Religious Freedom

May 26, 2016

Cartoon 146: No Friendship with Baha’is!

Cartoon 146: No Friendship with Baha’is! Faezeh Hashemi, the outspoken daughter of prominent former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has been threatened with prosecution by a high ranking Judiciary official following her meeting with Baha’i leader Fariba Kamalabadi and other well-known civil rights activists in Tehran. Faezeh Hashemi previously shared a prison cell with Kamalabadi. “This was a very ugly and […]... read more
May 24, 2016

Iran Must End State Persecution of Baha’is, Say Exiled Iranian Political Figures

Iran Must End State Persecution of Baha’is, Say Exiled Iranian Political Figures In the wake of the intense criticism by Iranian officials and religious leaders of Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, for her meeting with Baha’i leader Fariba Kamalabadi, several exiled Iranian political figures have publicly voiced their condemnation of the persecution of Baha’is in Iran. Faezeh Hashemi, a former MP from […]... read more
May 19, 2016

Iran Judiciary Vows to Punish Former President’s Daughter for Upholding Baha’i Rights

Iran Judiciary Vows to Punish Former President’s Daughter for Upholding Baha’i Rights Faezeh Hashemi, Daughter of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Criticized for Meeting with Baha’i Leader A high-ranking member of the Iranian Judiciary has said that action will be taken against Faezeh Hashemi, the outspoken daughter of prominent former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, following her meeting with Baha’i leader Fariba Kamalabadi and other well-known civil rights activists […]... read more
May 16, 2016

Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Slapped with New Charges Upon Completing Sentence

Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Slapped with New Charges Upon Completing Sentence Mohammad Ali Taheri, an imprisoned spiritual leader who was supposed to be freed more than two months ago after completing a five-year prison sentence, has again been charged with “corruption on earth,” as well as membership in a banned militant Marxist organization. His sister told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the […]... read more
May 6, 2016

Baha’i Victim of Land Confiscation by Iranian Government Speaks Out

Baha’i Victim of Land Confiscation by Iranian Government Speaks Out Complaints Ignored by Rouhani Administration Last year, 50 hectares (123.5 acres) of farm land were confiscated by the Iranian government from Ziaollah Motearefi, who had legally purchased the land, simply because he is a follower of the Baha’i faith. Now the government is trying to take what’s left of his land, which includes office and […]... read more
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? In this new video, the Campaign asks Iranians from all walks of life inside and outside Iran to share their hopes and expectations of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani for the New Persian year.... 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