WASHINGTON — Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution “condemning the government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of its Bahá’í minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.” H.Res.134 is the 12th House resolution since 1982 to address the oppression of the Bahá’ís in Iran. “The Bahá’í community [...]
NEWS, Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congressional staffers and members of the NGO community gathered at a February briefing on Capitol Hill to hear a panel speak about human rights in Iran, including the situation of the Baha’is. The event, hosted by the International Religious Freedom Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives, began with a brief update on [...]
NEWS, PUBLIC STATEMENTS
Representatives of Coptic, Kurdish, Baha’i and Jewish communities discussed the plight of religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East, during a panel hosted by the New York City Bar Association on Nov. 8 at their Manhattan headquarters.
The children of Riaz Sobhani (top, third from the left) and Kamran Mortezaie (bottom, middle) spoke with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about their fears for their fathers’ health and safety after the two men were sentenced by the Iranian Revolutionary Court in October 2011 to harsh prison terms for their involvement [...]
DENIAL OF EDUCATION
Eleven Baha’is charged with “conspiracy against national security” for operating an institute for higher education
Iranian authorities faced a deadline two months after the May 21st raids carried out on more than thirty Baha’i homes* connected to the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education. Under Iranian law, the authorities had to either formally charge defendants or set the prisoners free.
The Baha’i International Community just learned that charges have been laid and 11 of the 19 individuals originally detained in the raids will continue to be held in detention*. The remaining 8 individuals were released over time since the raids.
DENIAL OF EDUCATION, MEDIA COVERAGE, NEWS, PUBLIC STATEMENTS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, May 5, 2011 Contact: Ginous Alford | O: 202-833-8990 | M: 202-643-1612 | USBahaiMedia@usbnc.org **MEDIA ADVISORY** BELIEF BEHIND BARS: Lawmakers, performers to drum up support at Capitol Hill reception for Iran’s seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders Remarks from special guests: U.S. Senator Mark Kirk U.S. Representative Michael Grimm Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for [...]
Iranian-American scientist Farzad Kamalabadi’s sister is a prisoner in their homeland for being a Baha’i, but Iran is betting the U.S. and other countries don’t care. On the contrary, Dr. Kamalabadi spoke on Capitol Hill, at the Becket Fund reception Mar. 31 to honor the Congressional International Religious Freedom Caucus, about the crucial role of international pressure in the [...]