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New international website of the Baha'i community launched
20 January 15

HAIFA — The website of the worldwide Baha'i community at has been launched in a new version, representing the latest stage in the development of an official presence on the Web that extends back to 1996. The site explores the beliefs and writings of the Baha'i Faith and presents the experience of those throughout the world who, inspired by the teachings of Baha'u'llah, are striving to contribute to the betterment of society

Baseless indictment of Yemeni Baha'i after 14 months of harsh imprisonment
16 January 15

NEW YORK — In a betrayal of justice, authorities in Yemen have indicted Hamed Kamal bin Haydara, a Yemeni national, of being a spy for Israel and converting Muslims to the Baha'i Faith. These charges come at the start of the second year of his imprisonment. Throughout this time, Mr. bin Haydara has been held without charge and has endured various forms of torture as well as intense psychological abuse. Mr

Panel explores migration, media, and misperception
04 January 15

LANGENHAIN — How does the media influence our sense of identity? How does it shape our perception of those different from us? How does it reinforce "otherness"? These questions animated a recent panel discussion on German media’s depiction of international migration in that society. Titled "Exclusion in Germany: Is Media Honoring its Responsibility?", the event was held on 7 December 2014 at the Baha'i National Centre outside Frankfurt to mark UN Human Rights Day

Two months in the morgue: One facet of campaign to make Iranian Baha’is invisible
29 December 14

GENEVA — The body of a Baha'i has been held in the morgue for nearly two months in the large, southern Iranian city of Ahvaz because local officials have refused to allow the man's burial. Shamel Bina passed away on 28 October but remains unburied, despite numerous appeals from his family and others, who have appealed to numerous officials from the governor general to the city's Friday prayer leader, to no avail

UN resolution voices global concern over human rights violations in Iran
18 December 14

UNITED NATIONS — Today the UN General Assembly strongly expressed its concerns over ongoing human rights violations in Iran. “Unfortunately, as today’s resolution demonstrates, Iranians do not enjoy even basic human rights, such as freedom of assembly or religious belief, and it is their own government that is the chief violator of their rights,” said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations

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

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