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On foothills of the Andes, light ascends and inspires
18 December 14

SANTIAGO — The most recent in a series of newsreels on the construction of the Baha’i House of Worship for South America has been released. Opening with time-lapse photography, the film provides a glimpse of the emerging beauty of the temple, which rests on the foothills of the Andes Mountains overlooking the city of Santiago

Hateful propaganda sparks concern for Baha’is of Rafsanjan
16 December 14

Against the backdrop of increasing economic pressures, a recent anti-Baha'i demonstration and a hateful speech delivered by a cleric have raised concerns for the safety of the Baha'is of Rafsanjan, a city in Iran. Hojatoleslam Abbas Ramezani-Pour, the Friday prayer Imam of Rafsanjan, declared in a speech at the end of November that, according to religious fatwas, Baha'is are "unclean" and that it is "forbidden" to conduct business and trade with them

UN sends strong signal to Iran on human rights
19 November 14

UNITED NATIONS — The UN Third Committee today sent a strong signal to Iran, exhorting its government to live up to its international human rights obligations. By a vote of 78 to 35, with 69 abstentions, the General Assembly's Third Committee approved a resolution expressing "deep concern at serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations" in Iran

International writers plea for release of imprisoned Iranian Baha'i leader
11 November 14

LONDON — As part of a global campaign to defend persecuted writers, PEN International has called for the release of Mahvash Sabet, one of the seven imprisoned Iranian Baha'i leaders. In an effort to draw attention to the plight of some 900 novelists, poets, and journalists who were harassed, imprisoned, murdered, or "disappeared" last year, the writers’ organization has selected five among them to highlight in a week-long campaign, of which Ms. Sabet is the first

Iran fails to address calls for greater religious freedom
31 October 14

Iran's response during a major review of its human rights record today failed to adequately address repeated calls by other governments here for greater respect for religious freedom and an end to discrimination against religious minorities, including Baha'is

Widespread attack launched in Iran against Baha'i businesses
31 October 14

Just as the United Nations' Universal Periodic Review of Iran's human rights record is taking place in Geneva and representatives of that country protest that they safeguard and uphold the human rights of all their citizens, the authorities in one region of Iran have launched a widespread, pre-planned, systematic attack against Baha'i business owners

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

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