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Archive for February, 2009

Iran will not allow threats against security

Iran’s Prosecutor-General Qorban-Ali Dorri-Najafabadi declares that the government will not allow any group to threaten its national security. Press TV, Iran, posted an article titled “Iran will not allow threats against security”.

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Iran’s Prosecutor-General makes new statement about Baha’i leaders

Iran Press Watch has posted a Radio Farda story reporting on Iran’s Prosecutor General’s statements about the imprisoned Baha’i leaders. Qorban-Ali Dorri-Najafabadi made these statements on Friday, February 27, 2009.

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2008 U.S. Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The U.S. Department of State released its country reports on Human Rights Practices for 2008, on February 25, 2009. The section on Iran contains several references to the difficulties experienced by the Baha’i community in Iran.

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British comedians stand up for Iran’s Baha’is

The London Times published a letter by 15 British comedians calling for the imprisoned Baha’i leaders in Iran to receive a fair trial. The letter is titled “Stand up for Iran’s Baha’is”.

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Segment on Baha’i leaders in Iran on World Focus

World Focus, a PBS program, broadcast a segment about the Baha’i leaders in Iran facing trial. The episode aired on February 25 and the segment on the Baha’is begins at 20:37.

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VOA: Iran’s religious persecution

Voice of America published an editorial titled “Iran’s religious persecution” February 22.

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Iran provides Baha’is with all facilities

Iran’s Prosecutor General, Qorban-Ali Dorri-Najafabadi, has said that the Baha’is in Iran are using the same facilities as other Iranians. Press TV, Iran, posted an article titled “Iran provides Bahais with all facilities”.

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Channel 4 news in the UK Interview with Shrin Ebadi

The UK’s Channel 4 News interviewed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi on February 18, about the harassment she suffers in Iran partly because of her defense of the seven Baha’i leaders currently in jail and facing trial in Tehran.

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Australian government expresses deep concern for Baha’i leaders

The Australian government has stated its concern for the Baha’i leaders in Iran: An Austrailian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said that the lack of due legal process ”makes it hard to believe there is any basis to the charges or that they will receive a fair trial.” The Canberra Times posted an […]

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Grieboski Report Podcast on the trial of Baha’i leaders in Iran

The Grieboski Report aired an interview today between Joseph Grieboski, President of the Institute for Religion and Public Policy and Kit Bigelow, director of external affairs of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the U.S:

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Germany expresses concern over trial of Baha’is in Iran

A spokesman for Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her deep concern for the Iranian Baha’i leaders. Reuters posted an article about it titled “Germany says worried about trial of Baha’is in Iran”.

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CNN: Religious leaders face spying charges in Iran

CNN.com posted an article titled “Religious leaders face spying charges in Iran” about the charges laid against the Baha’i leaders in Iran.

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WPost: Iran Accuses 7 Jailed Leaders of Bahai Faith of Espionage

The Washington Post published an article titled “Iran Accuses 7 Leaders of the Baha’i Faith of Espionage” through Thomas Erdbrink, a correspondent in Tehran.

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European Union expresses “deep concern” over seven Baha’i prisoners

GENEVA, February 18, 2009 (BWNS) – The European Union yesterday issued a statement expressing its “deep concern” over Iran’s plans to bring seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders to trial for espionage and other charges soon. The Baha’i International Community has called for their immediate release, maintaining their innocence and characterizing the regime’s claims as an “escalation […]

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IRNA: Seven charged with espionage

The Islamic Republic News Agency posted an article titled “Seven charged with espionage” on February 17, 2009 about the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders facing trial.

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Commentary by Rainn Wilson on CNN.com: Stop religious persecution in Iran

CNN.com posted a commentary by actor Rainn Wilson titled “Stop religious persecution in Iran”.

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EU statement on the trial of the seven Baha’i leaders in Iran

The Presidency made a declaration on behalf of the European Union on the trial with seven Baha’i leaders in Iran.

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Baha’is express gratitude for open letter of support

NEW YORK, February 15, 2009 (BWNS) – The Baha’i International Community has issued a statement of gratitude to the Iranian intellectuals, scholars, writers, journalists, activists, and artists throughout the world who signed an open letter apologizing for their silence during Iran’s long-running persecution of the Baha’is.

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Swift international reaction to pending trial of Iranian Baha’is

NEW YORK, February 15, 2009 ( BWNS) -  International reaction to news that Iran may soon put on trial seven Baha’i leaders for espionage and other charges came swiftly last week as governments, parliamentary leaders and human rights organizations expressed strong criticism of any such trial. Many called for the immediate release of the Baha’is.

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House Resolution – H.Res. 175 – on the Baha’is in Iran

The United States House of Representatives introduced resolution H.Res.175 regarding the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran.  The resolution was sponsored by representatives Mark Kirk, James McGovern, Brad Sherman, Dan Burton, Bill Foster, Maurice Hinchey, Frank Wolf, and Jim Moran.

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