Baha'is in Iran

The Australia Baha’i Community works to protect the human rights of the Baha’is in Iran, who have been systematically persecuted for more than 30 years.

We do this by making representations to the Australian Government and by liaising with human rights and other non-government organisations. We also inform the media about violations of the human rights of the Baha’is in Iran, and we facilitate media contact with Australian relatives of Baha’i prisoners, Bahais in Australia who have first hand experience of the persecution and official media spokespeople.
The full emancipation of this peaceful, law-abiding community remains a central concern of Baha’is across Australia and around the world.
Read the latest update on the persecution of Baha'is in Iran.

Watch the latest video produced by the Baha'i International Community which documents the Iranian government's sponsored violence against its own citizens:

Watch the video below which outlines Australia's response to the human rights violates against the Baha'is in Iran:


Australia condemns persecution

The Australian Parliament gave bipartisan support to Parliamentary resolutions condemning the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran in 1981, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
For more than two decades, the Australian Government has also supported United Nations resolutions condemning the persecution of the Baha’is of Iran. Australia co-sponsored the most recent resolution in December 2010.
Since the UN Human Rights Council was established in 2006, the Australian Government has spoken out about the human rights situation of the Baha’is in Iran at Council sessions. Most recently, in June 2011, Australian representatives made forthright statements on the issue.
In response to regular media inquiries, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has made public statements calling for the human rights of imprisoned Baha’i leaders to be respected.
State Parliaments in Australia and individual Federal and State MPs have also spoken out against the persecution and called on the Iranian authorities to respect the human rights of Baha’is in Iran.

The scrutiny and support of the international community remains virtually the only tool for the protection of Bahá'ís and other people in Iran whose rights are egregiously violated.
Denial of higher education
Since 1979, Baha’is in Iran have been denied access to university education on the basis of their religious belief. Iranian universities are instructed by the Government to expel Baha’i students.
Ongoing international support and scrutiny is crucial to ensure that Iranian Baha’i students can obtain university education like all other Iranian citizens. The right to education is enshrined in international covenants to which Iran is a party.

The following documents are available for download:  

For more information, contact Natalie Mobini, Director-Office of External Affairs, Australian Baha’i Community, or telephone (02) 6287 2019.

The leaders of the Baha'i community in Iran have been imprisoned since 2008. Read more