Bahá'í

The Baha'is Of Ivel: Undaunted Spirit

July 11, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha’i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/782

Following the demolition of Baha'i homes in the Iranian village of Ivel –reported last week – there is another story that must also be told: that of sympathetic villagers who have commiserated with their Baha'i neighbors over the injustices they have been forced to endure.

It is also the story of an undaunted spirit and a commitment to social good that...

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Iran's Bahai Community Fear Rise In Persecution

July 2, 2010

Author: Kasra Naji

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/10494631.stm

First there are the images of wooden beams on fire. Then buildings come into view, some without windows and doors, others reduced to rubble.

The shaky mobile phone footage posted on YouTube by Iranian human rights activists shows scenes of destruction filmed secretly from inside a car.

The activists say the footage shows the results of an attack on...

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Homes Demolished in Campaign to Drive Baha'is Out Of Iranian Village

June 28, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha’i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/780

Homes belonging to some 50 Baha'i families in a remote village in northern Iran have been demolished as part of a long-running campaign to expel them from the region.

The action occurred in Ivel, Mazandaran, when inhabitants – incited by elements inimical to the Baha'i community – blocked normal access to the village, while allowing trucks and at least four front-...

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Ongoing Trial Of Iran's Baha'i Leaders Highlighted On Global Day Of Action

June 13, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/777

On a global day of action highlighting human rights abuses in Iran, the European Union and the Prime Minister of Canada issued strong statements calling for Iran to respect international law.

In a declaration made on behalf of the European Union, its High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton, said, "We call on Iran to respect...

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Fourth Court Date for Imprisoned Baha’i Leaders Set for 12 June

June 1, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/775

The seven Baha'i leaders imprisoned for more than two years in Iran are scheduled to make their fourth court appearance on 12 June, the Baha'i International Community has learned.

The date coincides with the first anniversary of last year's contested presidential election in Iran, as well as a global day of action aimed at calling attention to human rights abuses in that...

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Irish President Makes Historic Visit to Baha'i Centre

May 28, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/774

The President of the Republic of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has praised the universality of the Baha'i teachings and the contribution its members make to the life of their nation.

"You are marked out as people with values that are worth observing, worth learning from, worth looking at, worth imitating and so never be in any doubt of the value you are every single day in this...

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Seven Baha'i Leaders Kept Locked Up

May 14, 2010

Author: Hillary May

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/14/seven-bahai-leaders-kept-locked-up/

Two years ago to date, the top leaders of the Baha'i movement in Iran were enjoying the last peaceful morning they would see in a long time.

While in their homes, four men and two women - a seventh leader had been arrested previously - were dragged off by government officials to...

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Calls for Action As Iranian Baha'i Leaders Enter Third Year In Prison

May 10, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/771

As seven Baha'i leaders in Iran enter their third year of imprisonment, new details about the harsh conditions of their incarceration have emerged, prompting renewed calls for their immediate release.

The prisoners are Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani, Mr. Afif Naeimi, Mr. Saeid Rezaie, Mrs. Mahvash Sabet, Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Mr. Vahid Tizfahm.

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Calls for Action As Iranian Baha'i Leaders Enter Third Year In Prison

May 10, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/771

As seven Baha'i leaders in Iran enter their third year of imprisonment, new details about the harsh conditions of their incarceration have emerged, prompting renewed calls for their immediate release.

The prisoners are Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani, Mr. Afif Naeimi, Mr. Saeid Rezaie, Mrs. Mahvash Sabet, Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Mr. Vahid Tizfahm.

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American Baha'is Celebrate Holiest Period And Elect Leaders: April 21 to May 2

April 25, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Media Newswire

http://media-newswire.com/release_1116289.html

American Baha'is will soon celebrate Ridvan, the holiest period of the year which commemorates the Baha'i Founder's declaration as God's messenger, and will elect national and local leaders. 

From April 21 to May 2, hundreds of thousands of Baha'is will observe Ridvan [pronounced RIZ-von] with fellowship and devotional gatherings that recognize the...

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Update On Third Trial Session Of Iranian Baha'i Leaders

April 13, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/767

Details are emerging from yesterday's court appearance in Tehran of seven imprisoned Iranian Baha'i leaders.

The Baha'i International Community has learned that when the prisoners arrived at the court, their families were not allowed to enter, signaling a closed hearing.

Inside the courtroom, however, the prisoners saw numerous officials and interrogators from the...

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Omid Djlalili, UK's Iranian Comic, Takes On the Muslim-Jewish Divide

April 12, 2010

Author: Michael Theodoulou

Source: The National

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100412/FOREIGN/704119940/1135/NEWS

Portly, besuited and bald, Omid Djalili glides into the spotlight with his remarkably graceful, trademark belly-dance. He sports a winning grin and swings his microphone suggestively at midriff level.

Like all successful comedians, he has his audience tittering before...

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Baha'is Barred From Leaving Iran

March 31, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Radio Free Europe

http://www.rferl.org/content/Bahais_Barred_From_Leaving_Iran/1999282.html

The Baha'i representative to the United Nations says that 50 Baha'is in southern Iran have been barred from leaving the country, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

Diane Alai of the Baha'i International Community told RFE/RL the Baha'is were arrested in 2006 for teaching classes to underprivileged...

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