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Baha'i World News

The Baha'i World News Service reports on activities of the worldwide Baha'i community and on events that affect the Baha'i Faith or its followers. Read All

Anticipation rises for Chile Temple inauguration

September 30, 2016 SANTIAGO — A surge of excitement and anticipation is palpable among the Baha'i community in Santiago and abroad as the inauguration of the last of the continental Baha'i Houses of Worship approaches. The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, is expected to attend the opening ceremony with other dignitaries. Growing media coverage has brought... Read More

Focus on what unites us, says BIC

September 29, 2016 WARSAW — In the face of growing racism and xenophobia, now is the time to focus on what unites us. This was one of the key points made by the Baha'i International Community (BIC) at a recent forum of European leaders in Warsaw, Poland, taking place from 19 to 30 September. For the second year in a row, the BIC participated in the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of the... Read More

Colombian Baha’is release open letter for peace

September 25, 2016 The Baha’i community of Colombia has released an open letter appealing to all Colombians to seize an “historic opportunity” and work for the cause of peace. The letter comes in advance of the signing of a peace deal between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) on 26 September. The agreement is a major milestone on the path to... Read More

Cambodian Temple progress inspires collective action

September 16, 2016 It has been eight months since construction work started on the local Baha'i House of Worship in Battambang. Since the groundbreaking in November of last year and the completion of the earthworks in March, access roads have been... Read More

BIC calls on President Rouhani to end systematic economic oppression

September 6, 2016 NEW YORK — The Baha'i International Community has called on Iran's President, Dr Hassan Rouhani, to end the severe economic oppression imposed on the Baha'is in that country. The call is contained in a letter addressed to President Rouhani which shows how, since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Baha'is in Iran have been the target of many ongoing acts of persecution, including a relentless... Read More

“We are all Baha’is”—Spirit of solidarity grows to unprecedented levels

August 23, 2016 SANA'A, Yemen — An extraordinary wave of support by organizations and individuals has kindled hope in the hearts of the Baha'is of Yemen in the wake of recent arrests there. It has also revealed the degree to which the motivation of Baha'is to build unity has resonated with so many in that country and across the region. One statement of support opened with this dramatic assertion of solidarity:... Read More

Songs to inspire social change

August 11, 2016 Near Ecuador's southwestern coast lies the town of Chongon. For the past four years, this small locality has brought together young adults from across Latin America for an innovative songwriting workshop. Participants all have an interest and talent in music as well as experience working with young people in Baha'i-inspired educational programs. The aim of the workshop is to produce music on... Read More

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Documenting the Persecution of the Baha'i Community in Iran

Iran’s Economic Apartheid

Source: By MICHAEL RUBIN AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File Often lost in the debate about whether reintegrating Iran into the world economy will lead it to dedicate itself to the health and well-being of its citizenry... Read More

Baha’i Student Expelled and Banned from University for His Faith

Source: Iranian authorities have ignored requests to reinstate a student expelled from a university because of his faith. Nineteen-year-old Faraz Karin-Kani Sisan was expelled from Ghiyaseddin Jamshid Kashani Institute for Higher Education (GJKI) in... Read More

Demolition of the Largest Apple Orchard in Semnan Province and Eviction of 80 Families by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard

Source: Translation by Iran Press Watch Date: September 17, 2016 As reported by the No to Harassment and Imprisonment of Baha’i Citizens Campaign, according to Iran Wire, Revolutionary Guards from Semnan Province demolished the... Read More

Canadian Provincial MP: Iranian Baha’is Denied Basic Human Rights at Burial

Source: September 13, 2016 Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein High Commissioner Office of the United Nations for Human Rights OHCHR-Palais Wilson, United Nations Office at Geneva CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland Dear Honorable High Commissioner: Re: Baha’is... Read More


Baha'i Blogs

Bahai arts, Bahai music, Bahai resources, Bahai stories & perspectives on the Bahai Religion

Listen: An Interview with Ine

September 27, 2016

I can’t tell everyone how excited I am to be posting this right now! About six years ago, Ine (pronounced ‘eeeneh’), who’s been like a little sister to me for the longest time, and who was one of the members of the Baha’i-inspired Pacific Island group I spent a good decade working with called MANA, [...] Read More

Explaining Death to Children

September 25, 2016

Death is an inescapable part of life. Children are often aware of death from early on in their lives as they hear about it in fairy tales, see it on television or encounter dead animals outside. Some children may have already experienced the death of a pet or family member, or they may have been diagnosed [...] Read More

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