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February 15, 2024   •   

Celebrating Unity and Tradition: Sadeh Festival Bridges Cultural and Religious Diversity

Adherents of Iran’s minority Zoroastrian celebrate Sadeh, an ancient festival that marks the end of the coldest winter days

November 9, 2023   •   

Nobel Peace Laureate Ends Hunger Strike in Iranian Prison

Serving 12 years of multiple prison sentences in Iran for her public opposition to the Islamic Republic of Iran

August 12, 2022   •   

Pressure Mounts as Iran Steps Up Persecution of Baha'i Communities

More than 100 have seen their homes raided, been arrested, or both in recent weeks.

April 2, 2022   •   

Human Rights Abuse Against the Baha'is is Driven Directly by State Authorities, UN Report States

Report by U.N. Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed on increased risk to Bahá’ís

July 8, 2021   •   

Six More Members of Iran’s Minority Bahá’í Faith Sentenced to Prison

A Revolutionary Court in Iran has sentenced six citizens of the minority Bahá’í faith to a total of 73 years and six months in prison for engaging in activities related to children’s education and promoting their religion on social media.

November 3, 2020   •   

Bahá’ís Have Been Ordered to Report to Prison Solely for Practicing Their Religion

Eight members of Iran’s banned Bahá’í community convicted of disrupting national security by practicing their faith have lost their judicial appeal to delay imprisonment.

July 17, 2020   •   

Iran Arrests Eight More Converts to Christianity in its Latest Act of Religious Persecution

Security officials have arrested eight converts to Christianity in Iran, bringing to 34 the total number of Christians arrested in the country so far this year.

June 13, 2020   •   

Persecution of Baháʼís in Iran Continues Unchecked

Prisoners of conscience of Iran’s banned Baháʼí faith, recently furloughed to alleviate overcrowding in the nation’s unsanitary jails facing COVID-19 outbreaks, are being summoned back behind bars.

September 6, 2018   •   

USCIRF Calls for the Release of Pastor Nadarkhani

Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is serving 10 years in Iran’s notorious Ervin Prison. He and three members of his congregation were arrested in July.

April 20, 2018   •   

Iran Divided Over the Right of Non-Muslims to Hold Office

Muslim and non-Muslim Iranians took to social media to express their disagreement when Zoroastrian Sepanta Niknam was suspended from his city council seat because of his religion. Niknam defeated a Muslim candidate in the election last year in Yazd, a historic city in central Iran.

March 5, 2018   •   

Baha’i Leader Believes People Can Live Together in Peace

Saeed Rezaei, 61, spent time with his family for the first time in a decade on being released from Iran’s Rajaei Shahr Prison after serving 10 years of a 20-year sentence.

January 29, 2018   •   

Baha’i Refugees Find Religious Freedom in Arizona

Praying in a private home is customary for members of the Baha’i faith. That is because in their native Iran, practicing their religion in any visible place of worship could lead to their death.

November 7, 2017   •   

Fariba Kamalabadi is the Second of the Imprisoned Baha’i Seven To Be Freed In Iran

One day, Roxana Saberi may show off the pink-and-rose colored bracelet she’s cherished for years to the woman who wove it. The bracelet had to travel through many hands and halfway across the world for four years just to get to its recipient—the most precious gift Roxana has ever received.