SANTIAGO, Chile — Significant progress is being made in the construction of the Baha'i House of Worship here, the final one to be erected to serve an entire continent. Work has been completed on a complex three-storey structure and underground service tunnel, requiring more than 2,000 cubic metres of concrete and 190 tonnes of reinforced steel. Now the next major phase of the project - the erection of the Temple's distinctive superstructure - has commenced
UNITED NATIONS — Today's vote expressing concern over Iran's continued human rights violations demonstrates that the international community will not be swayed by mere promises of improvement, said the Baha'i International Community. "By its resolution today, the UN General Assembly says clearly that it expects deeds instead of just words from Iran on human rights," said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations
GENEVA — Following raids on 14 Baha'i homes in the Iranian city of Abadeh last month, government agents summoned the occupants for questioning and urged them to leave town or face possible deadly attacks from city residents. "The clear aim of the raids and questioning was to create an atmosphere of intimidation and fear, so that the Baha'is of Abadeh would be encouraged to leave the city," said Diane Ala'i, a representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations
Parva Rahmanian and her family used to run a flower shop in Iran – until the government revoked their business license. The reason given was simple: as Baha'is, they were "unclean" – and so were their floral designs. The uncleanliness of the Baha'is was, to the world's great shock and outrage, the subject of a recent fatwa by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
Despite recent signals by Iran that it intends to improve on its human rights record, there has been little evidence of change, according to a report issued yesterday by the UN's expert on human rights in that country. "The human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to warrant serious concern, with no sign of improvement," said Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran. Among other things, Dr
Since early July, tens of thousands of young people from communities spanning the entire globe have responded to the call of the Universal House of Justice to participate in a series of 114 youth conferences that have been held in scores of localities, on every continent
The Baha'i International Community is pleased to announce the appointment of Joshua Lincoln as its new Secretary-General, effective today. The Secretary-General is the senior officer acting on behalf of the Universal House of Justice, the world governing body of the Baha'i community, in the conduct of its external affairs, including relations with Israel, the host-country of its World Centre. Dr.
The Baha'i International Community announces that its Secretary-General, Dr. Albert Lincoln, is stepping down today after nineteen years of service in that position. The Secretary-General is the senior officer acting on behalf of the Universal House of Justice, the world governing body of the Baha'i community, in the conduct of its external affairs, including relations with Israel, the host-country of its World Centre. In this capacity, Dr.
Having heard Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's address to the United Nations today, the world will be watching to see how he will, beyond his general call for hope and moderation around the world, address the essential question of human rights in Iran
From the available information it is now clear that the murder in Iran of Mr. Ataollah Rezvani was religiously motivated. It is understood that Mr. Rezvani was shot in the back of his head and that his body was found in his car near the railway station on the outskirts of Bandar Abbas, the city where he resided with his family. Information received thus far points to the possibility that his assailants had forced him to drive to that location