The seven Iranian Baha’i leaders who formerly looked after the needs of Iran’s Baha’i community.

Trial of Iran’s seven Baha’i leaders

Feature articles

A selection of articles exploring the background to the arrest, trial and conviction of Iran’s seven Baha’i leaders.

Violations of legal procedures

Under international law, the seven Baha’i leaders initially sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Iran should never have been arrested in the first place.

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Innocent of all charges

The charges leveled against the seven Baha’i leaders reflect the depth of animosity and prejudice directed towards them — as well as a degree of ignorance regarding the basic principles and history of the Baha’i Faith.

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The Baha’i Institute of Higher Education

Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, hundreds of Baha’i students who had entered university have been expelled. Thousands of others have been deprived from entering in the first place. The reason for their expulsions, or non-admittance, has been solely their membership of the Baha’i Faith.

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Inside Evin prison

For more than two years, the seven Baha’i leaders were held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. During her own incarceration, journalist Roxana Saberi shared a cell for three weeks in early 2009 with the two women Baha’i prisoners, Fariba Kamalabadi and Mahvash Sabet.

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The trial of an entire community

The verdict issued against the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders is in reality a verdict against an entire religious community.

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The 1991 memorandum on “The Baha’i Question”

Iran’s anti-Baha’i activities are a deliberate government policy. That evidence came in the form of a secret memorandum, which had been drawn up by the Iranian Supreme Revolutionary Cultural Council (ISRCC) in 1991, prepared at the request of the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the then President of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

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Open letter to Iran’s Prosecutor General

On 4 March 2009, the Baha’i International Community issued an open letter to Iran's prosecutor general outlining the tragic history of the persecution of Baha’is in Iran. The letter explained their innocence in the face of accusations made by the government, and asking for fairness in any upcoming trial of the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders then being held in Evin prison.

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