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09/23/09 - "Crime" of being Baha'i is paid in jail
(23 September 2009) Iran: Islamic Regime denies citizenship rights to a community of 300 thousand members.

The seven leaders of the largest religious minority in Iran – five men and two women – have been held for more than a year without trial.  Some charges carry the punishment of death, but the regime knows that they are innocent.

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09/18/09 -Roundup of events concerning Baha'is in Iran.
As previously reported, the seven Baha'i leaders (Yaran, or Friends) in Iran who have been imprisoned for over a year were scheduled to stand trial before an Islamic court October 18th. As of press time, there has been no news concerning the seven leaders, however,  Iran Press Watch has reported that two more Baha'is have been arrested recently . The Sacramento Baha'i Examiner will continue to update information concerning the Baha'is in Iran as soon as the news becomes available. >>

08/15/09 -BBC NEWS: IRAN BAHA'IS FACE ESPIONAGE TRAIL
(BBC) Seven members of the Bahai faith in Iran are to go on trial on Tuesday on charges of spying for Israel and of "insulting sanctities". >>

 


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News agencies and Human Rights Organizations around the world are reporting on the persecution of the Baha'i Seven, here we will bring you a collection of articles to help shed light on this subject and provide background information.

Because of the limited information leaving Iran on these prisoners of conscience we would appreciate any help you can offer. If you hear or read anything that can be confirmed please contact me.

 

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Trial of seven Baha'is delayed, no new date set

18 OCTOBER 2009. GENEVA — Although the trial of seven Baha'i leaders imprisoned in Iran for more than 17 months was scheduled for today, when attorneys and families arrived at the court offices in Tehran they were told it would not take place. No new trial date was given.

"The time has come for these seven innocent people to be immediately released on bail," said Diane Ala'i, the Baha'i International Community's representative to the United Nations in Geneva.

"The seven, whose only 'crime' is their religious belief, are once again in legal limbo, held with no idea of the legal process ahead of them. The whole charade cries out for an end to their unlawful detention," she said.

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Voice of america: basic freedoms violated in iran

21 SEPTEMBER 2009. Their trial date has been set for October 18th. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom all charge that the 7 Baha'is are being targeted solely because of their religious beliefs and have called on the Iranian government to release them.   Read More >>


amnesty international call for urgent action

13 AUGUST 2009. Seven members of Iran’s Baha’i religious community may face the death penalty at a trial that could begin around 18 August. They have not had any contact with their lawyers, and it is unlikely that their trial will be fair. They are prisoners of conscience, held for their beliefs. Read More >>

 

Los angeles times, iran: a glimpse into the baha'i seven's coming trial

12 SEPTEMBER 2009. A trial date has been set for seven leaders of the Bahai community in Iran who have been detained in Tehran’s Evin Prison since the spring of 2008, one of their lawyers said. Read More >>

 

CNN.COM: U.S. PANEL DEMANDS RELEASE OF BAHA'IS FACING TRIAL IN IRAN

(CNN) --10 JULY 2009. Seven Baha'i prisoners face a death-penalty trial Saturday in Iran amid calls for their release from a U.S. panel on religious freedom. Read More >>

 

20/20 TV SHOW ON THE PERSECUTION OF IRAN BAHA'IS

20/20 TV show on the persecution of Iran Baha'is originally aired in 1983. Ramna Mahmoudi is one of the Baha'is interviewed in this segment. Watch Video >>