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Baha'i World News

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Exploring religion’s contribution to peace in Southeast Asia

November 18, 2016 JAKARTA — Religion has a unique contribution to make to social progress and the realization of peace. This is one of the ideas that the Baha’i International Community (BIC) Regional Office in Jakarta has been exploring since its establishment two years ago. “Religion and spirituality are deeply rooted in the hearts of Southeast Asian people,” explains Mr.... Read More

Iran's human rights failures condemned by world community

November 16, 2016 UNITED NATIONS — The UN yesterday expressed serious concerns about "severe limits" on the right to freedom of religion or belief in Iran, and specifically about the ongoing persecution of Iranian Baha'is. The rebuke—the 29th such censure since 1985—came in an annual resolution on human rights in Iran, approved by a vote of 85 to 35 with 63 abstentions by the General Assembly's Third... Read More

House of Worship inspires children and youth to plant for the future

November 8, 2016 BATTAMBANG, Cambodia — For months now, scores of volunteers from nearby communities in Battambang have gathered regularly to work on the landscaping of the local Baha'i House of Worship being constructed there. This spirit of collective service has become contagious. One sign of its spreading influence has been a welling up of enthusiasm and a wish among children to have their share in this... Read More

Forced closure of shops in Iran on an unprecedented scale

November 7, 2016 Over one hundred Baha'i-owned businesses in cities across Iran, including Sari, Ghaemshahr, and Bandar Abbas, were sealed by Iranian authorities after they were temporarily closed to observe Baha'i Holy days on 1 and 2 November. This action took place despite recent statements made by the UN Special Rapporteur... Read More

Courageous cleric divides painting, promotes unity

November 3, 2016 In recent years, individuals and groups from within and outside of Iran have raised the call for justice, human rights, and a culture of inclusion in the country. Though more and more voices are joining this chorus, it is still rare to see any vocal support from among Iran's ecclesiastical class. On occasions when a clerical figure in Iran does speak out in support of the rights of citizens and... Read More

In Spain, quest for social progress draws on science and religion

October 28, 2016 BARCELONA — The Baha’i community of Spain has been exploring how to bring together different sectors of society—government, NGOs, academia, the private sector, and faith-based organizations—to collaborate for social progress. At the heart of this endeavor has been a conviction that, when oriented toward the betterment of society, a dialogue that engages science and religion can give rise... Read More

Baha’i murdered in Iran—victim of religious hatred

October 26, 2016 In an appalling act of violence, a Baha’i has been stabbed to death by two men who admitted they attacked him because of his religious beliefs. Farhang Amiri, 63, was murdered outside his home on 26 September 2016 in the city of Yazd, Iran, where he and his family have long resided. On the previous night, two young men visited the residence of Mr. Amiri under the pretense of wanting to... Read More

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Documenting the Persecution of the Baha'i Community in Iran

The Necessity to Transform Our Encounter with the Plight of Baha’is

Source: By Mohammad Heidari Translation by Iran Press Watch The “Baha’i problem” in Iran is one of the central predicaments for us. Baha’is are “the true Other ” to majority Shi’ites; how we deal with&hellip Read More

Widespread Closures of Baha’i-Owned Businesses in Rasht

Source: javanehha Translation by Iran Press Watch The Office of Public Places in this city sealed the business premises of eleven Baha’i citizens in Rasht over the last few days: Faraj Farhangi, Touraj Farhangi, Mohammad Asadpour, Foad&hellip Read More

Expulsion of an Iranian Baha’i Student From Yazd University Because of Her Beliefs

Source: Translation by Iran Press Watch According to a report from the NO to the Harassment and Imprisonment of Baha’is in Iran Campaign, Raha Sedaghat, a Baha’i from Yazd, was expelled from university because of&hellip Read More

Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi: Iranian Government Should Recognize Civil Rights of Baha’is

Source: Translation by Iran Press Watch About 132 business units and shops belonging to Baha’i compatriots have been sealed and closed under false pretexts in Iran during the last month. Baha’is do not have a&hellip Read More


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The Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference in Phoenix, Arizona

November 30, 2016

The Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference, held in Phoenix, Arizona (USA) around Christmas time each year, is an exciting annual event packed with great talks and workshops for all ages and with an average of 2,500 attendees. The Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference has been going strong for over 30 years now, and this year’s conference (held [...] Read More

The Shining Services of Curtis Kelsey

November 27, 2016

Curtis Kelsey was an American Baha’i who served in Haifa during the final weeks of Abdu’l-Baha’s lifetime and who installed the lighting equipment that first illumined the Shrines of Baha’u’llah and the Bab. Curtis was born in 1894 in Salt Lake City. He was a simple, happy-go-lucky, pure-hearted and easy-to-laugh fellow who only had a [...] Read More

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