The Bahá'ís and Higher Education in Iran, by Ahmad Batebi
Batebi came to international notice through his appearance on the July 17, 1999, cover of The Economist magazine, in a photo taken during the Iranian student protests of July 1999 in Tehran. This essay was first published September 2, 2008, in Persian in the journal Roozwww.roozonline.com/archives/2008/09/post_8980.php and a translation posted September 17, 2008 at www.iranpresswatch.org/post/6.
Shemiranie is a freelance writer specializing in analytical articles on the socio-political issues of Iran and violations of human rights. This is a translation of an article published in Shahrgon online journal, September 12, 2008, available at www.shahrgon.com/index.php?news=1959. A translation was posted September 17, 2008, at www.iranpresswatch.org/post/11.
Nabil's Narrative: What History has Forgotten, by Dr. Soheila Vahdati
Attack on the Bahá'í Faith at a Conference on the History of Iran and the British Empire
Extracts from remarks at a recent conference in Tehran provided in translation, and a response from the perspective of the present translator [A. Rabbani] against the accusations stated at the Tehran conference. The materials are translated from Persian and were posted October 7, 2008, at www.iranpresswatch.org/post/44.
End the Persecution of Bahá'ís, by United Republicans of Iran
On May 29, 2008, the organization United Republicans of Iran demanded the immediate release of the Bahá'í leaders incarcerated in March and May of that year through a proclamation posted at www.iranrepublic.org.
Why Islamists Persecute the Bahá'ís, by Amil Imani
Human Rights for All Iranians of Whatever Religious Persuasion, by Hashem Aghajari
Aghajari is an Iranian historian, university professor and a critic of the Islamic Republic's government. This is a portion of an interview with him published by Norooz News November 1, 2008, at norooznews.ir/news/9385.php. It appeared in translation on November 24, 2008, at www.iranpresswatch.org/post/20.
Freedom of Belief and the Rights of Religious Minorities, by Hashem Aghajari
‘Ashura Ceremonies and the Bahá'ís, by Akhtar Arjmandi
Akhtar Arjmandi maintains a blog dedicated to the defense of Iran's Bahá'í Community where she refutes attacks made against Bahá'ís in the Iranian press and in Persian anti-Bahá'í polemical works. This report was published on her blog on January 12, 2009, and translated by Omid Ghaemmaghami on January 13, 2009 at: http://www.iranpresswatch.org/post/742.
Bahá'ís Living in Iran with No Human Rights, by Wahied Wahdat-Hagh
Violations of the Rights of our Bahá'í Countrymen, by Hamid Hamidi
A talk given by an Iranian journalist in Europe and the author of a number of articles on various themes of human and civil rights of Iranians, on December 20, 2008, at asre-nou.net/php/view.php?objnr=1547. A summary was presented on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights in Brussels. Its translation appeared on February 23, 2009, at www.iranpresswatch.org/post/880. The article includes a list of Bahá'ís killed since 1978 .
Iran: Using terror internally and abroad, by Wahied Wahdat-Hagh
An open letter from a group of academics, writers, artists, journalists and Iranian activists throughout the world to the Bahá'í community. This letter has been signed by a large number of the most prominent Iranian intellectuals, and posted originally on February 4, 2009, on www.iranpresswatch.org/post/998. A number of news agencies reported this letter, including CNN: arabic.cnn.com/2009/entertainment/2/10/Iran.apology/.
Press Release by "We Are Ashamed" organizers
This Press Release, by the organizers of the open letter to the Bahá'í community titled "A century and a half of oppression and silence is enough!" was posted February 14, 2009, at www.iranpresswatch.org/post/1193.
What is there to Celebrate?, by Shahrzad Arshadi
Arshadi is a Montreal-based human rights activist, photographer and filmmaker. This essay was first disseminated on February 11, 2009, under the title, "What is there to Celebrate? For the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran" and posted February 15, 2009, at www.iranpresswatch.org/post/1175.
Supporting Freedom of Expression for Bahá'ís, by Abolhassan Banisadr
Statement of Support by Writers and Journalists from Kurdistan
The Kurdistan region, covering land in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, is victim to long- running separatist conflicts in which thousands of lives have been lost. Under such circumstances, the statement in support of Iranian Bahá'ís is a sign of courage, selflessness and humanity. This statement was published in Persian on February 16, 2009, at komala.eu/kurdi/?p=562 and a translation appeared on February 18, 2009, at www.iranpresswatch.org/post/1272.
Violation of the rights of the Bahá'í citizens is shameful, by United Republicans of Iran
Supporters of Ayatollah Boroujerdi demand investigation of Bahá'í case, Boroujerdi is an Iranian cleric who advocates separation of religion and government. He first expressed his opposition to the Islamic government of Iran in 1994, and opposed the theocratic concept of rule by clerics. On May 25, 2009, supporters of the imprisoned Boroujerdi condemned the ongoing suppression and violation of the rights of the Bahá'í community in Iran by posting a statement on bameazadi19.blogspot.com/2009/05/blog-post_25.html. This translated was posted June 2, 2009, on www.iranpresswatch.org/post/3775.
Persecution of Bahá'ís and the Iranian Presidential Elections, by Wahid Wahdat-Hagh
There Can't be a Happy Ending to Our Story, by Soheila Vahdati
Vahdati is an Iranian-American human rights activist and freelance writer who has published on the effects of the death penalty, women's rights and gender issues. This article was published July 16, 2009, in Iran-Emrooz,www.iran-emrooz.net/index.php?/hright/more/18792 addressed to Mrs. Fakhri Mohtashamipour, wife of Seyyed Mostafa Tajzadeh, who served as the Political Vice Minister of the Ministry of the Interior of Iran in the government of President Khatami.
Rehumanizing the Dehumanized, by Koroush Agah-Kesheh
We will celebrate the end of religious despotism, by Abdolkarim Soroush
Soroush is one of the most prominent Iranian political philosophers, religious scholars and writers. He is a former professor at the University of Tehran. On September 9, 2009, he published an open letter to Khamenei, expressing his belief that Iranians would triumph over "the decline of religious despotism", at www.akhbar-rooz.com/news.jsp?essayId=23793.
When Bahá'ís are free, then all Iranians will be, by Hamid Dabashi