Bahá'í

Next Court Date for Baha'i Leaders Will Be 11 April

February 19, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/759

A third court date has been announced for seven Baha'i leaders imprisoned in Iran, the Baha'i International Community has learned.

The trial proceedings – begun on 12 January after the seven had been incarcerated in Tehran's Evin prison for 20 months – will continue on Sunday, 11 April, according to information conveyed orally to their attorneys.

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Five Baha'i Followers Arrested In Iran

February 14, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61D0RA20100214

"Iran's security forces have arrested five members of the outlawed Baha'i faith in Tehran," the pro-government Javan newspaper said, without giving a source.

It identified the fives detainees as Niki Khanjani, Ashkan Basari, Maria Jafari, Houman Sisani and Romina Zabihian.

"Some of the Baha'i leaders have escaped to Dubai and Turkey while others...

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Baha'i Faith: The Emergence Of a World Community In Nepal

February 13, 2010

Author: David Gestoso

Source: Nepal News

http://www.nepalnews.com/main/index.php/component/content/article/13-top-column/4020-bahai-faith-the-emergence-of-a-world-community-in-nepal.html

Some regard it as the cutting edge in the organisation of human society. Others discard it as a sect. In a few countries it is considered a threat: its followers -...

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Local Baha'i Pray for Those On Trial In Iran

February 8, 2010

Author: Adrianne DeWeese

Source: The Examiner

http://www.examiner.net/news/x1124765131/Local-Bahai-pray-for-those-on-trial-in-iran

“O my Lord! Thou knowest that the people are encircled with pain and calamities and are environed with hardships and trouble. Every trial doth attack man and every dire adversity doth assail him like unto the assault of a serpent. There is no shelter and asylum for him except...

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Baha'i Leaders Make Second Court Appearance

February 7, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/756

Seven imprisoned Baha'i leaders appeared in court today in Iran for a second session of their trial.

The session was once again closed, and family members were not permitted in the courtroom, the Baha'i International Community has learned.

The hearing, which lasted just over one hour, does not seem to have gone beyond procedural issues. No date was given for any future...

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Baha'is Condemn Lack Of Due Process At Trial In Iran

January 31, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/753

The Baha'i International Community has issued a statement condemning the trial of 16 individuals in Iran yesterday as a "violation of all internationally accepted standards of legal due process."

The statement highlights the lack of proper legal representation for the defendants and the use of unreliable "confessions" in the trial. One of the 16 on trial is a Baha'i.

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Detention Of Ten Baha’is Leads to Fears for Other Prisoners

January 27, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/751

Concern is growing over the lack of information about the status of 10 Baha'is who were arrested earlier this month in Iran.

In addition to worry about their safety, there are fears that charges against these 10 will be used to create false evidence in court against the seven Baha'i leaders who have been held since 2008 and whose trial is set to resume on 7 February.

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Family Opens Its Home to Spiritual Unity

January 24, 2010

Author: Niyaz Pirani

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/news/baha-230733-yazdi-people.html

Heads down and eyes closed, the people gathered in the Yazdi family living room are listening intently.

"These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of thy glad-tidings," a woman reads from a small prayer book. "Oh, God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees, even as it has...

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Bahai On Trial In Iran Worries Brother From Afar

January 23, 2010

Author: Samuel G. Freedman

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/23/us/23religion.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

For as long as Bahaism has existed, the forebears of Rezvan Tavakkoli have abided by it. And over the generations, since the faith’s origin 166 years ago, Mr. Tavakkoli’s people have paid the price of their devotion.

They have endured beatings, insults, arrest, vandalism,...

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Local Baha'i Following Iranian Trial

January 20, 2010

Author: Tara Hagan

Source: The Observer

http://www.theobserver.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2268897

Members of the local Baha'i community are keeping a close eye on a controversial trial underway in Iran.

"We're deeply concerned," said Afsaneh Yazdani, secretary for the Baha'i community in Sarnia, where, members are praying for seven fellow Baha'is currently on trial.

The group -- two women and five men -- have been jailed since...

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Date Set for Seven Baha'i Leaders' Next Court Session

January 20, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/750

Iranian authorities have notified the lawyers of seven imprisoned Baha'i leaders that the next session of their trial will be held on 7 February, the Baha'i International Community learned today.

At their first court appearance, held 12 January in Tehran, the charges were read to the seven, who categorically denied the accusations.

"While we know little about what...

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