human rights

Martin Luther King Day Celebration


Taking Action for Social Justice: “A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart!” This year’s Martin Luther King Day Celebration will feature: Keynote speaker: Oregon State Senator Suzanne Bonamici Beaverton Human Rights Advisory Commission’s Human Rights Creative Expression Contest winners “Everyday Hero” award presentation by the Inter-Religious Action Network: Bob Leitner, Habitat for Humanity/Bethel United Church [...]

Senate resolution condemns Iran for religious persecution | Persecution of Bahá’ís in Iran


On December 3, U.S. Senator Sam Brownback introduced a resolution condemning Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of religious minorities and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights. “We are deeply grateful to Senator Brownback and all those who have contributed to a strong legacy of U.S. congressional support for international religious freedom,” [...]

Open letter speaks out for the rights of all Iranians


NEW YORK — In an open letter to the head of Iran’s Judiciary, the Baha’i International Community today contrasted the country’s persecution of Baha’is with Iran’s own call for Muslim minorities to be treated fairly in other countries. “We…request that the Baha’is in that country be granted their full rights of citizenship, in order that [...]

Persecution of Baha’is in Iran “Crime of the Century”


On July 30, 2008, Congressman Mark Kirk spoke on the House floor in support of his resolution, H.Res. 1008, condemning the persecution of Baha’is in Iran. The resolution was overwhelmingly passed by the House. Currently the seven leaders of the Iranian Baha’i community are still in prison. Learn more about the persecution of the Baha’is [...]

The People With No Camel


“The People With No Camel,” by Roya Movafegh, weaves two journeys of freedom: a 10 year old girl flees Iran with her family to escape the persecutions they face as Bahá’is–and a woman’s quest to save her forest turns into her own spiritual journey. Learn more about the book.

Iranian Baha’i refugee recounts journey to freedom in new novel

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October 25, 2010 Even as a child, Roya Movafegh knew her story had to be told—a family’s perilous journey through the Pakistani desert, fleeing religious persecution in Iran. As Bahá’ís, there was no question what their fate would be if they were discovered and returned to Iran, where more than 200 Bahá’ís were killed in [...]