Saturday, February 14, 2009

US Congressmen Submit H. Res. 175 Condemning Iran's Government

Yesterday, several U.S. Congressmen submitted House Resolution 175 condemning the Government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.

The complete text of the resolution can be seen at this link....

Furthermore, as excerpted below, the official website of the Baha'is of United States is providing the latest updates on the progress of the current serious crisis facing the Baha'is of Iran. These posts provide the reader with links to governmental agencies & NGOs, media coverage and blog postings.

Baha'i Leaders on Trial - The Latest!

The trial of the seven leaders of the Baha’i Faith in Iran could take place as early as this today, Sunday or Monday. They have been charged with spying for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic republic. These charges are unfounded and no evidence against them has been brought to light. The Baha’i leaders have been held for nearly a year in Evin prison, denied access to their attorney, the Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi.

A summary of all U.S. Government and NGO statements is listed on this post along with all media and blog coverage on the issue.

Statements by U.S. Government and NGOs

U.S. Condemns religious persecution in Iran
Voice of America - February 14, 2009

House Resolution - H.Res. 175 - on the Baha’is in Iran
February 13, 2009

State Department condemns Iranian government’s charges against Baha’is
February 13, 2009

USCIRF calls for justice for Baha’i prisoners in Iran
Statement from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Congressional Record - February 11, 2009
Representative Frank R. Wolf expressed concern over the upcoming trial of the seven Baha’i leaders

Amnesty International Urgent Action
Amnesty International has launched an urgent action update exclusively devoted to the latest news about the Baha’i leaders in Iran.

Institute condemns charges and upcoming trial against the Baha’i leaders in Iran
The Institute for Religion and Public Policy issued this statement on February 12, 2009

Baha’i “Spying” Case Strikes New Blow Against Religious Freedom in Iran
Freedom House strongly condemns the Iranian government’s decision to try 7 Baha’is next week

Media Coverage

February 12, 2009
World Briefing - Middle East - Iran - 7 Bahais to Face Trial
The New York Times

Baha’i Leaders In Iran Charged With Spying For Israel
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, Czech Republic

Iran Announces Trial of Baha’i Leadership
7thSpace Interactive

Baha’i Leaders In Iran Charged With Spying For Israel
Payvand, Iran

February 11, 2009

Iran to try Bahais for spying for Israel

Agence France Presse - AFP

Iran charges 7 members of Baha’i faith with spying for Israel
Ha’aretz, Israel

Iran vows to try 7 Baha’i leaders as spies
Times Colonist, Canada

Obama’s Two Iran Tests
Michael Rubin in the corner of The National Review Online

Iran to try Bahais for spying for Israel
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland

Iran to try seven Baha’is for “spying” for Israel

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