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

Palatinate, Durham University, U.K.1 December 2009

The last person in Britain to be executed for blasphemy was Thomas Aikenhead, an 18-year-old student at Edinburgh University who was altogether too vocal in his lack of respect for the scriptures as authoritative texts on history and morals. On the day of his hanging in 1697…

Telegraph, U.K. 26 November 2009

Iranian authorities imposed a ban on the country's largest newspaper for publishing a photo of a temple belonging to the outlawed Baha'i movement, only to rescind the decision less than 24 hours later.

DNA Read the World, India17 July 2009

The international law on human rights need to be realised, and realised sooner. This was the outcome of the day-long seminar held on the 'Rights of Minorities – with focus on Bahais in Iran' and organised by Justice and Peace Commission of St Pious College, on Thursday. …

CNN14 July 2009

A death-penalty trial of seven Baha'i prisoners accused of spying for Israel has been delayed, Iranian officials have told family members, according to the U.S. Baha'i Office of External Affairs. he trial did not begin Saturday as scheduled and no date for its resumption has been given, the Baha'i office said.

Houston Chronicle10 July 2009

On Saturday, as his brother is scheduled to stand trial in Iran on charges that could result in the death penalty, 65-year-old Kamal Khanjani and other members of the Baha’i faith will gather for a prayer service in Missouri City.

BBC World Service8 July 2009

Architect Hossein Amanat talks about the inspiration behind the Freedom Monument.

The New York Times26 June 2009

Sometimes during the past two weeks, making her rounds as a hospital resident, Dr. Saughar Samali has caught a glimpse of television news in a patient’s room or heard a bulletin on the radio in the family-practice office. Against her desire, against her better judgment, she has been plunged back into the maelstrom of Iran. …

NPR’s “Tell Me More”18 June 2009

Members of the Baha'i faith, Iran's largest religious minority, have long been discriminated against and persecuted by the Islamic Republic of Iran government. Farhad Sabetan, an official within the Baha'i faith community, offers a reaction to the recent elections.

Voice of America17 May 2009

In a report released this month, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan governmental body, described a deteriorating situation regarding religious freedom in Iran -- particularly for Baha'is, Evangelical Christians, and Sufi Muslims. …

CNN14 May 2009

Seven Baha'i leaders jailed in Iran face a possible new accusation that could lead to the death penalty, the religious group said Thursday, and a major human rights group has called for their release.

News Statesman, London13 May 2009

International pressure may have set Roxana Saberi free, but the plight of seven Iranian Baha'is, imprisoned in Tehran a year ago, has gone largely unnoticed. … Ms Saberi leaves behind her many other inmates in Tehran's notorious Evin prison whose “crimes” against the Iranian state are also open to question.

National Review13 May 2009

While the U.S. press celebrates getting Roxana Saberi, one of its own, out of Evin prison, most Iranians are not so lucky.

BBC-Persian television13 May 2009

A segment on the evening news on BBC-Persian television addresses the situation of the seven Baha’i leaders in prison for a year. (Note that the newscast is in Persian.)

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty13 May 2009

A report on the radio network also known as Radio Farda, in the Persian language.

The Free Library13 March 2009

An aide of Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi who was arrested in January for links with the banned Bahai faith has been freed on bail by the Iranian authorities, Mrs. Ebadi told AFP on Friday.