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UK renews call for release of detained Bahá’ís

The United Kingdom has reiterated its concern for seven Baha’i leaders imprisoned in Iran on the first anniversary of their detention in the following statement: UK government renews call for release of detained Baha’is

Bahá’ís say jailed leaders in Iran face harsh new accusation

CNN International today published the following story: Baha’is say jailed leaders in Iran face harsh new accusation

Bahá’í Leaders Remain Unjustly Detained After One Year

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran issued a statement titled “Baha’i Leaders Remain Unjustly Detained After One Year” on the anniversary of the detention of the Baha’i leaders in Iran.

Seven Baha’i Leaders at Risk of Execution

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty published a report titled “Seven Baha’i Leaders at Risk of Execution” in Farsi on May 12, 2009.

Iran Press Watch has posted a English translation of the report.

Iranian Baha’i leaders may face new accusation on anniversary of imprisonment

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NEW YORK,  May 12, 2009 (BWNS) – The seven Baha’i leaders currently imprisoned in Iran are facing the anniversary of their arrest this Thursday, along with new and extremely grave accusations, after spending a year in jail without formal charges or access to their lawyer, Shirin Ebadi. Continue Reading »

BIC posts update about the situation of the Baha’is in Iran

The Baha’i International Community posted some new information today on its “Iran Update” page about the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran.  The new information is italicized.

Baha’is and rights groups say Iranian president must address discrimination at home

— April 19, 2009 (BWNS) – The Baha’i International Community joined two human rights organizations in calling on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to address discrimination in his own country when he speaks this week at the conference known as Durban II. Continue Reading »

Baha’i Leaders on Trial – Latest News

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A spokesman for Iran’s Judiciary, Ali-Reza Jamshidi, announced on 17 February that the seven Baha’i leaders would have court hearings within a week on charges of espionage,but no specific hearing date was ever announced. They have been charged with spying for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic Republic. These charges are unfounded and no evidence against them has been brought to light. The Baha’i leaders have been held for nearly a year in Evin prison and denied access to their attorney, the Nobel Laureate, Shirin Ebadi.

In mid-March, the families of the seven imprisoned Baha’is who were the members of the group called the Friends in Iran were informed that prosecutors were still working on the case and that court proceedings were a month away.

We have compiled a list of all the U.S. Government and NGO statements along with statements from other governments which can be accessed by clicking on the links below.  We also have links to all significant national and international media coverage, and a selection of blog postings.

Statements by U.S. Government and NGOs

International Statements

National & International Media Coverage

Local U.S. Media Coverage

Selection of Blog Postings

Latest summary update on the situation of the Baha’is in Iran

Canada’s Parliament condemns persecution of Baha’is in Iran

OTTAWA, April 2 (BWNS) – Canada’s House of Commons has unanimously adopted a strongly worded motion condemning the persecution of Baha’is in Iran and calling on the Iranian government to release Baha’i leaders imprisoned in Tehran. Continue Reading »

Minoo Expelled from University in Semnan

On Saturday, March 7, 2009, several Persian online journals carried this report about the expulsion of Miss Minoo Shahriari on the grounds that she was a Baha’i. Continue Reading »

Video Contest on the Baha’is in Iran

Because of the escalation in the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran in recent months and the circumstances surrounding the possible trial of the seven Bahá’í national leaders in Iran, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the U.S has decided to expand the scope of the video contest it launched late last fall about the denial of education of Bahá’í students in Iran to incorporate the general persecution of the Bahá’ís in Iran. The video contest has now been opened up to any videos that cover general and specific aspects about the persecution of the Bahá’ís in Iran. Continue Reading »

World Focus online radio show on the Baha’is in Iran

World Focus, PBS’s nightly international news program, aired a live online radio program on Tuesday, March 17, that explored the Baha’i Faith and modern Iran. The program covered the background and history of the persecution of the Baha’i community in Iran with a particular focus on the arrest and forthcoming trial of the seven national Baha’i leaders. Continue Reading »

AFP: Iran’s Ebadi says aide freed on bail

TEHRAN (AFP) – 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, Ebadi told AFP on Friday.

World Focus online radio program on the Baha’i Faith in Iran airing March 17

World Focus, PBS’s nightly international news program, will air a live online radio program on Tuesday, March 17, that will explore the Baha’i Faith and the situation of Baha’is in Iran.  The program will be hosted by World Focus anchor Martin Savidge and will feature a panel of guests. Continue Reading »

Human Rights Council dialogue on freedom of religion or belief and on human rights defenders

The Human Rights Council on March 12, 2009, held an interactive dialogue on freedom of religion or belief and on human rights defenders. Those speaking in the dialogue who raised the issue of the Baha’is in Iran were Canada, Czech Republic, speaking on behalf of the European Union, and the Baha’i International Community.  Canada and the Czech Republic both stressed the need to protect religious minorities, including in Muslim states. They all raised concern about the seven Baha’is detained for almost a year in Iran for suspected spying. Continue Reading »

H. Res. 175 now has 35 co-sponsors

H. Res. 175 condemning the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran introduced on February 13, 2009, has 30 cosponsors as of March 13, 2009. Continue Reading »

Call by academics to stop the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran

In an open letter dated March 9, 2009, scholars and academic specialists in the fields of Middle Eastern and Iranian studies call on the Islamic Republic of Iran to put an end to human rights abuses against Baha’is in Iran. Continue Reading »

H.Res. 175 on the Baha’is in Iran has 30 cosponsors

H. Res. 175 condemning the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran introduced on February 13, 2009, has 30 cosponsors as of March 11, 2009. Continue Reading »

S. Res. 71 about the Bahais in Iran introduced in the Senate

Senate Resolution 71 (S. Res. 71) a concurrent resolution to House Resolution 175 (H. Res. 175)  regarding the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran, was introduced into the U.S. Senate on March 9, 2009, by Senator Wyden of Oregon. The other original cosponsors are Senators Brownback, Menendez, Snowe and Whitehouse.

For information on how you can help support S. Res. 71, please visit http://iran.bahai.us/s-res-71-on-the-bahais-in-iran/

Canadian Parliamentary Committee Demands Release of Imprisoned Baha’is

Toronto, Ontario, 27 February 2009 (CBNS) — The Canadian Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Human Rights has adopted a strongly worded motion demanding the immediate release of the seven Baha’i leaders held now for more than nine months without formal charges and no access to lawyers.

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