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Dialogue on development advances in India
14 April 15

INDORE — Approximately 90 academics, development practitioners, and university students gathered for a seminar here on 7 April, to explore the direction of development planning and policies in India

Religious leaders and World Bank commit to ending extreme poverty
09 April 15

WASHINGTON — A group of diverse religious leaders has issued a statement giving strong support and "moral consensus" to a World Bank-initiated effort to end extreme poverty in 15 years

Symposium reframes dialogue on secular society, religion, and the common good
04 April 15

VANCOUVER — Leading Canadian scholars, public servants, and civil society actors gathered here for a symposium at the University of British Columbia from 22 to 24 March to explore the meaning of building a "whole society" and the constructive role of religion in the secular, public sphere

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

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