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Baha'is accuse Iran of stoking hatred in mediaupdated: Sat Oct 22 2011 13:09:00

Iranian media outlets have "systematically stirred up" widespread contempt toward the country's 300,000-strong Baha'i religious minority, the group says.

For Baha'i educators, a lesson in power from Iranupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 05:54:00

The three Iranian security officers rang the doorbell, politely informed the man of his arrest, thoroughly searched the house, confiscated high-tech gear and books, and whisked him away to the nation's notorious Evin Prison.

Iran sentences Baha'i aide to Nobel laureate to 2 years in jailupdated: Sat Oct 02 2010 14:02:00

A Baha'i assistant of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has been sentenced to two years in prison in Iran, the semi-official Mashregh news website said Saturday.

Sentences for Iran's Baha'i leaders reportedly reducedupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 13:49:00

Prison sentences for seven Baha'i leaders in Iran have reportedly been reduced from 20 to 10 years, the Baha'i International Community learned Thursday.

Better treatment urged for Iranian prisoners on hunger strikeupdated: Sat Aug 07 2010 14:31:00

Human rights groups urged Iran to stop alleged abuses of 17 political prisoners who have been on hunger strike since the end of July to protest deteriorating conditions at Tehran's notorious Evin prison.

State Department criticizes Iran for persecuting religious minoritiesupdated: Sat Mar 13 2010 02:10:00

The State Department condemned Iran's persecution of religious minorities on Friday following the Iranian authorities' detention of Baha'is and Christians in recent months.

Trial underway for Baha'i leaders in Iranupdated: Tue Jan 12 2010 12:40:00

Seven leaders of Iran's Baha'i minority went on trial in Tehran Tuesday accused of spying for Israel, a charge their supporters say is motivated by religious discrimination.

Amid turmoil, Iran set to try 7 Baha'i leadersupdated: Sat Jan 09 2010 07:54:00

A trial for seven Iranian Baha'is that has come to symbolize the persecution of followers of the faith is set to unfold next week with added controversy and global attention.

For many, December's a dilemmaupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 15:06:00

As Christmas season went into full swing this year, Glen Fullmer's 7-year-old son came home from school with an assignment: Make a poster illustrating his family holiday traditions.

Stop religious persecution in Iranupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 07:43:00

Why is Rainn Wilson, "Dwight" on "The Office," writing a news commentary for CNN? Good question.

Commentary: Stop religious persecution in Iranupdated: Fri Oct 23 2009 21:09:00

Why is Rainn Wilson, "Dwight" on "The Office," writing a news commentary for CNN? Good question.

Commentary: When Baha'is are free, then all Iranians will beupdated: Wed Sep 16 2009 15:37:00

In their latest communique regarding the fate of seven arrested members of the Baha'i religious minority in Iran, Amnesty International has expressed grave concern they may face the death penalty if they are found guilty of the charges of "espionage for Israel," "insulting religious sanctities," and "propaganda against the system."

Lawyer: Iran has no evidence against Baha'i prisonersupdated: Sun Aug 16 2009 03:54:00

Iran should release seven Baha'i prisoners accused of espionage because it does not have any evidence against them, their lawyer Shirin Ebadi told CNN on Saturday.

Trial of Baha'i prisoners set for Tuesdayupdated: Sat Aug 15 2009 23:03:00

The trial of seven Baha'i prisoners accused of espionage in Iran will begin on Tuesday, despite that one of their lawyers is now behind bars and the other is outside the country, state-run media reported Saturday.

Reports: Baha'is trial due to start next week in Iranupdated: Thu Aug 13 2009 06:57:00

Iran reportedly plans next week to put on trial seven Baha'i prisoners accused of espionage, even though one of their lawyers has become a fellow detainee and the other is outside the country.

Reports: Trial of Baha'is delayed in Iranupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 02:25:00

A death-penalty trial of seven Baha'i prisoners accused of spying for Israel has been delayed, Iranian officials have told family members, according to the U.S. Baha'i Office of External Affairs.

U.S. panel demands release of Baha'is facing trial in Iranupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 07:34:00

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.

Baha'is say jailed leaders in Iran face harsh new accusationupdated: Thu May 14 2009 14:50:00

Seven Baha'i leaders jailed in Iran face a possible new accusation that could lead to the death penalty, the religious group said Thursday, and a major human rights group has called for their release.

Religious leaders face spying charges in Iranupdated: Thu Feb 19 2009 06:25:00

Seven imprisoned leaders of the Baha'i faith in Iran have been accused of espionage and will face court hearings within a week, a judicial spokesman said Wednesday.

Iranian professionals post public apology to Baha'isupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 19:47:00

A group of Iranian intellectuals released a public apology this week for what they say is a long history of the country's mistreatment of members of the Baha'i faith.

Iranian media report Baha'i missionary arrestsupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 16:42:00

Iranian authorities have reportedly arrested several women for doing missionary work for the Baha'is, the religious group whose persecution by the Islamic republic has been condemned by human rights activists and governments around the globe.

Iran: Religious minority reports arson attacksupdated: Tue Jul 29 2008 12:36:00

Iran's Baha'i community -- a religious minority that has faced persecution in the Islamic republic -- is reporting a string of arson attacks targeting homes and vehicles.

Bahais detained in Iran contact familiesupdated: Thu Jun 19 2008 14:48:00

Seven Bahai leaders detained by Iranian authorities have contacted their families for the first time since their arrest more than a month ago, the Bahai movement said Thursday.

Iran 'plans to destroy Baha'i community'updated: Thu May 22 2008 11:49:00

A top Baha'i official has criticized Iran's claim that the six imprisoned leaders of the religious minority were held for security reasons and not because of their faith.

Iran's arrest of Baha'is condemnedupdated: Sat May 17 2008 09:16:00

Six Baha'i leaders in Iran were seized and imprisoned this week, the religious group said. The act prompted condemnation and concern from the movement and a top American religious freedom panel.

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