Iran intensifies persecution of the Baha'is
Deutsche Welle--24 September 2012--Germany
"The medals won by Iranian athletes at the Olympic Games in London in 2012 was impressive. With a total of 12 medals, including four gold, Iran ranked in the top quarter of participating countries. It could perhaps have been more--but to be a professional athlete is not sufficient in Iran if you belong to the 'wrong' religious group. This was the case of judoist Khashayar Zarei. In his age and weight class, the 19-year-old is one of the best in Iran. But participation in international competitions is denied him by the Islamic Republic because Khashayar Zarei belongs to the Bahd'i Faith. Now he has been excluded because of his religion from studying architecture at the University of Shiraz ..."
Frontline--14 September 2012--USA
"Having grown up with the indignities of the apartheid system in South Africa: writes Professor Winston Nagan, "I bristle whenever I hear anyone equate a government's treatment of a portion of its citizenry to apartheid. Usually, the claims are exaggerated. But in Iran today, the government's treatment of the Bahdi community bears striking similarities."
Iran and human rights: a new landscape
Open Democracy--9 September 2012--United Kingdom
"Iranian government officials and state-sponsored media routinely accuse groups they dislike of committing crimes and posing security threats," writes Omid Memarian. "Over many years, such charges rarely have proven true, yet Iranians have also tended not to challenge these narratives. Today, a cultural shift is visible, as discussions within civil society about human rights increasingly contest the old, dominant perceptions." A notable trend, for example, is the marked rise in Iranians' discussion of previously taboo topics such as the Bahd'i Faith."
Iranian documentary filmmaker exposes Babel's' plight
Screen Comment--2 June 2012--USA
"Iranian documentary filmmaker Reza Allamehzadeh has exposed the plight of Bah'is in Iran with a new documentary called 'Iranian taboo.' writes Ali Naderzad. "Adherents of the faith have been persecuted by the Iranian Islamic Republic because they are considered un-Islamic. Banned from Iran himself (but not a Baha'i) Allamehzadeh...