Abstract—Since 1850’s the bahà’ì religious minority in Iranhas been systematically persecuted and deprived of fundamental rights and freedoms on the sole base of religious belief. In the last 30 years more than 200 bahà’ìs were killed and nearly a thousand put in prison. The 1979 Iranian constitution does not protect the human rights of the Bahà’ìs although they are the major religious minority in the country with over 300.000 followers. Today seven bahà’ì leaders are in prison waiting for a trial that could lead them to penal death. In these years the international community has made many acts top romote the protection of the bahà’ì community but the dogma of “domestic jurisdiction” still resists. Is there any possible solution?
Index Terms—Bahà’ì, Human Rights, Iran, Islam, Persecution, Religious freedom
1 PhD Student in “Democracies and Human Rights”, Genova University(Italy)
2 In arabic “the glory of God”
Cite: Naim Abid, " “Human Rights Denial in Iran: an introduction the Bahà’ì Question”," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 136-141, 2010.