The Prime Minister of Samoa has expressed his gratitude to the country's Baha'i community for its long service to the development of Samoan society. The Honorable Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi made his remarks during celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Baha'i Faith in the Pacific island nation. "I take this opportunity to express the appreciation of the government for the important contribution that you make to the spiritual life of our country," he said.
A series of short films, collectively entitled To Serve Humanity, has been released on the World Wide Web today – exactly one year after the announcement by the Universal House of Justice of a convocation of conferences for young people throughout the world.
In an apparent hate crime, three Baha'is were stabbed in their home in Birjand, Iran, by an unidentified intruder on Monday 3 February, the Baha'i International Community has learned. The three – a husband and wife and their daughter – survived but are currently in intensive care at a nearby hospital. According to reports from Iran, the attacker – who was masked – entered the home of Ghodratollah Moodi and his wife, Touba Sabzehjou, at about 8 p.m. He immediately assaulted Mr
UNITED NATIONS, New York -The UN General Assembly today expressed "deep concern at serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations" in Iran, showing that the international community will not be swayed by mere promises of improvement
NEW YORK — The seven imprisoned Iranian Baha'i leaders have written a letter to President Hassan Rouhani, commenting on his proposed "Charter of Citizen's Rights." During his campaign for election earlier this year, President Rouhani promised such a Charter, saying it would aim to end discrimination on the basis of race, sex or religion
GENEVA — Among the many acts of persecution to which the Baha'is in Iran are being subjected, one of the most heartless is the wanton desecration of their cemeteries. Most recently, attackers have destroyed portions of the Baha'i cemetery in Sanandaj, Iran, which has in recent years been threatened by local authorities who have sought to raze the site and repossess its land
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