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In rural Colombia, seeds of transformation take root
29 March 15

AGUA AZUL, Colombia — In Norte del Cauca, the land is blanketed by sugar cane plantations. They run for miles, under the watchful gaze of the Andes. Scattered amid the expanse of monoculture fields, villages and small farms dot the terrain. In recent decades, these traditional farms and the lush greenery of the region have been largely overtaken by vast fields of sugar cane crop

UN votes for continued monitoring of human rights in Iran
26 March 15

GENEVA — In a clear rejection of Iran's claim that the human rights situation in that country has improved, the UN Human Rights Council today extended the mandate of its Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran

Iran's UPR response offers bleak outlook for Baha'is and human rights
19 March 15

GENEVA — Iran's limited and conditional acceptance of just two out of ten recommendations made by other governments about its ongoing persecution of Baha'is today suggests there will be no significant change in government policy in the near future – and a bleak outlook for human rights generally in Iran

UN Special Rapporteur commends documentary on denial of education for Baha'is in Iran
22 March 15

GENEVA — A high UN official has praised the film "To Light a Candle", a documentary on the persecution of the Baha'is in Iran, as an important effort in making better known the plight facing young Baha'is who are being deprived of access to higher education in Iran

Top UN officials say human rights violations in Iran continue unabated
13 March 15

GENEVA — Members of minority groups, including Baha'is, continue to face persecution and discrimination in Iran, despite promises by the government to the contrary, according to two high level UN officials

Conference explores nexus of governance and religion
12 March 15

BARCELONA — Over 50 people gathered at "The Conference on Governance and Religion", held recently at the iconic Palau Robert in Barcelona, Spain. The conference was cosponsored by the Baha'i community of Spain in collaboration with seven other organizations and institutions, including the University of Barcelona, UNESCO's Association for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Government of Catalonia's General Directorate of Religious Affairs

Los Angeles marks Education is Not a Crime Day
03 March 15

LOS ANGELES — Over 1100 people gathered at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, 27 February to honor those Baha'is who have been denied the right to higher education in Iran. "Education is Not a Crime – Live 2015" was a major event for the "Education is Not a Crime" campaign launched in November 2014 by Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker who was himself imprisoned in Iran in 2009

Outstanding collection of Baha'i literature finds permanent home
15 February 15

SANDY, United Kingdom — An extensive library of Baha'i books and related literature has been opened to academic researchers, exactly 35 years to the day after the passing of the library's founder. When he died in London on 12 February 1980, the distinguished scholar, historian, and writer Hasan M

"Education is Not a Crime" gains momentum
08 February 15

LOS ANGELES — Education is Not a Crime, a worldwide campaign drawing attention to the constructive response of the Baha'i community to the Iranian government's systematic denial of university education to young Baha'is, is gaining momentum as it nears its global day of action, 27 February. The campaign's website highlights the breadth of efforts by authorities in Iran to persecute the Baha'is there, and it provides historical context

Archbishop Tutu condemns denial of education to Baha'is of Iran
01 February 15

CAPE TOWN — In a statement published on 30 January, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African social rights activist and Nobel Peace Laureate added his voice to the chorus of condemnation of the denial of the right of Baha'is to higher education by the government of Iran. Posted on the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation website, the statement reads: "The Iranian government says that education is a crime for Baha'is

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