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Assistant secretary of state calls attention to former Baha’i leaders imprisoned in Iran

At a press briefing today to announce the release of the 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael H. Posner made mention of the seven former Baha’i leaders in Iran who are in prison solely for their religious beliefs. While answering reporters’ questions, Posner said: […]

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Persecution of Iranian Baha’is highlighted in State Department’s 2010 Report on International Religious Freedom

The U.S. Department of State’s newly released Annual Report on International Religious Freedom (2010) again ranked Iran as one of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom. The ongoing persecution of the country’s 300,000 Baha’is was highlighted extensively in the report. From the section on Iran: Baha’i religious groups reported arbitrary arrest and prolonged detention, […]

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Secretary of State Clinton: “We have not forgotten the Baha’i community in Iran”

On Thursday, August 12, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton issued the following statement concerning the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders who have each been sentenced to 20 years in prison for their religious beliefs. According to new reports, the seven prisoners have been transferred from Evin prison in Tehran to Gohardasht Prison – also […]

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State Department speaks out on two-year anniversary of Baha’i arrests

On Thursday, May 14, spokesman Philip J. Crowley of the U.S. Department of State issued the following statement condemning the continued incarceration of seven Baha’i leaders in Iran. The United States is deeply concerned about the ongoing persecution of Baha’is and other religious minority communities in Iran. Today marks the second anniversary of the imprisonment […]

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U.S. State Department calls for “fair and public hearing” for Iranian Baha’i leaders

On January 11, 2010,  the U.S. Department of State issued a statement condemning the trial of seven Baha’i leaders in Tehran and indicating that Iran is responsible for the safety of all 48 Baha’is who are currently detained in prisons throughout Iran. Of the seven leaders, the statement asserts: These persons are entitled to due […]

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Baha’is included in 2009 International Religious Freedom Report on Iran

On October 26, the U.S. Department of State released its 2009 International Religious Freedom Report on Iran, which includes several mentions of the persecution of Iran’s Baha’i minority. For example, Adherents of religious groups not recognized by the Constitution, such as the Baha’is, do not have freedom to practice their beliefs. The Government prohibits Baha’is […]

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