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Baha'is Call for Reopening Of Human Rights Center In Iran

December 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/682

The Baha'i International Community today expressed grave concern over the closing by the Iranian government of Shirin Ebadi’s Defenders of Human Rights Center in Tehran and called for its reopening.

“The closing of Mrs. Ebadi’s office is a blow to human rights for the whole of Iran,” said Diane Ala’i, a representative of...

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UN General Assembly Expresses “Deep Concern” About Human Rights In Iran

December 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/681

The United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution expressing “deep concern at serious human rights violations” in Iran.

The resolution, which passed by a vote of 69 to 54, specifically criticized Iran’s use of torture, the high incidence of executions, the “violent repression” of women, and “increasing...

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Faith Groups Sign Human Rights Statement

December 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/

Groups and individuals around the world this month have been commemorating the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which occurred on 10 December 1948. The United Nations has designated the anniversary each year as Human Rights Day.

Last week the Baha’i International Community was one of 11 faith groups whose...

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More Baha’is Detained; 26 Currently In Prison

December 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Persecution of Baha’is in Iran

http://iran.bahai.us/2008/12/10/more-baha’is-detained-26-currently-in-prison/

Three Baha’is have been arrested in Mazandaran province, one in Ghaemshahr and two in Sari. Their homes were searched and Baha’i materials were confiscated. The arrests occurred on 18 November and 22 November.

In another case, three Baha’is were...

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Muslim Students Protest Baha’i Expelled From Iranian University

December 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha’i Faith

http://iran.bahai.us/2008/12/01/muslim-students-protest-baha’i-expelled-from-iranian-university/

Twenty-six Muslim students at Goldshat College in Kelardasht, Mazandaran, refused to take their first-term final examinations in protest of the expulsion of a fellow classmate because he is a Baha’i.

The following is an account which...

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Special Day for Baha'i[s] in Coleraine

November 26, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Coleraine Times

http://www.colerainetimes.co.uk/churches/Special-day-for-Bahai-in.4732961.jp

The members of the Bahá'í community in Coleraine, like their fellows in thousands of places throughout the world, marked Monday as the Day of the Covenant.

"This was a special occasion for us," said local Bahá'í Mrs Flora Luck.

"We were remembering the way our faith safeguarded...

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UN Rejection of Iranian ‘No-Action Motion’ Is Victory for Human Rights, Say Baha’is

November 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/670

The Baha’i International Community praised the United Nations General Assembly for today rejecting a so-called “no-action motion” on human rights in Iran.

Such a motion, if it had passed, would have used procedural rules to set aside a resolution that is sharply critical of the Islamic Republic of Iran over its use of torture, the...

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Court Rules in Favor of Bahai Student

November 13, 2008

Author: Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Source: Daily News Egypt

http://dailystaregypt.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=17789

The Administrative Judiciary Court ruled in favor of a Bahai student in his effort to receive a new identification card so he could return to his studies at Alexandria University.

The ruling was given in a session overseen by the head of the administrative judiciary and the deputy head of the State Council Mohamed Ahmed Attiya,...

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Big Turnout for Regional Baha’i Conferences

November 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/668

More than a thousand Baha’is from nearly a dozen countries came together for a regional conference that turned out to be the largest Baha’i gathering ever held in South Africa.

A simultaneous conference this past weekend in Nakuru, Kenya, also drew more than a thousand participants.

After only the second weekend of a four-month...

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Baha’is Mark the Birth of Baha’u’llah

November 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/667

The Baha’i center in Seoul was the site of a special program – one of thousands around the world – marking the 191st anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, which occurred on 12 November 1817 in Tehran, Iran.

The anniversary is one of nine holy days during the year on which Baha’is suspend work.

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Photograph Collection Posted to Web Site

November 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/666

A collection of 500 photographs of Baha’i activities around the world is now available for viewing and downloading on the official Baha’i Web site.

The link to the specific Web section, titled “Attaining the dynamics of growth: Images from five continents,” is http://www.bahai.org/attaining/.

The photographs,...

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Zambia Gathering is First in Series of 41 Conferences

November 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/665

Some 750 Baha’is from Zambia, Malawi, and Zimbabwe gathered in Lusaka last weekend for the first of 41 regional Baha’i conferences scheduled over the next four months in cities around the globe.

The unprecedented series of gatherings comes at the midway point of a five-year effort by Baha’is to decentralize many of their activities...

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Baha’is Observe International Day for Eradication of Poverty

October 26, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/662

Asked to open a United Nations meeting on poverty, Kevin Locke recited an “eagle” prayer in his native Lakota Sioux dialect.

“The eagle is a symbol of the ascendant nature of the human spirit, of the innate capacity of the human spirit to rise to nobility,” explained Mr. Locke at a UN roundtable to mark the International Day...

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Iranian Report Confirms Innocence of Shiraz Baha'is

October 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/661

An Iranian inspector who examined the 2006 arrests of a group of young Baha’is in Shiraz, Iran, filed a confidential report dated June 2008 confirming what Baha’is have said all along: that their activities were strictly humanitarian in nature and did not involve the “illegal” teaching of the Baha’i Faith.

The report...

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