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Hateful propaganda sparks concern for Baha’is of Rafsanjan

Hateful propaganda sparks concern for Baha’is of Rafsanjan

NEW YORK, 16 December 2014, (BWNS) — Against the backdrop of increasing economic pressures, a recent anti-Baha’i demonstration and a hateful speech delivered by a cleric have raised concerns for the safety of the Baha’is of Rafsanjan, a city in Iran. Hojatoleslam Abbas Ramezani-Pour, the Friday prayer Imam of Rafsanjan, declared in a speech at the end of November that, according to religious fatwas, Baha’is are “unclean” and that it is “forbidden” to conduct business and trade with them. “The…

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Increase in arrests highlights continuing persecution of Baha’is in Iran

Increase in arrests highlights continuing persecution of Baha’is in Iran

From the Bahá’í World News Service: GENEVA — The arrest last week of five Baha’is in Tehran signals a rising tide of detainments and imprisonments of Baha’is in Iran in recent months. Since June, at least 14 Baha’is have been arrested, a trend that exemplifies a pattern of systematic persecution of Iranian Baha’is by the government, this despite its claims to uphold international standards of human rights. In Yazd, 20 Baha’is who had originally been acquitted of charges leveled against them…

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Threatening anti-Baha’i posters distributed in Yazd, Iran

Threatening anti-Baha’i posters distributed in Yazd, Iran

GENEVA, 18 June 2014, (BWNS) — A highly inflammatory and threatening flier calling Baha’is “godless” was distributed in the city of Yazd, Iran, last week on the eve of an important Shiite holy day. The anonymously authored leaflet was posted on walls and also placed on the homes and cars of Baha’is, said Diane Ala’i, the representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations in Geneva.“The distribution of this poster was obviously timed to inflame religious passions against…

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In the Arab world, a new discourse on religious coexistence takes root

In the Arab world, a new discourse on religious coexistence takes root

MANAMA, Bahrain, 4 June 2014, (BWNS) — Throughout the Arab world, a new discussion on how to live peacefully side by side with the followers of all religions has begun to take shape. This discourse is inspired partly by the dramatic call of an Iranian Ayatollah for religious coexistence with Baha’is, but has since taken on a life of its own, becoming a heartfelt discussion about the situation of religious freedom in Arab lands. “Man was created ‘free,’ and from the…

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Unseen Valor: Acts of Interfaith Courage

Unseen Valor: Acts of Interfaith Courage

Editor’s Note: This story is from the Bahá’í World News website. NEW YORK, 16 May 2014, (BWNS) — In this world of division and conflict, it takes a special kind of courage for those in a dominant group to break ranks and speak out on behalf of the oppressed, especially when this comes at great personal risk. Examples, often overlooked, can be found in many places, such as when Albanians refused to round up Jews during World War II, when…

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Trial of Baha’i educators: condemnation spreads

Trial of Baha’i educators: condemnation spreads

GENEVA, 7 November 2011, (BWNS) — As more information has emerged regarding the trial of seven Baha’i educators, the worldwide outcry at the persecution of Iranian Baha’i students and teachers continues to spread. In recent days, politicians in Brazil, academics in Germany and Ireland, and an international group of distinguished filmmakers, have condemned the systematic barring of Baha’is from higher education in Iran, and the Iranian government’s attack on the Baha’i community’s informal efforts to educate its own young members….

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Baha’i educators sentenced

Baha’i educators sentenced

NEW YORK,  18 October 2011 — Seven Baha’i educators in Iran have each received four- or five-year prison sentences, according to reports received by the Baha’i International Community. Verdicts against the seven were reportedly handed down by a judge at Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. The educators have been detained for almost five months in connection with their involvement in an informal community initiative – known as the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) – in which…

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Lawyer Arrested Ahead of Trial of Baha’i Educators

Lawyer Arrested Ahead of Trial of Baha’i Educators

16 September 2011 GENEVA — As a number of Baha’is in Iran await trial for providing higher education to youth barred from university, the Baha’i International Community has been distressed to learn of the arrest of a lawyer who was preparing to defend them. Abdolfattah Soltani – a senior member of the legal team representing the prisoners – was arrested last Saturday. Mr. Soltani was a co-founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Center along with four other lawyers including…

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Live from San Francisco: Association of Baha’i Studies Conference

Live from San Francisco: Association of Baha’i Studies Conference

Coming to you live from the Conference. “When you’re trying to figure out what you believe, just ask yourself why other people believe it.” — Dale McGowan PhD in Parenting Beyond Belief This was the kickoff for Lisa Ortuno’s talk on Evolutionary Christianity and Biologos and the way in which the Christian faith community is grappling with the relationship between their own faith and science. What’s the Baha’i investment in this? It’s our “task”, if you will, to try to…

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News: Religions unite to urge G8 leaders to take bold action on global issues

News: Religions unite to urge G8 leaders to take bold action on global issues

BORDEAUX, France, 31 May 2011 (BWNS) – Representatives of the Baha’i Faith have joined a call for the G8 bloc of nations to take bold action on the interconnected crises faced by humanity. Two Baha’i delegates gathered with Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto and Sikh colleagues, as well as members of interfaith organisations, at the Religious Summit in Bordeaux to deliberate on matters related to the agendas of the G8 Deauville Summit and the G20 Cannes Summit, scheduled for 3-4 November…

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