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Baha'i Faith featured in iWonder
20 October 14

LONDON — iWonder, the BBC’s interactive educational site, has featured the Baha'i Faith today in its newest piece. Titled “Can a religion accept other faiths as true?”, the multimedia article highlights the central Baha'i belief that all of the world’s great religions are equally valid. It also provides a brief historical account of the origins of the Baha'i Faith and the vision of its founders. The author, Rev

Documentary film charts Iranian Baha'is' peaceful response to oppression
28 September 14

LONDON — A powerful new documentary film, telling the story of the Baha'is of Iran and their peaceful response to decades of state-sponsored persecution, had its UK premiere on 12 September

Human rights and the Baha'i question absent from President Rouhani’s UN speech
25 September 14

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's speech to the United Nations today failed to address a number of fundamental human rights issues in Iran, including the reason for Iran's continued unjust persecution of Baha'is. "A year ago, President Rouhani came to office making numerous promises to improve the human rights situation in Iran, including a pledge to end religious discrimination," said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations

Iran's national university entrance guide discriminates against a wide range of potential students
25 September 14

The university entrance guide for Iran's national university system, which must be followed by all students seeking to study at both public and private colleges and universities in Iran, is quite specific about what beliefs applicants must have before applying for a university place. Specifically, according to page four of the 2014 version of the booklet, those seeking university entry must express "belief in Islam or in one of the religions specified in the Constitution

Iran switches tactics to conceal how it prevents Baha'is from entering university
25 September 14

TEHRAN — Shadan Shirazi had always been an exemplary student, showing special strength in math and science, according to numerous accounts in the Persian media. So it was not surprising that she scored well when she took the college entrance examination in math and physics. In fact, she placed 113th out of all Iranians – estimated to be more than a million – who took college entrance examinations earlier this year. Yet despite her high score, and her keen desire to learn, Ms

Design of Colombian House of Worship unveiled
16 September 14

NORTE DEL CAUCA — The design for the local Baha'i House of Worship in the Norte del Cauca region of Colombia was unveiled Sunday at a meeting held at the site designated for its construction. A small team from the Colombian architectural firm, CUNA, presented the approved plans before an audience of 500 people from the region and further afield

New report on Iran's failed promises on human rights
15 September 14

Iran has completely failed to live up to a series of promises it made regarding its treatment of Iranian Baha'is four years ago, says the Baha'i International Community in a new report. Titled "Unfulfilled Promises", and launched today at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, the report discusses 34 specific pledges made by Iran in February 2010 at the UN Human Rights Council that in some way could address human rights violations faced by members of Iran's Baha'i community

In Malaysia, music and prayers reflect hopes for greater harmony
12 September 14

SUBANG JAYA — Hundreds of Malaysians joined with dignitaries from government, religious communities, and other organizations at a unique musical prayer gathering aimed at improving racial and religious harmony in their country. Seven hundred people attended the Merdeka Unity Devotional on Sunday 31 August, organized by the Malaysian Baha'i community in response to their government's call for widespread prayer meetings to mark Independence Day

A closer look at religious coexistence through recent events
08 September 14

When a member of Iran's ecclesiastical class gifted a calligraphic presentation of the words of Baha'u'llah to the Baha'is of the world in April 2014, the act was unprecedented and stood in sharp contrast against a backdrop of 170 years of uninterrupted religious persecution

Three top UN human rights experts call for a halt to Shiraz cemetery destruction
04 September 14

Three high-level United Nations human rights experts today called on Iran to halt the ongoing destruction of a historic Baha’i cemetery in Shiraz, Iran, saying the action is an “unacceptable” violation of freedom of religion

 
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