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English translation of a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani from the imprisoned Yaran

BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE The below is an English translation of a letter addressed to Iranian President, Dr. Hassan Rouhani, from the imprisoned Yaran-i-Iran, or Friends of Iran, the former seven member ad hoc leadership group of the Baha’is in Iran. A copy of the letter in Persian can be found online on the Jaras […]

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“Five Years Too Many” campaign leads to global outpouring of support

BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE A global outpouring of support and concern for the plight of the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders – and for the situation of other prisoners of conscience in Iran – marked worldwide commemorations of the fifth anniversary of the arrest of these Baha’is. Statements calling for the immediate release of the seven […]

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VOA Broadcasts Editorial on Five Year Anniversary of the Yaran

On May 24, Voice of America’s View from Washington broadcast an editorial highlighting the five year imprisonment of the seven Baha’i leaders in Iran. The editorial featured excerpts from remarks made by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Thomas Melia at the “Five Years Too Many” […]


Highlights of Global “Five Years Too Many” Campaign

On May 5, 2013, the Baha’i International Community launched an international campaign, entitled “Five Years Too Many,” to call for the immediate release of the Yaran-i-Iran (Friends of Iran), the seven Baha’i leaders imprisoned in Iran, as well as all other prisoners of conscience in Iran. This campaign, which marked the fifth year of the […]

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May 14 Congressional Call-In Day

May 14 marks the five-year anniversary of the imprisonment of the seven members of the Yaran, the former ad hoc leadership group of the Baha’is of Iran, who have been sentenced to twenty years in prison for their involvement with the Baha’i community. Today, people around the country are calling the Washington D.C. offices of their Senators and […]

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Former Lawyer of Imprisoned Baha’is in Iran Interviewed on VOA Persian

Yesterday, the Voice of America (VOA) Persian program “Ofogh” broadcast a live interview about the seven members of the Yaran, the former ad hoc leadership group of the Baha’is in Iran, who are now approaching the five-year anniversary of their imprisonment. Siamak Dehghanpour, the host of “Ofogh,” posed questions to Ms. Mahnaz Parakand, one of the former […]


Watch the “Five Years Too Many” campaign event in D.C.

Last night, May 6, 2013, the U.S. Baha’i community hosted an event in support of the “Five Years Too Many” international campaign calling for the immediate release of the seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders – and all prisoners of conscience in Iran. The event took place at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. […]

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“Five Years Too Many” campaign event at the Carnegie Endowment

Tonight, the U.S. Baha’i community, together with supporters of international religious freedom and human rights, will commemorate the fifth year anniversary of the imprisonment of the Yaran, the seven-member former ad hoc  leadership group of the Baha’is in Iran. The program begins at 7:00pm EST at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and can be viewed […]

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USCIRF releases 2013 Annual Report, condemns Iran’s religious freedom violations

“The government of Iran continues to engage in systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom,” according to the 2013 Annual Report released this week by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The report, published Tuesday, states that “During the past year, the already poor religious freedom conditions continued to deteriorate, especially for […]

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“Five Years Too Many”

For five years, seven Baha’i leaders have been wrongly imprisoned in Iran. Their 20-year sentences are the longest given to any current prisoners of conscience in Iran. Their harshness reflects the Government’s resolve to oppress completely the Iranian Baha’i community, which faces a systematic, “cradle-to-grave” persecution that is among the most serious examples of state-sponsored […]

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American Bar Association expresses concern over imprisonment of human rights defender

The American Bar Association (ABA), a nongovernmental professional association of lawyers, composed of nearly 400,000 members, recently sent an open letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressing grave concerns over the imprisonment of noted Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani. Mr. Soltani has defended a number of prisoners of conscience in Iran, including the seven members […]

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Amnesty Naw Ruz Greeting Card Initiative

At sunset on March 20, millions of people around the world will celebrate Naw-Ruz, which is both the Baha’i new year and the Iranian new year. Naw-Ruz, also spelled Nowruz, means “new day” in Persian and is the celebration of the first day of spring. On this day, Iranians everywhere come together to celebrate and give thanks with family […]

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Relatives of imprisoned Baha’is highlight worsening situation in Iran

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bipartisan resolution that calls attention to the situation of the Baha’is in Iran. Senate Resolution 75 (click to find a list of co-sponsors and other information) condemns the Iranian regime’s continued persecution of this religious minority and “calls on the President and Secretary of […]


Radio Payam Interview

Recently, the Canadian radio station Radio Payam interviewed four Iranian-American Baha’is about the passage of House Resolution 134 as well as specific stories of persecution of the Baha’is in Iran. Interviewees included Dr. Farhad Sabetan, the Persian language spokesperson for the Baha’is of the United States; Dr. Behrooz Sabet, a Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) administrator and professor; […]


Roxana Saberi: “Between Two Worlds” Book Trailer

In 2009, Roxana Saberi, an American journalist of Iranian and Japanese decent, was forced from her home in Tehran, detained, and falsely accused of espionage. She was sentenced to eight years in prison. During her incarceration, she shared a cell with Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi and Mrs. Mahvash Sabet, two members of the Yaran, the former […]


U.S. House of Representatives Passes Resolution 134 Condemning the Persecution of Bahá’ís in Iran

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 […]

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Relatives of Imprisoned Baha’is Spotlight Persecution in Semnan, Iran

As concern mounts for the Baha’is of Semnan, Iran, a city 150 miles east of Tehran, three Baha’is with relatives in that city came to Washington, D.C. this past week. The families of Monir Khanjani, Siavosh Khanjani, and Dr. Abdu’l-Missagh Ghadirian have all experienced various forms of oppression including arrests, imprisonment, and economic pressure, and, […]


Calls to freedom in Slovakia and Brazil

Over 80 predominant Slovakian academics– including Professor Iveta Radičová, Slovakia’s former Prime Minister, and Professor Ján Pišút, former Education Minister — have signed an open letter calling for the end to the persecution of Baha’i educators and students in Iran. Written in response to the Iranian government’s policy of barring Baha’is from education, the letter […]


Opinion article about imprisoned Baha’i leaders in Iran published in PBS Frontline’s Tehran Bureau

Arash and Kamiar Alaei, physicians specializing in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, were found guilty in 2009 of “cooperating with an enemy government” and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. Kamiar was conditionally released after spending two and a half years in prison. Arash was granted final release after more than three years in prison. […]

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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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