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Baha'i persecution

BBC Radio 4: Sunday - Religious news and current affairs

"The Bahá'í Faith is native to Iran but members of the religion have long been persecuted; denied education and even executed for their beliefs. The Islamic Republic does not recognise the faith and instead regards it as a pro-British political organisation. And now the United Nations has released a letter suggesting a concerted effort, encouraged by the Supreme Leader, to monitor and identify those who belong to it. The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Asma Jahangir, said she was highly concerned by the letter and considers such monitoring an unacceptable interference with the rights of the members of religious communities. Barney Leith is the external affairs representative for the UK Bahá'í community."

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54 Baha'is arrested in Iran

 
 
Three of the Baha'í youth arrested in Shiraz, 19 May 2006.
NEW YORK, 24 May 2006 (BWNS) -- Iranian officials have arrested 54 Baha'is in the city of Shiraz, the Baha'i International Community has learned. They are mostly youth and were all engaged in humanitarian service when they were arrested. It is one of the largest number of Baha'is taken at once since the 1980s. The specific charges are not clear, though in the past, Baha'is have been arrested summarily on false charges.
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Reports are coming in that the Baha'i youth are being released.