

The Baha’is in Iran have been nothing but peaceful and accepting; however, the Iranian government has treated them with extreme discrimination and injustice. Now that nuclear sanctions on Iran have been lifted, countries like Canada are taking precautions when trading with the regime.

Newsweek15 April 2016

This OPED explores the effect that lifting Iran’s nuclear sanctions will have on big western countries split between ethical economic decisions. It also examines the effect the lifting of the sanctions will have on smaller minorities in Iran like the Baha’is.

The Economist24 March 2016

This article encourages western nations to not overlook the horrors of the human rights situation, particularly to the Baha’i community, in Iran even as nuclear sanctions have been lifted and economic opportunity unveils.

The Pioneer1 February 2016

An OPED that says that as countries begin to reopen trade with Iran, they should not ignore the injustice Iran shows to minority groups like the Baha’is.

ABC News Australia13 January 2016

Although human rights in Iran have not improved much for Baha’is, the #notacrime campaign to draw international attention to the horrors experienced by the Baha’is in Iran is in full force. The movement has focused most recently on education in Bondi Beach, Australia.

Iran Wire6 January 2016

This article explores the #NotACrime campaign: a movement of street art muralists who paint to expose Iran of its unjust human rights system. The article looks at the impact the campaign has already had and will have in improving human rights for Baha’is in Iran as it extends its roots throughout the world’s major cities.

Technology Review22 December 2015

After being held in prion for four years, Baha’i professor Mahmoud Badavam explains why he was thrown in jail and details the injustices in Iran facing Iran’s Baha'i community.

National Post4 May 2015

An OPED on behalf of the seven imprisoned leaders of Iran’s Baha’i community and also ase and the case  of Ayatollah Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi, an imprisoned senior Shiite cleric and long-time advocate for religious freedom in Iran.