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Bahá’í World News Service
- "Five Years Too Many" campaign leads to global outpouring of support - A global outpouring of support and concern for the plight of the seven Iranian Baha'i leaders – and for the situation of other prisoners of conscience in Iran – marked worldwide commemorations of the fifth anniversary of the arrest of these Baha'is. Statements calling for the immediate release of the seven came from every continent, issued by government officials, religious leaders, human...
- New video for House of Worship in Chile released - A new video for the House of Worship for the South American continent in Santiago, Chile has recently been made available in English and Spanish. It can be viewed online at the House of Worship's official website. Titled "the Blossoming of a Vibrant Community", the newsreel is the third in an ongoing series of presentations about the...
- Iranian Baha'is face "widespread and entrenched" discrimination says UN Committee - Yesterday the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights issued a series of pointed recommendations to the Iranian government – recommendations that included a plea for Iran to ensure that all citizens, regardless of religious belief, enjoy full rights without any discrimination. The Committee specifically referred to the Baha'i community, expressing its concern that Iranian Baha'is...
- Four top UN human rights experts call for immediate release of seven imprisoned Iranian Baha'i leaders - Four high-level United Nations human rights experts today called on Iran to immediately release the seven imprisoned Baha'i leaders. In a press release issued on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the arrest of the seven, the four experts emphasized that the seven are held solely because of their religious beliefs, that their continued imprisonment is unjust and wrongful, and that Iran's...
Bahá’í News UK
- Unique collection of poems by imprisoned Iranian Bahá’í launched - LONDON, 7 June 2013 – A unique collection of poetry written inside Iran’s notorious Evin prison by one of Iran’s seven jailed Bahá’í leaders has been launched here. The book entitled Prison Poems brings together poems written by 55-year old Mahvash Sabet. She and six colleagues were the members of an informal group that looked after the spiritual and social needs of Iran’s 300,000-strong Bahá’í minority. The seven were arrested in 2008 and each sentenced to 20-year prison terms on trumped-up charges. Ms. Sabet’s poems, all penned since she has been imprisoned, have been published [...]
- Faith leaders urge William Hague to call for release of imprisoned Bahá’ís in Iran - LONDON, 14 May — Fifty leaders of faith communities in the United Kingdom have signed an open letter, addressed to the Rt Hon William Hague MP, the Foreign Secretary, calling on him to renew the UK Government’s support for the seven imprisoned leaders of the long-suffering Bahá’í community in Iran, the country’s largest religious minority. May 14th marks the day that these seven innocent Bahá’í leaders have been behind bars for five years, imprisoned solely because of their religious beliefs. The letter was received on the Foreign Secretary’s behalf, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, [...]
- In London, seminar discusses access to justice in Iran - LONDON, 9 May 2013 – Issues of due legal process and access to justice in Iran came under scrutiny at a high-level seminar, organised to mark the fifth anniversary of the arrest of Iran’s seven former Baha’i leaders. Held at the Law Society of England and Wales – and co-hosted by the Bar Human Rights Committee – the seminar on Thursday 9 May attracted more than 50 practising barristers, solicitors and human rights lawyers. The seminar heard how the trial and sentencing of the seven Baha’is to 20 years in prison each, was conducted under [...]
- Baha’is celebrate Ridvan at House of Commons - LONDON, 22 April 2013 – The reception, which was hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Friends of the Baha’is at the House of Commons, was an opportunity for the Baha’i community to share in this festive period with its friends and collaborators from across the country. Faith leaders, Members of Parliament, civil society activists, diplomats and others all gathered to celebrate the festival. Louise Ellman MP, chair of the all-party group, welcomed the assembled guests. Ridvan marks the time when the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’u’llah, announced that He was the Manifestation of God for [...]
- Bahá’ís sign open letter on Millennium Development Goals - LONDON – An open letter, “Thirteen years on, the MDG values are as imperative as ever,” calling on the world’s G8 governments to renew their commitments to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and signed by religious leaders and councils from all the major faiths of the G8 countries, was published today in the Financial Times newspaper. Writing in the paper on the date marking 1,000 days until the 2015 deadline of the MDGs, which were agreed at the UN’s Millennium Summit in 2000, the 88 religious representatives The signatories, lead by Archibishop Justin Welby of [...]
Recent Bahá’í references on Google News:
- Dominion Post, June 17 - Iranian
- Maggiore-Yaganagi - Grand Island Independent
- Protest against Municipality of Colchester planned over legal wrangling of former ... - Truro Daily News
- New front in bunker battle - TheChronicleHerald.ca
- Her faith, and her leap of faith: Janice Lever's book chronicles years spent in ... - San Jose Mercury News
- Bonus interview: Sobhan, a Baha'i Iranian refugee - euronews
- Stort Interfaith Group backs call to end Baha'i persecution - Herts and Essex Observer
- Sounding the alarm on Iran's human rights violations - Jerusalem Post
- "Five Years Too Many" campaign leads to global outpouring of support - Baha'i World News Service
- Candle-Lit Vigil for Prisoners of Conscience in Iran - Scoop.co.nz (press release)