USA Senate Passes a New Resolution Condemning the Repression of Iranian Baha’i

Tweet Rubio, Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Condemning Repression of Iranian Baha’i APR 28 2021 Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ron Wyden, (D-OR), Dick Durbin, (D-IL), and John Boozman, (R-AR) introduced a resolution condemning the Iranian regime for persecuting the 300,000 members of the Baha’i faith. … Continue reading

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Nooshin Hakimi, a Baha’i in Iran was Arrested and Imprisoned

بهائیان در آئینه مطبوعاتثبت تعقیب و آزار جامعه بهائیان ایران با ارائه اسناد و مدارکSearch

نوشین حکیمی، شهروند بهایی به زندان بندرعباس منتقل شد

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خبرگزاری هرانا – نوشین حکیمی (نوح نژاد)، شهروند بهایی ساکن شهرستان بندر لنگه دیروز جمعه ۲۹ آذرماه با پایان مراحل بازجویی از بازداشتگاه اداره اطلاعات این شهر به زندان بندرعباس منتقل شد. خانم حکیمی روز شنبه ۲۳ آذرماه توسط نیروهای امنیتی بازداشت شده بود.

به گزارش خبرگزاری هرانا، ارگان خبری مجموعه فعالان حقوق بشر در ایران، دیروز جمعه ۲۹ آذرماه ۱۳۹۸، نوشین حکیمی (نوح نژاد)، شهروند بهایی ساکن شهرستان بندر لنگه با پایان مراحل بازجویی به زندان بندرعباس منتقل شد.

خانم حکیمی طی یک تماس تلفنی با خانواده خود از تعیین قرار وثیقه برای آزادی موقت خود خبر داده است.
این شهروند بهایی روز شنبه ۲۳ آذرماه توسط نیروهای امنیتی بازداشت و به بازداشتگاه اداره اطلاعات شهرستان بندرلنگه منتقل شده بود.

ماموران امنیتی در زمان بازداشت منزل این شهروند را مورد بازرسی قرار داده و برخی وسایل شخصی ازجمله تلفن همراه و کتاب‌های او را ضبط کرده و با خود برده بودند.

از اتهامات مطروحه علیه خانم حکیمی (نوح نژاد) تا لحظه تنظیم این گزارش اطلاعی در دست نیست.
شهروندان بهایی در ایران از آزادی‌های مرتبط به باورهای دینی محروم هستند، این محرومیت سیستماتیک در حالی است که طبق ماده ۱۸ اعلامیه جهانی حقوق بشر و ماده ۱۸ میثاق بین‌المللی حقوق مدنی و سیاسی هر شخصی حق دارد از آزادی دین و تغییر دین با اعتقاد و همچنین آزادی اظهار آن به طور فردی یا جمعی و به طور علنی یا در خفا برخوردار باشد.
بر اساس منابع غیررسمی در ایران بیش از سیصد هزار نفر بهایی وجود دارد اما قانون اساسی ایران فقط اسلام، مسیحیت، یهودیت و زرتشتی گری را به رسمیت شناخته و بهائیت را به رسمیت نمی‌شناسد. به همین دلیل طی سالیان گذشته همواره حقوق بهائیان در ایران به صورت سیستماتیک نقض شده است.

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With my thanks to Iran Press for speaking up for the meek, brave and innocent Baha’is of Iran.


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Sahba Farnoush Sentenced to Sixteen Years in Prison

Iran Press WatchDocumenting the Persecution of the Bahai Community in Iran

Sahba Farnoush Sentenced to Sixteen Years in Prison

January 12, 2020 , editor , Leave a comment


Translation by Iran Press Watch

Sahba Farnoush with his family
Sahba Farnoush with his family

HRANA News Agency – Baha’i resident Sahba Farnoush was sentenced to sixteen years in prison by Judge Iman Afshari, the head of Branch 4 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court. Mr. Farnoush was notified of the sentence in recent days. He was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence in November 2016 and later released on bail until the completion of proceedings.

On November 15, 2015, agents of Ministry of Intelligence raided Mr. Farnoush’s home in Tehran. They broke down the door, searched the entire premises, and seized a number of personal belongings, including his laptop and cellphone. They then arrested Mr. Farnoush and had him transferred to Evin prison. After more than four weeks, Mr. Farnoush was finally released from Evin Prison on December 23, 2015, on a temporary bail of $66,000.

Sahba Farnoush is approximately 45 years old, is married and has two children.

It is noteworthy that on that same Sunday morning, November 15, 2015, at least fifteen other Baha’i citizens were arrested by security forces in Tehran, Isfahan and Mashhad.

This is not the first time this family has experienced harassment by Iranian authorities. Thirty-nine years ago, on October 31, 1980 Hashim Farnoush, the father of Sahba Farnoush, was arrested on charges of membership in the Baha’i community of Karaj and executed by firing squad at Evin Prison on June 22, 1981. Mr. Farnoush’s properties were confiscated at the same time. Sahba Farnoush was 5 years old at the time.

Baha’i citizens in Iran are denied freedom of religious beliefs, a systematic exclusion, despite Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which state that everyone has the right to freedom of religion and religious conversion based on conviction, and the freedom to express it individually or collectively and in public or in private.

According to unofficial sources in Iran, there are more than 300,000 Baha’is in the country. The Iranian Constitution recognizes only the religions of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism. It does not recognize the Baha’i Faith, which has been used to justify many the systematic violation of the rights of Baha’i Citizens under the current regime.”

My deepest gratitude to Iran Press for shining the light on the acts of injustice and violations of human rights in Iran.


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The Baha’is of Iran Celebrate in Unity.

The Baha’is of Iran witness what Abdu’l-Baha has taught them, freedom is from within.

They are celebrating before the whole world that ultimate victory is won by spiritual powers of love, unity, patience. Real victory is Victory Over Evil Through Perseverance, Patience and Aligning Themselves with God’s Will for all mankind! That will today is achieving the oneness of all humanity.

It is the Islamic government of Iran who has been in the prison of hate, violations of human rights, and fighting the Cause of God, all be it in vain! I pray they wake up!!

Mr. Naeimi is one of many angels who will testify before God, of the injustices perpetrated by the Islamic Regime of Iran in the name of Islam and Muhammad weeps at what atrocities is inflicted on the innocent people of Iran http://Afif Naeimi, the last member of former #Yaran group, ended his prison term today. Yet, Iran’s persecution of the Baha’is continues. #Iran #Bahai #humanrights #AfifNaeimiin His holy name1! What a shame!

The Islamic Republic of Iran, has systematically done everything in its power to decapitate the angelic Baha’i community of Iran, Little do they know ….

Little do they know that although these angels have their feet on the ground but their reality is of a different nature. ” They live in the world but are not of it, their thoughts being continually in the world of the spirit.”They live to follow Abdu’l-Baha, the true example of the Baha’i life who spent much of His 80 years of life in prison and exile at the hands of Persian Empire and Ottoman Empire but Abdu’l-Baha said, he was never in prison since the only prison is the prison of self.

All the Saints that shine in the history of society had to pass through tribulations. Their form was various but their effect has always been the same, namely, the purification of our heart and soul for receiving the light of God.  (Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 203-204)

Saints are men who have freed themselves from the world of matter and who have overcome sin.

They live in the world but are not of it, their thoughts being continually in the world of the spirit.

Their lives are spent in holiness, and their deeds show forth love, justice and godliness.

They are illumined from on high; they are as bright and shining lamps in the dark places of the earth. These are the saints of God.

The apostles, who were the disciples of Jesus Christ, were just as other men are; they, like their fellows, were attracted by the things of the world, and each thought only of his own advantage. They knew little of justice, nor were the Divine perfections found in their midst. But when they followed Christ and believed in Him, their ignorance gave place to understanding, cruelty was changed to justice, falsehood to truth, darkness into light. They had been worldly, they became spiritual and divine. They had been children of darkness, they became sons of God, they became saints! Strive therefore to follow in their steps, leaving all worldly things behind, and striving to attain to the Spiritual Kingdom.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 60-61)

The people of Iran have discovered the power of this light shining from the faces of their Baha’i neighbors and gradually rising to the blessed occasion of seeking the company of the Baha’i community. This gradually developing discernment and discovery of the angelic nature of the Baha’i community of Iran is what frightens the Islamic government of Iran the most!!

Baha’u’llah’s teachings was taught through the  towing character of Abdu’l-Baha as He himself braved the journey of exile and imprisonment for over 40 years. He invited the believers saying: “Look at me, follow me, be as I am.” The Baha’is of Iran have this high goal at the center of their minds and hearts. May they achieve it.

“Therefore I say unto you that ye should strive to follow the counsels of these Blessed Books, and so order your lives that ye may, following the examples set before you, become yourselves the saints of the Most High! ” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 200)

Shoghi Effendi warns the people of the world of the dark consequences of disregard for the divine council for humanity by Baha’u’llah. He urges you to make up your minds to do great, great deeds for the Faith; the condition of the world is steadily growing worse, and your generation must provide the saints, heroes, martyrs and administrators of future years. With dedication and will power you can rise to great heights.  (Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 629)

The task before the Baha’is is monumental and leaves no time for distraction.

“He maketh victorious whomsoever He pleaseth, through the potency of His behest. He is in truth the Powerful, the Almighty. Unto Him pertaineth all glory and majesty in the kingdoms of Revelation and Creation and whatever lieth between them. Verily He is the Potent, the All-Glorious. From everlasting He hath been the Source of indomitable strength and shall remain so unto everlasting. He is indeed the Lord of might and power. All the kingdoms of heaven and earth and whatever is between them are God’s, and His power is supreme over all things. All the treasures of earth and heaven and everything between them are His, and His protection extendeth over all things. He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth and whatever lieth between them and He truly is a witness over all things. He is the Lord of Reckoning for all that dwell in the heavens and on earth and whatever lieth between them, and truly God is swift to reckon. He setteth the measure assigned to all who are in the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them. Verily He is the Supreme Protector. He holdeth in His grasp the keys of heaven and earth and of everything between them. At His Own pleasure doth He bestow gifts, through the power of His command. Indeed His grace encompasseth all and He is the All-Knowing.” Prayers and Meditations of Baha’u’llah

My hat is off to the brave Baha’i community of Iran.


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Surge in persecution of Baha’is across Iran raises alarm

The Baha’i International Community shares the distressing news of

Surge in persecution of Baha’is across Iran raises alarm


I hope the status of this meek and peace loving canary (The Baha’i community of Iran), in the mine captures the attention of the whole world specially  the ones in the media who care about their own air and ability to stay alive.

Baha’is of Iran are indeed the canary in a suffocating mine. Does any one care?!!!

International Baha’i Community further reports that:

More than 20 Baha’is have been arrested in various cities in the provinces of Tehran, Isfahan, Mazandaran, and East Azerbaijan in the last two weeks alone. Over 90 Baha’is currently remain imprisoned in Iran.

Up to a dozen Baha’is have in recent days also received discriminatory and harsh court verdicts across the country. Nine Baha’is in Isfahan were falsely charged with “membership in the unlawful administration of the perverse Baha’i sect for the purpose of action against internal security” as well as “engaging in propaganda against the regime of the Islamic Republic” based on various absurd pretexts, including praying with others. The nine Bahá’ís were served a combined sentence of over 40 years of imprisonment.

Over a dozen Baha’i-run businesses were shut down by the authorities in Khoramshahr, Ahvaz and Abadan in Khuzestan province this month in connection with the owners closing their shops temporarily to mark two major Baha’i holy days.

In some instances, shopkeepers notified the authorities in advance that they would be closing their shops for the holy days. The authorities consequently sealed their shops before the holy days took place. In other cases, after their shops were sealed, the business owners sought to rectify the injustice by approaching the appropriate authorities. Instead of unsealing their shops, they were presented with a court summons on the basis that they had closed their businesses to celebrate their holy days—despite the fact that Iranian labour laws state that shop owners may lawfully close their businesses for 15 days in a year without providing reasons for doing so.

Hundreds of shopkeepers across Iran have had their businesses shut down by the authorities in recent years for temporarily closing them to observe Baha’i holy days. Many of these shops remain sealed to this day, depriving their owners of earning a livelihood for their families and creating severe economic and humanitarian hardship.

Persecution against the Baha’i community also extended to cemeteries and burials. Most recently, the body of a Baha’i that had been laid to rest by her family in a Baha’i cemetery was subsequently exhumed by the local authorities—the fourth case of exhumation experienced by the Baha’is at this same location in recent years.

“These latest actions by the authorities are deeply concerning and mark an escalation of pressure against the Iranian Baha’i community, including through economic, social, cultural and educational discrimination,” said Diane Ala’i, Representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations.

“Despite all evidence to the contrary, Iranian authorities repeatedly and brazenly deny targeting Baha’is due to their religious beliefs, but this has no credibility in the international community. Indeed, last week, the international community delivered a strong signal to the Iranian officials by adopting a resolution at a committee of the UN General Assembly, and yet, the government continues to flagrantly violate international norms and standards as well as to contradict its own laws,” Ms. Ala’i added.

افزایش نگرانکننده فشارھا بر بھائیان در سرتاسر ایران

بھ تائید جامعھ جھانی بھائی، در چند ھفتھ اخیر، بھائیان ایران تنھا بھ دلیل باورھای دینی خود با موج جدیدی از سرکوب شدید از جملھ دستگیری، احکام ناعادلانۀ قضایی و بستھ شدن مغازهھایشان روبرو شدهاند. تنھا در دو ھفتھ گذشتھ، بیش از ۲۰ بھائی در شھرھای مختلف استانھای تھران، اصفھان، آذربایجان شرقی و مازندران دستگیر شدهاند. در حال حاضر بیش از ۹۰ بھائی زندانی ھستند. ھمچنین، در روزھای اخیر تعدادی از بھائیان در سرتاسر کشور احکامی سنگین و ناعادلانھ دریافت کردهاند. ۹ بھائی در اصفھان بھ بھانھھای واھی از جملھ شرکت در جلسات دعا بھ «عضویت در تشکیلات غیرقانونی فرقھ ضالھ بھائی بھ قصد اقدام علیھ امنیت داخلی» و «فعالیت تبلیغی علیھ نظام جمھوری اسلامی» محکوم شدهاند. این ۹ نفر در مجموع بھ بیش از ۴۰ سال زندان محکوم شدهاند. در اوائل این ماه، چندین مغازه و محل کار بھائیان در شھرھای خرمشھر، اھواز و آبادان بھ دلیل تعطیلی اعیاد بھائی پلمب شدند. در برخی از موارد، صاحبان مغازه از قبل بھ مقامات اطلاع داده بودند کھ مغازهھایشان در اعیاد بھائی تعطیل خواھند بود اما مسئولان بھ جای صدور اجازه، قبل از فرا رسیدن این اعیاد مغازهھا را پلمب کردند. در سایر موارد، مغازهداران پس از پلمب اماکن کسب و کارشان برای رسیدگی بھ این بیعدالتی نزد مسئولان مربوطھ رفتند اما بھ جای دریافت مجوز برای باز کردن مغازهھایشان با حکم احضار بھ دادگاه مواجھ شدند. این در حالی است کھ طبق قانون نظام صنفی کشور، ھر صاحب کسبی اجازه دارد ۱۵ روز از سال را بدون اطلاع دادن بھ اداره نظارت بر اماکن تعطیل کند . مسئولان در سالھای اخیر، مغازهھای صدھا بھائی را بھ دلیل تعطیلی در اعیاد دینی آنھا پلمب کردهاند. بسیاری از این مغازهھا تا بھ امروز ھمچنان پلمب ھستند و مغازه داران و خانوادهھایشان از تأمین معاش خود محروم شده و با مشکلات اقتصادی فراوان مواجھند. سرکوب جامعھ بھائی بھ قبرستانھا و دفن اموات نیز کشیده شده است. در آخرین مورد، جسد یک بھائی کھ توسط خانوادهاش در قبرستان بھائی دفن شده بود بھ دستور مقامات محلی نبش قبر میشود. این چھارمین مورد نبش قبر است کھ بھائیان این منطقھ در چند سال اخیر شاھد بودهاند. خانم دیان علائی، نمایندۀ جامعھ جھانی بھائی در سازمان ملل میگوید: «اقدامات اخیر مسئولان، بسیار نگران کننده است و نشان دھندۀ افزایش فشار بر جامعھ بھائی ایران از جملھ تبعیضات اقتصادی، اجتماعی، فرھنگی و تحصیلی است.» ً سرکوب بھائیان بھ دلیل اعتقاداتشان را ً و علنا خانم علائی اضافھ کرد: «با وجود تمامی شواھد، مقامات ایرانی مکررا انکار میکنند اما این مسئلھ در جامعھ بینالمللی ھیچ اعتباری ندارد. ھفتۀ گذشتھ، جامعھ بینالمللی با صدور قطعنامھای در یکی از کمیتھھای مجمع عمومی سازمان ملل متحد پیام واضحی بھ مقامات ایرانی فرستاد. با این وجود دولت ایران ھمچنان آشکارا قوانین و مقررات بینالمللی را نقض میکند و حتی بر خلاف قوانین داخلی خود عمل می کند.»


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