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

Sky News26 February 2009

Fifteen of Britain's top comedians have signed an open letter calling for the Iranian government to respect the human rights of its citizens.…

The Lede: New York Times Blog23 February 2009

By Robert Mackey. Last week, the Iranian state-run broadcaster Press TV reported that seven Iranian followers of the minority Bahai faith, who were arrested last year, will be tried in Tehran as soon as this week on charges of “espionage for Israel, desecrating religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic Republic.” …

Radio France International (RFI)22 February 2009

The regular program “World Religions” on Radio France International opened with a segment about the situation of the Baha’is in Iran. Journalists interviewed Dr. Foad Saberan and Mrs. Caroline Samandari, whose cousin Aziz Samandari is one of more than 30 Baha’is currently jailed in Iran. The link above is to an MP3 audio download of the program.…

Iran Press Watch22 February 2009

Iran is engaging in a “systematic” effort to “eradicate” the banned Baha’i faith in that country, a senior analyst at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom [USCIRF] told IranVNC yesterday.

Channel 4 News, Britain19 February 2009

Nobel Prize for Peace winner Shirin Ebadi talks to International Editor Lindsey Hilsum in her Tehran office about harassment her legal work is facing. Last week in Tehran, Ms. Shirin Ebadi said that the Iranian judicial system was acting “illegally” by preventing her from meeting with her Bahai clients.…

CNN International18 February 2009

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Seven imprisoned leaders of the Baha'i faith in Iran have been accused of espionage and will face court hearings within a week,…

Dulcinea, New York18 February 2009

by Josh Katz Iran has charged members of the Bahai faith with spying for Israel, underscoring the religion’s contentious relationship with the Iranian…

EU2009.cz, Czech Republic17 February 2009

The EU expresses its deep concern at the grave charges raised against seven Baha’i leaders in Iran. They have been detained by the Iranian authorities for…

Washington Post, United States17 February 2009

By Thomas Erdbrink TEHRAN, Feb. 17 -- Seven leaders of the Bahai faith who have been detained for more than eight months in Iran have been officially…

Xinhua, China17 February 2009

TEHRAN, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Judiciary spokesman Ali-Reza Jamshidi charged seven Iranians with espionage, the official IRNA news agency reported on…

Thaindian.com, Thailand17 February 2009

Tehran, Feb 17 (IANS) An Iranian court has charged seven members of the outlawed Baha’i sect with espionage, IRNA reported Tuesday.…

Earthtimes (press release), UK17 February 2009

Tehran - A spokesman of the Iranian judiciary confirmed Tuesday that seven members of the Bahai religion would soon face trial on charges of espionage,…

CNN17 February 2009

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RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, Czech Republic17 February 2009

An Iranian judiciary spokesman has said that the trial of seven Baha'i leaders accused last year of spying for Israel will take place next week.…

Reuters India17 February 2009

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Seven Iranian members of the Baha'i faith held on suspicion of spying could be indicted by next week, the Islamic Republic's judiciary…

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