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Yemen: Huthi authorities must release detained Bahá’ís, end crackdown on minorities

The Huthi armed group in control of parts of Yemen must immediately ensure the release of all 27 members of the Bahá’í religion who have been detained in the capital, Sana’a, for a week without charge, in a blatant case of persecution of a minority faith, Amnesty International said today. Armed officers in balaclavas from Yemen’s National Security Bureau (NSB) intelligence agency, which works hand in hand with the armed Huthi authorities, stormed a Bahá’í youth workshop in Sana’a on 10 August and arrested 65 people, including 14 women and six people under 18 without an arrest warrant.

Date:
17 August 2016
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen Baha’i community faces persecution at hands of Huthi-Saleh authorities

More than 20 Baha’i men and women are at risk of immediate arrest by Huthi-Saleh authorities in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a, said Amnesty International. “Huthi-Saleh authorities must immediately stop persecuting members of the Baha’i community in Sana’a,” said Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research at Amnesty International’s Beirut regional office. “The detention of Baha’is on account of their faith appears to be part of a wider crackdown on minorities by the Huthi-Saleh authorities, and is making entire families live in fear for their safety and the safety of their loved ones – not to mention that they are a clear violation of Yemen’s obligations under international law”.

Date:
28 April 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Discrimination

Iran: Further information on arbitrary arrests/prisoners of conscience

The seven people named above, all members of the Baha'i religious minority, are to go on trial shortly, on charges of "espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the system". Amnesty International considers the charges to be politically motivated and those held to be prisoners of conscience, detained solely because of their conscientiously held beliefs or their peaceful activities on behalf of the Baha'i community.

Date:
12 February 2009
Ref:
MDE 13/013/2009
  • Research
  • Iran
  • Justice Systems

Iran: Dhabihullah Mahrami: prisoner of conscience

This document describes the case of Dhabihullah Mahrami, a Baha'i aged about 50, who is currently detained in a prison in Yazd, central Iran, facing charges of apostasy which can carry the death penalty. Amnesty International believes him to be a prisoner of conscience, held solely on account of his religious beliefs, and is calling for his immediate and unconditional release.

Date:
30 September 1996
Ref:
MDE 13/034/1996
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  • Iran
  • Justice Systems

Trial of seven Baha’i religious minority members delayed in Iran

The fate of seven members of Iran's Baha'i religious minority remains undecided after their trial was postponed on Saturday. The seven could have faced the death penalty, had they been found guilty at Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. They were likely to have been charged with mofsed fil arz (being corrupt on earth), "espionage for Israel", "insulting religious sanctities" and "propaganda against the system.

Date:
14 July 2009
  • News
  • Iran
  • Justice Systems

Iran religious minority members facing 'show trial'

Amnesty International has urged the Iranian authorities to release seven members of the Baha'i religious minority who appear to be facing a "show trial" in Tehran on a collection of spurious charges. The five men and two women, who were arrested almost two years ago, could face the death penalty if they are convicted of crimes including "espionage for Israel", "insulting religious sanctities" and "propaganda against the system”.

Date:
13 January 2010
  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Justice Systems

Iran: Fear of imminent execution / death penalty / legal concern

Sirus Dhabihi-Muqaddam, Hedayatollah Kashifi-Najafabadi, Ruhollah Rawhani (executed), all members of the Baha'i religious minority: Sirus Dhabihi-Muqaddam and Hedayatollah Kashifi-Najafabadi may face imminent execution after their death sentences were recently confirmed by a retrial. Ruhollah Rawhani was executed on 21 July 1998, in connection with the same case.

Date:
8 October 1998
Ref:
MDE 13/018/1998
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  • Indonesia
  • Killings and Disappearances

The 86th International Labour Conference: Amnesty International's concerns relevant to the Committee on Application of Standards

In this document AI outlines some current concerns which may be relevant to the discussions due to take place at the 86th International Labour Conference in Geneva in June 1998. These concerns include serious human rights violations against trade unionists in Colombia, Indonesia and Myanmar; violations against indiginous peoples in Brazil in the context of land disputes; ill-treatment of women in Afghanistan and religious discrimination in Iran where several members of the Baha'i community are under sentence of death.

Date:
30 April 1998
Ref:
IOR 42/001/1998
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Sentences against jailed Iranian religious minority leaders condemned

Amnesty International has condemned the sentencing of seven members of Iran's Baha’i religious minority to 20 years in jail on a series of politically motivated charges. The five men and two women, leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran who were arrested over two years ago, were convicted on Saturday 7 August of crimes including "espionage for Israel", "insulting religious sanctities" and "propaganda against the system” by a Revolutionary Court in Tehran.

Date:
10 August 2010
  • Research
  • Iran
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Iran: Executions of prisoners continue unabated

This report describes AI's continuing concern about the death penalty in Iran. AI fears that many political prisoners are executed after unfair trials; trials are usually summary and held in camera. One political prisoner who was executed was Nasrin Rasooli, a physics graduate arrested in 1981 on charges of supporting the PMOI; she became mentally ill and was released in 1986 but was rearrested in 1988 and summarily executed.

Date:
30 September 1992
Ref:
MDE 13/018/1992
  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Detention

Iran: Prisoners of conscience / death penalty

Dhabihullah Mahrami, Musa Talibi: There is grave concern that these two men may be at risk of imminent execution following reports that the Supreme Court has confirmed their death sentences. They are both Baha'is, a religious minority not recognized in Iran, and have been sentenced to death for apostasy. Both are accused of having converted to Islam in the past and then having reverted to the Baha'i religion.

Date:
30 January 1997
Ref:
MDE 13/007/1997
  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Detention

Iran: Further information on prisoners of conscience / death penalty

Dhabihullah Mahrami, Musa Talibi: According to media reports the Supreme Court has officially confirmed the death sentences against these two men. Previous reports suggested that both had been convicted of apostasy, however, a report from the Iranian news agency IRNA on 23 February states that the Head of the Revolutionary Court said that both men had been convicted of espionage. It is commonplace for the Iranian authorities to deny that the Baha'i community follows any recognised religion, often accusing them unfoundedly of espionage.

Date:
27 February 1997
Ref:
MDE 13/011/1997
  • Research
  • Chad
  • Killings and Disappearances

Religious Action 1993 (includes correction)

The cases reported here are: the killing of Quranic teacher Faky Ali Ahmat in Chad; killing of at least 37 people during a peaceful Catholic demonstration in Zaire; "disappearance" of Methodist human rights activist Eduardo Anibal Blanco Araya in Honduras; 5 elderly Roman Catholic clergy jailed in China; imprisonment of Catholic priest Father Moon Kyu-hyun in South Korea; Buddhist monks Thich Tue Sy and Thich Tri Sieu, prisoners of conscience in Viet Nam; execution of Baha'i Bahman Samandari in Iran; "disappearance" of Shi'a Muslim Al-Sayyid Hassan al-Qubanji, aged 82, in Iraq; house arrest of spiritual leader Abdesalam Yassine in Morocco; detention without trial of Naji Jasib al-Tuhaifa in Saudi Arabia; Dimitrios Tsironis, a Greek Jehovah's Witness and conscientious objector.

Date:
30 September 1992
Ref:
ACT 79/001/1992
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  • Detention

Students in Iran face growing clampdown as academic year begins

Dozens of university students in cities across Iran have been interrogated or arbitrarily arrested in recent weeks, marking an escalation in the authorities’ clampdown on students as the academic year begins, Amnesty International said today. Some universities have banned women from certain areas of study. Members of some religious minorities and student activists have been specifically targeted, with many being banned from further study or summoned to serve prison sentences for earlier offences – in many cases merely because they peacefully exercised their right to freedom of expression, association or assembly.

Date:
21 September 2012