Persecution of the Baha'i Community
|Iranian Baha'i Leadership (click here for profiles), imprisoned since 14 May 2008|
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)
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
- Baha'i International Community Documents
- UN Documents Referencing the Baha'i Community
- Key Documents from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding the Baha'i Community
- Reports from other Governments Referencing the Baha'i Community
- Reports from NGOs Referencing the Baha'i Community
UN vote highlights human rights violations in Iran:
28 March 2014 (Geneva):
The UN Human Rights Council’s overwhelming vote today to extend the mandate of its special investigator on Iran shows that the international community is pleased with Ahmed Shaheed’s excellent work and it expects Iran to make good on its promises to improve human rights, said the Baha'iRead more...
Concern over persecution of Iranian Baha'is at UN Human Rights Council:
18 March 2014 (Geneva):
Overall, human rights in Iran have not improved substantially since the election of President Hassan Rouhani last year, despite his promises to grant citizens more rights and to end discriminatory practices, according to Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s expert on the issue.
In a presentation toRead more...
Religious hatred can be addressed through community- and trust-building:
13 March 2014 (Geneva):
Religious hatred, a cause of religious violence and numerous violations of religious freedom, is not a natural or irreversible phenomenon – it can be addressed by measures aimed at building trust or a greater sense of community.
That was among the ideas presented at a panel discussion onRead more...
Three Baha’is stabbed in Iran, apparently a religious hate crime:
7 February 2014 (Geneva):
In an apparent hate crime, three Baha'is were stabbed in their home in Birjand, Iran, by an unidentified intruder on Monday, 3 February, the Baha'i International Community has learned.
The three – a husband and wife and their daughter – survived but are currently in intensive care at aRead more...
UN General Assembly again expresses "deep concern" over continuing human rights violations in Iran:
18 December 2013 (United Nations):
The UN General Assembly today expressed “deep concern at serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations” in Iran, showing that the international community will not be swayed by mere promises of improvement.
By a vote of 86 to 36 with 61 abstentions, the Assembly approvedRead more...