Friday, August 15, 2008

Another Powerful Video on the Persecution of Baha'is

MidEast Youth and the Muslim Network for Baha'i Rights have just released another powerful video about the distressful escalation of the persecution of Baha'is in Iran and Egypt.

The following is a press release announcing the publication of this video:

Safeguard The Innocent: Video in Defense of the Baha'i Minority

"I will not stand by while my neighbors are denied basic human rights just because they are Baha'is"'s Censeo
Productions and announce the release of their new video defending the rights of the Baha'i minority.

How many times have you heard people ask, where are the Muslim voices against discrimination and oppression? Here is your chance to write about a group of Middle Eastern youth who have come together in defense of minorities within their communities and to practice dialogue with one another. Their most recent effort is the creation of a video to bring attention to the rights of the Baha'is: a religious minority that has often found itself persecuted in predominantly Muslim countries.

Nowhere is the persecution worse than in Iran and Egypt where they have been denied basic rights and seen their sacred places destroyed and vandalized. In Iran, where the Baha'i Faith first emerged, Baha'i schools are shut down, leaders of the faith are arrested, executed, or harassed, and Baha'is are denied the right to higher education. In Egypt, Baha'is are not given identity papers, thus preventing them from attaining the basic rights of citizenship.

A group of predominantly Muslim youth have banded together to speak out against the discrimination. They formed a website,, which catalogues abuses against Baha'is and have now released a video which uses images from the film Persepolis to make a powerful statement against the persecution of the Baha'is. Their first video, called "Egyptian Tourism Ad," which edited a popular TV advertisement into an awareness campaign for the condition of Baha'is in Egypt, has been written about in a prominent Egyptian paper, Al Masry Al Yowm.
"When minorities are not given their rights, how can we ever expect to exercise our own?" says Kawthar Muhaib, a member of the Muslim Network for Baha'i Rights.

Watch the video here:

For more information contact:
Esra'a Al Shafei, Director,,
Kawthar Muhaib, Project Coordinator,,

More about our efforts to defend the rights of the Baha'i minority:

BBC Persian:

Muslim Arab Youth Defend Baha'i Rights: in the Press:


  1. Many thanks for drawing this to our attention. It is a very powerful video.

  2. Very compelling video!!!

    Highly recommended

  3. Timely and wonderful video for the sad situation of many people who defy the odds every single day of their lives!

    Thanks to M-E Youth for producing this video and to Bilo for bringing it to the attention of many people.

  4. Another excellent piece of work from the Mid East Youth. You are new heroes of human rights and proof positive that Islam and human rights can co-exist.


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