Representative Michael Grimm of New York speaking at a reception held on 15 February in the U.S. Capitol building to promote the passage of two Resolutions condemning Iran's human rights abuses. "We must let the Iranian government know that we are not going to tolerate the unjust persecution of the Baha'is or of any religion or of any Iranian citizen," said Representative Grimm.
At a receptionheld on 15 February in the U.S. Capitol building, Felice Gaer – a Commissioner on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom – addressed Iran's systematic demonizing of Baha'is. "We are talking about people who have been not just imprisoned but systematically turned into something not human," said Ms. Gaer.
On 16 February, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom hosted a meeting with relatives of Baha'i educators imprisoned in Iran. The Commissioner Chair, Leonard Leo, pictured, said the Commission would continue to monitor and draw attention to the plight of the Baha'i community.
On 16 February, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom hosted a visit from several Baha'is to update the commission on the status of the Baha'i community in Iran. The Commission was able to hear reports from relatives of Baha'i educators imprisoned in Iran, and from a former student and a former teacher at the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education.
A conference held on 9 February in Sofia, Bulgaria, explored Iran's effort to bar young Baha'is from higher education. Georgi Kalaydzhiev of the Bulgarian Prime Minister's office, pictured left, pledged the support of the Prime Minister in helping to defend Iranian Baha'is.