Religious Freedom

April 15, 2016

Business Leaders around the World Call for an End to Iran’s Closure of Baha’i Businesses

Business Leaders around the World Call for an End to Iran’s Closure of Baha’i Businesses Read this article in Persian here. Letter to Khamenei Urges Respect for Economic Rights of Baha’is In a signed statement addressed to Iran’s supreme leader, 54 leading business people and economists from countries around the world asked Ayatollah Khamenei to stop the harassment and discrimination against Baha’i business owners in Iran. “We view the recent […]... read more
April 11, 2016

Voices from Iran: What are your expectations of President Rouhani?

Voices from Iran: What are your expectations of President Rouhani? ... read more
April 1, 2016

Young Woman’s Quest for Higher Education Exposes Iran’s Discrimination Against Baha’is

Young Woman’s Quest for Higher Education Exposes Iran’s Discrimination Against Baha’is Rouhie Safajoo, a student banned from Iranian universities because of her Baha’i faith and arrested for her online activism, was released on March 27, 2016 on 500 million rials (about $16,500 USD) bail, nearly three weeks after her arrest. “We are very happy Rouhie is free,” her sister, Maryam Safajoo, told the International Campaign for […]... read more
March 27, 2016

Iranian Judiciary Took No Action despite Formal Complaint Detailing Torture of Baha’is in Prison

Iranian Judiciary Took No Action despite Formal Complaint Detailing Torture of Baha’is in Prison Letter Comes To Light Three Years after Brutal Physical Abuse of Detained Baha’is Details of torture inflicted upon twelve Baha’is by interrogators three years ago at Amir Abad prison and detention centers in Iran’s Golestan Province—and the Iranian Judiciary’s complete lack of any response to the formal letter of complaint that was sent in 2012 […]... read more
March 14, 2016

Why the UN Human Rights Mechanisms Must Continue to Monitor Iran’s Human Rights Situation

Why the UN Human Rights Mechanisms Must Continue to Monitor Iran’s Human Rights Situation This video explains why it is so imperative that the United Nations Human Rights Council ensures the Special Rapporteur and other UN mechanisms continue their critical work of monitoring Iran’s human rights situation, given the severe rights violations that persist in Iran and Tehran’s refusal to implement the dozens of promises it has made to […]... read more
February 2, 2016

Two Dozen Iranian Baha’is Sentenced to Six to Eleven Years for Practicing Their Faith

Two Dozen Iranian Baha’is Sentenced to Six to Eleven Years for Practicing Their Faith Twenty-four Baha’is from northeastern Iran have been handed down sentences that range from six to eleven years “simply for being Baha’is,” according to Simin Fahandej, the faith’s spokesperson at the United Nations in New York. The Baha’i community is one of the most severely persecuted religious minorities in Iran. The faith is not recognized in […]... read more
January 29, 2016

Student of Imprisoned Iranian Spiritual Leader Facing Trial for Supporting Him

Student of Imprisoned Iranian Spiritual Leader Facing Trial for Supporting Him The student of a spiritual leader in Iran who has been imprisoned for his alternative beliefs, has been summoned to court for attending a gathering in support of his freedom. The trial of Sara Saei, a student of Mohammad Ali Taheri, will begin on February 9, 2016 at Branch 1060 of the Tehran Criminal Court, […]... read more
January 4, 2016

Persecution of Christian Converts Continues under Rouhani

Persecution of Christian Converts Continues under Rouhani Christian is Arrested and Taken to Unknown Location Despite President Hassan Rouhani’s pledges during his election campaign in 2013 that “All ethnicities, all religions, even religious minorities, must feel justice,” the targeting of Christian converts for state persecution and prosecution has continued unabated under his administration. Most recently, two days before Christmas, officials from the […]... read more
December 24, 2015

Death Sentence Against Spiritual Center Founder Rejected

Death Sentence Against Spiritual Center Founder Rejected Family Hopes for Taheri’s Release at End of Prison Term in 2016 With the lifting of the death sentence against spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri, his family is hoping for his release at the end of his prison term in mid-spring 2016. “Saeed Khalili, one of my brother’s lawyers, has seen the Supreme Court’s verdict […]... read more
November 30, 2015

Cartoon 130: Infiltration

Cartoon 130: Infiltration Hardliners in Iran’s Parliament, Judiciary, and Revolutionary Guards are intensifying a broad crackdown on supporters of human rights and free elections, in a campaign underpinned by supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s assertion that the US seeks to “infiltrate” and undermine the Islamic Republic. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the issue. Read more here and  […]... read more
November 19, 2015

Khamenei Rails against US “Plots” and Authorities Chime in with Crackdown

Khamenei Rails against US “Plots” and Authorities Chime in with Crackdown Hardliners in Iran’s Parliament, Judiciary, and Revolutionary Guards are intensifying a broad crackdown on supporters of human rights and free elections, in a campaign underpinned by supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s assertion that the US seeks to “infiltrate” and undermine the Islamic Republic. The crackdown has resulted in the arrests and prosecutions of growing numbers of […]... read more
November 17, 2015

Fifteen Baha’is Arrested by Rouhani’s Intelligence Ministry

Fifteen Baha’is Arrested by Rouhani’s Intelligence Ministry In a fresh crackdown on Iran’s Baha’i community, one of the most persecuted religious minorities in Iran, 15 followers of the faith were simultaneously arrested in Tehran, Isfahan, and Mashhad on November 15, 2015, by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence agents. Padideh Sabeti, a spokesperson for the Baha’i International Community, told the International Campaign for Human […]... read more