human rights

Baha’i leaders make second court appearance

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GENEVA — Seven imprisoned Baha'i leaders appeared in court today in Iran for a second session of their trial. The session was once again closed, and family members were not permitted in the courtroom, the Baha'i International Community has learned. The hearing, which lasted just over one hour, does not seem to have gone beyond [...]

World reacts to the trial of the seven Baha’i leaders

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GENEVA — Iran's decision to begin the trial yesterday of seven Baha'i leaders has triggered a strong international reaction, including a call by Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi for their immediate release and ultimate acquittal. "If justice is to be carried out and an impartial judge should investigate the charges leveled against my clients, no other [...]

Trial of seven Baha’i leaders in Iran looms

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GENEVA — Recent developments in Iran have raised grave concern about the ultimate fate of the seven Baha'i leaders who are scheduled to go on trial next Tuesday. "The Baha'i community in Iran has all too often been subjected to campaigns of vilification and false charges devised to deflect the attention of a disquieted population [...]

Time lists Baha’is in “Top 10 Everything”

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Time Magazine recently published its list of "The Top 10 Everything of 2009." Among the "Top 10 Religion Stories" was the plight of the Baha'i prisoners in Iran. Held by the Iranian government without charges and without access to their attorneys, these seven Baha'i leaders have been in prison for more than a year. Read [...]

U.S. Senate passes 11th resolution condemning the persecution of Baha’is in Iran

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On December 1, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent a resolution condemning the state-sponsored persecution of Baha'is in Iran, the country's largest religious minority. Human rights violations against the Iranian Baha'i community have increased since 2005, including the incarceration of Baha'i leaders in Evin prison eighteen months ago. S.Res.71 is a concurrent resolution to [...]

UN resolution on Iran sends powerful message on human rights

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20 November 2009 UNITED NATIONS — The approval today of a strongly worded resolution on human rights in Iran sends a powerful signal to the Iranian government that the world is gravely concerned about how Iran treats its citizens, said the Baha'i International Community. The resolution, approved by a vote of 74 to 48 by [...]

Universal Declaration of Human Rights – 61st Anniversary

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This year marks the 61st Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United Nations Association of the United States, Oregon Division invites you to celebrate at the Human Rights Day Event on Sunday, December 6, 2009.