Bahá'í

Baha'i International Community Sends Letter to Iran's Chief Prosecutor

March 6, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/702

The Baha'i International Community has issued an open letter to Iran's prosecutor general outlining the tragic history of the persecution of Baha'is in that country, explaining their innocence in the face of accusations made by the government, and asking for fairness in any upcoming trial of seven Baha'i prisoners.

Sent late yesterday by email to...

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Celebrating a Forbidden Faith: Bahá'í

March 6, 2009

Author: Jaweed Kaleem

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/top-stories/story/935382.html

Zeinab Salmanzadeh graduated from high school with stellar grades, but the university near her hometown in southwestern Iran repeatedly rejected her application. The only way she could continue her education was to study secretly with part-time tutors.

The sole reason: her religion.

Now a Kendall resident and...

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Historic 18-Week Conference Series Comes to An End

March 3, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/701

The historic series of 41 Baha’i conferences that began four months ago in southern Africa wrapped up last weekend in eastern Europe with a gathering in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.

Some 730 people – mostly from Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia – attended the Kiev event, which like all 41 of...

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Baha'i Follower Speaks Out About Religious Leaders' Arrests

March 2, 2009

Author: Deborah McDermott

Source: Seacoast Media Group

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20090302-NEWS-903020322

Sina Manoucherhi knows what discrimination is all about. As a member of the Baha'i faith growing up in his native Iran, he was prohibited from attending most public schools and denied a college education. His father was kicked out of the military and his brother was imprisoned for selling "Baha'i jewelry."

Now...

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Actions In Iran Worry Bahais In Fort Collins Area

March 2, 2009

Author: Jean Spencer

Source: The Coloradoan

http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20090302/NEWS01/903020318

For some, visiting childhood memories is impossible, not because the economy is rocky or because their house was replaced with a new development, but because going back would mean risking their lives.

Roshan Fair, a Fort Collins resident for 21 years, moved to Colorado from Iran in 1978 and said she "can never go back" because she...

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Local Baha'is Begin Holy Season, Pray for Imprisoned Leaders

February 28, 2009

Author: David Yonke

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090228/NEWS10/902280341/-1/NEWS40

As members of the local Baha'i community enter a holy season of prayer and fasting, their worship is tempered by concerns for the safety of seven religious leaders facing trial in Iran.

The festival of Ayyam-I-Ha, a time of celebration and fellowship in which Baha'is...

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Local Baha'i Worry About Iran Repression

February 26, 2009

Author: Catherine Buday

Source: Wicked Local Hudson

http://www.wickedlocal.com/hudson/news/x1237123677/Local-Bahai-worry-about-Iran-repression

Nearly three decades ago, Monireh lived the good life in Iran, with a well-paying job at an oil company, a guaranteed pension, a home and money in the bank.

But at midnight one night in 1980, during the early days of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, soldiers...

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Media Staff Learn About Baha’i Faith

February 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Seychelles Nation

http://www.nation.sc/index.php?art=15025

Members of the local media have been briefed on the principles of the Baha’i faith to use as a source of reference while covering various events.

The Baha’i faith is based on love, purity, kindness, radiance and the oneness of the world and its people, they were told. It calls on people to live collectively as one world so social justice may be...

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Baha'i Plan Prayer Gathering for 7 Members Jailed In Iran

February 21, 2009

Author: Meredith Moss

Source: Dayton Daily News

http://www.daytondailynews.com/l/content/oh/story/living/religion-faith/2009/02/21/ddn022109lifeinterfaith.html

Members of Miami Valley Baha'i are planning an interfaith prayer gathering on Monday, Feb. 23, in support of seven members of their religion who have been in prison in Iran for nearly a year.

The service will take place from...

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Utahns Protest Abuses Against Bahais In Iran

February 20, 2009

Author: Peggy Fletcher Stack

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/faith/ci_11752834

Mona Kashani Heern remembers sitting quietly at her desk in 1984 when her fifth-grade teacher asked, "Who is a Bahai?"

She and two others raised their hands.

Islamic religious teachers promptly escorted the trio from class, threatened them with hell and expelled them from school. Education was no longer an option for those following a faith...

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European Union Expresses “Deep Concern” Over Seven Baha'i Prisoners

February 18, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá'í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/699

The European Union yesterday issued a statement expressing its “deep concern” over Iran’s plans to bring seven imprisoned Baha'i leaders to trial for espionage and other charges soon. The Baha’i International Community has called for their immediate release, maintaining their innocence and characterizing the regime’s claims as an “...

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Britain 'Very Concerned' Over Iranian Bahai Charges

February 16, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hEu0sp74jy3T_pHzfwEA13pA8e9w

Britain expressed concern Monday over charges laid against seven members of the banned Bahai religion in Iran, accusing Tehran of targeting religious minorities.

The charges, which include "espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic republic", were brought...

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US Condemns Religious Persecution In Iran

February 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: VOA News

http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-02-14-voa19.cfm

U.S. officials have condemned Iran's reported decision to try seven members of the Baha'i faith for espionage, saying the charges are "baseless."

A U.S. State Department spokesman, Robert Wood, issued a statement on Friday, saying the accusations against those detained are part of the ongoing persecution of Baha'is in Iran.

Earlier this week...

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Iran to Try Bahais for Spying for Israel

February 11, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gm3BC6Bpgv5iJ4wPzxgp9HftDhrA

Iran will soon try seven members of the banned Bahai religion on charges including "espionage for Israel," the ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

"The charges against seven defendants in the case of the illegal Bahai group were examined ... and the case will be sent to the revolutionary court next...

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