Bahá'í

Building Unity with Community Prayer

February 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/605

Twenty-five-year-old Andreas Rolle is in his final year of university, studying to become an elementary-school teacher. Like many students, he describes his daily life as "frenzied."

But he has discovered a small island of peace in his schedule: a prayer meeting every two weeks hosted by five Baha'is, also students in Heidelberg, a university...

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Baha'i International Community Issues Statement on Poverty Eradication

February 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/604

A new statement from the Baha'i International Community calls for a coherent, principle-based approach to the eradication of global poverty.

BIC representatives introduced the statement, "Eradicating Poverty: Moving Forward as One," yesterday at a luncheon held at their offices across from the United Nations. About 40 representatives from various non-...

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Raid and Beatings for "Illegal" Religious Meeting – But Police Deny it

February 6, 2008

Author: Felix Corley

Source: Forum 18

http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1082

The police raid on a Jehovah's Witness meeting in a private home in Barda on 30 January is the latest attempt to suppress religious meetings in private homes, Forum 18 News Service has found. "If this was a religious group, why were they meeting in a private house?" Orhan Mansuzade of the Interior Ministry in Baku told Forum 18. "The Jehovah's...

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Iranian Baha'is Sentenced to Prison were Helping Underprivileged Youth

February 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/602

Accusations by the Iranian government that 54 Baha'is were engaged in anti-regime "propaganda" when they were arrested almost two years ago are patently false, the Baha'i International Community said today.

In November, three of that group were re-arrested and imprisoned for four years. The others have reportedly been given suspended one-year...

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Egypt Religious Freedom Cases Continued to 22 January

December 25, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/597

Court hearings on two lawsuits filed by Baha'is over the government's policy on religious affiliation and national identity papers have been continued until 22 January 2008.

The two cases, the first by the father of twin children who is seeking to obtain proper birth certificates for them and the second by a college student who needs a national identity card to...

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Finnish TV Talk Show Host Finds Success in Unconventional Approach

December 9, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/593

Television talk shows often use conflict as their formula to win viewers, but a young producer in Finland is making a go of it with a different model.

On his Monday night program, Aram Aflatuni presents a problem, then has a panel of experts try to solve it using consultation and cooperation.

"I don't believe in confrontational journalism...

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U.N. Committee Passes Resolution about Human Rights Violations in Iran

November 20, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/588

A committee of the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution today expressing "deep concern" about "ongoing systematic violations of human rights" in Iran.

Put forward by Canada and co-sponsored by 41 other countries, the resolution took note of repression and persecution aimed by the Iranian government at groups ranging from women...

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Human Rights Groups Issue Report on Egypt

November 16, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.news.bahai.org/story/587

Egypt should end discriminatory practices that prevent Baha'is and others from listing their true religious beliefs on government documents, said Human Rights Watch and the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights in a major report released this week.

The 98-page report, titled "Prohibited Identities: State Interference with Religious Freedom," focused on...

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Egypt Denies ID Papers to Converts

November 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: TVNZ.Reuters

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/1444148

Human rights groups said that Egypt routinely denies converts from Islam and members of unrecognised minority faiths such as Baha'is the right to list their true religious affiliation on key identity documents.

Regulations, rigidly enforced in Egypt, require that official documents show a religious affiliation chosen from three recognised faiths: Islam...

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Young Zambian Teens Pull Together in Service Program

October 25, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.news.bahai.org/story/583

The Tonga tribe has lived in southern Zambia for hundreds of years, and members are proud of their longstanding traditions and strong social codes. But leaders say some of the customs are eroding - young people, for example, no longer seem to respect the elderly.

A new program involving hundreds of young teens working in small groups may help change that...

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Baha'is Hope Move Will Help Spread Word of Their Religion

October 20, 2007

Author: JEFFREY WEISS

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/collin/plano/stories/DN-relbahais_20met.ART.South.Edition1.428e293.html

The Dallas Baha'i Center celebrates moving into a new home today. Last weekend, the Plano Baha'i Center celebrated the dedication of a new worship hall.

In recent years, several...

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New Baha'i Representative to Open Office in Brussels

October 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/581

Sarah Vader has joined the Baha'i International Community as a representative to the United Nations.

In addition to working at U.N. offices in Geneva, Ms. Vader will establish an office in Brussels aimed at strengthening the BIC's ties with the European Union. In that role, Ms. Vader will work closely with national-level Baha'i affiliates in the 27 countries...

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Baha'i Testifies at U.N. about Understanding among Religions

October 5, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/580

A Baha'i from Tanzania - where different religious communities live peacefully together - testified yesterday before the United Nations General Assembly on how to promote religious understanding.

Addressing an informal hearing on "Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace," Mitra Deliri said that in her country, "large Christian...

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