The trial of the seven leaders of the Baha’i Faith in Iran could take place next week. They have been charged with spying for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic Republic. These charges are unfounded and no evidence against them has been brought to light. The Baha’i leaders have been held for nearly a year in Evin prison and denied access to their attorney, the Nobel Laureate, Shirin Ebadi.
Some 300,000 Baha’is live throughout Iran, making the Baha’i Faith the country’s largest minority religion. The persecution of Baha'is in Iran has been taking place since the religion began there in the mid-nineteenth century. See more on this latest wave of persecution at Iran.Bahai.US. There is also a statement from the Bahai'i International Community over at Baha'i International News Service.