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U.N. Concerned on Iran Human Rights

October 20, 2008

Author: Louis Charbonneau

Source: Reuters

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/20/AR2008102002316.html

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed concerns about possible human rights abuses in Iran and urged the country to do more to combat discrimination against women and minorities.

While praising Tehran for strides made in fields such as education and the provision of...

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Baha'is to Mark Birth of the Bab

October 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/659

Baha'is around the world will observe a holy day - the Birth of the Bab - on 20 October.

One of nine holy days on which Baha'is suspend work, the date marks the anniversary of the birth - in 1819 in Shiraz, Iran - of Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad, known to history as the Bab.

In 1844, the Bab announced that He was the Promised One foretold in the...

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Iran’s New School Year Again Excludes Baha’is

October 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/657

As the new academic year got under way, young Baha'is in Iran again found the door to higher education closed.

Although in its public stance the Iranian government maintains that Baha'is are free to attend university, reports over the past few weeks indicate that the policy of preventing Baha'is from obtaining higher education remains in effect....

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Baha’i Studies Conference Attracts 1,400 People from 23 Countries

October 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/655

The 32nd annual conference of the North American Association for Baha’i Studies drew some 1,400 people from 23 countries - the largest-ever representation from outside the United States and Canada.

The gathering, held this year in San Diego, had as its theme “Religion and Social Cohesion.” The four-day conference concluded on 1...

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Melburnians Turn to ‘Soul Food’ for Nourishment

September 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/654

Melbourne stands out as a multicultural metropolis – Malaysian restaurants, Japanese paper shops, music venues with bands from Senegal to Indonesia, all within strolling distance of one another. Not surprising, then, that Melburnians have adopted a Baha’i devotional meeting with a difference.

Called “Soul Food,” the gathering...

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Bahais Find Safe Place to Practice Faith

September 27, 2008

Author: Tasha Kates

Source: Charlottesville Daily Progress

http://www.dailyprogress.com/cdp/news/local/article/bahais_find_safe_place_to_practice_faith/28519/

For 70 years, Kamal has practiced a religion that has put him in the shadows of Iranian society.

The practicing Bahai converted when he was just 12 years old. While his siblings were Muslims, his grandfather was a Bahai who ultimately...

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EU Worried About Freedom of Religion in Iran

September 26, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20080926-1145-eu-eu-iran-religiousfreedom.html

The European Union said Friday it is “very worried” about what it sees as a deterioration of religious freedom in Iran.

A statement from the French Foreign Ministry on behalf of the EU says pressure has increased on religious minorities in the Islamic...

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Baha'i Persecution in Iran, Egypt, Noted in State Dept. Religious Freedom Report

September 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States

http://www.bahai.us/node/554

The U.S. Department of State's 2008 International Religious Freedom Report, released on Sept. 19, calls attention to the grave persecution faced by Baha'is in Iran, as well as the discrimination against Baha'is in Egypt, who continue to be denied government-issued identity cards.

“During the reporting period, respect for religious...

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Baha'is Imprisoned in Yemen May Face Imminent Deportation to Iran

August 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha’i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/651

Three Baha’is currently imprisoned in Yemen are facing the possibility of imminent deportation to Iran, where Baha’is are intensely persecuted and they would likely face imprisonment or torture.

“We are gravely concerned about the fate of these three Baha'is, who are being held without charges in a case that is clearly based on...

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Kirk Takes Up Baha'i Fight

August 14, 2008

Author: Ken Goze

Source: Wilmette Life

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/wilmette/news/1105440,WI-temple-081408-s1.article

Rep. Mark Kirk, R-10th and Wilmette-area Bahá'ís are speaking out against what they say is a stepped up campaign of persecution against Bahá'ís in Iran, the birthplace of the religion.

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bi-partisan resolution authored by Kirk and New Jersey...

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Op-Ed: "Baha’i Pilgrimage Opens Our Eyes to Global Community"

August 14, 2008

Author: Jack and Barbara Cook

Source: The Peninsula Gateway

http://www.gateline.com/106/story/2101.html

As the world comes together this year for the International Olympics event, we wish to share our experience from 2007, of the world coming together for an amazing international spiritual event at the Baha’i World Center in Haifa, Israel.

We were among the 400 pilgrims from all parts of the planet gathered together for nine intensive days on...

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Iranian Media Attacks on Baha'is and Nobel Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi Seek to Stir “Irrational Fears and Prejudices”

August 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/650

Fraudulent claims in the Iranian news media about seven imprisoned Baha'i leaders and the efforts of Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi and others to defend them represent an effort by the government to prevent Baha'is from having adequate legal representation – and also to stir up “irrational fears and prejudices,” the Baha'i International...

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