Bahá'í

Turkmen, Uzbek Faith Groups Still Under Pressure

July 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Institute for War & Peace Reporting

http://www.iwpr.net/?p=bca&s=b&o=345801&apc_state=henh

The state of religious freedoms in both Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan remains as poor as ever, with both governments suspicious of Muslim and non-Muslim faith groups alike.

At a White House meeting on July 14 dedicated to the tenth anniversary of the United States’ International Religious Freedom Act, President...

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Baha’i Shrines Chosen as World Heritage Sites

July 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/642

A United Nations committee meeting here has determined that two Bahá’í shrines in Israel possess “outstanding universal value” and should be considered as part of the cultural heritage of humanity.

The decision today by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee means that the two most sacred sites for Bahá'ís – the resting places of the...

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Baha'i Building on Faith

June 22, 2008

Author: Tim Martain

Source: The Sunday Tasmanian

http://www.news.com.au/mercury/story/0,22884,23902992-921,00.html

The Baha'i faith may be something of a mystery to many Tasmanians but members of the religion are keen to help people understand more.

As Hobart's distinctive Baha'i Centre for Learning nears completion next to the ABC Centre, the local Baha'i community was more than happy to throw open the doors for the Sunday...

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Baha’i Faith Picnic Celebrates Diversity in Community

June 8, 2008

Author: Jessica Jordan

Source: Gainesville Time

http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/article/6254/

Red and yellow, black and white were all welcomed to the Race Unity Day picnic at Wilshire Trails Park by the Baha’i faith of Hall County.

Race Unity Day took place Sunday and is a concept local Baha’i community members have celebrated at Longwood Park or Wilshire Trails Park for at least the past 10 years, said Baha’i...

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Baha'i Leader Decries Iran's Action

June 6, 2008

Author: Paige Aarhus

Source: London Free Press

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Local/2008/06/06/5790241-sun.html

One of Canada's Baha'i leaders, speaking in London yesterday, called on members of the faith to stand strong behind other Baha'is facing persecution in Iran.

Enayat Rawhani, one of nine members of the Baha'i Community of Canada's national assembly, said the recent arrest and imprisonment of six Baha'i leaders in...

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Bahá’í-Inspired Development Program Highlighted at U.N. Meeting

May 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/633

A Bahá’í-inspired program that has trained thousands of people in Honduras and Colombia to contribute to rural development was highlighted as a model for sustainable development at a major U.N. meeting this month.

The program, known as SAT -- an acronym for Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial (Tutorial Learning System) -- was presented in a three-hour...

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Foreign Affairs Minister Slams Detention of Baha'i Leaders in Iran

May 17, 2008

Author: Steven Edwards

Source: Canwest News Service

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=b4d8e627-705a-4381-8851-4db668153516

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier has criticized Iran's jailing of six Baha'i leaders this week without charges as "unacceptable."

Iran intelligence officials arrested the four men and two women early Wednesday in raids that...

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Six Baha'i Leaders Arrested in Iran; Pattern Matches Deadly Sweeps of Early 1980s

May 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/632

Six Bahá’í leaders in Iran were arrested and taken to the notorious Evin prison yesterday in a sweep that is ominously similar to episodes in the 1980s when scores of Iranian Bahá’í leaders were summarily rounded up and killed.

The six men and women, all members of the national-level group that helped see to the minimum needs of Bahá’í...

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Systematic Training Initiative Showing Results, Say Convention Delegates

May 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/630

There is a new wind blowing in the Bahá’í world.

That message came through loud and clear in three days of consultations at the 10th International Bahá’í Convention.

Delegates from 153 countries described how a systematic, grassroots process of community-building -- focused on training, learning and service -- is creating a new...

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Baha'is Elect Universal House of Justice

April 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/629

The results of the election of the nine members of the Universal House of Justice, the governing body of the Baha’i Faith, have been announced.

Delegates to the Tenth International Baha’i Convention cast ballots yesterday for membership in the council that serves as the head of the religion.

Those elected are Farzam Arbab, Kiser Barnes...

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Young Baha'is Address UK Parliamentarians on Human Rights

April 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/623

Four young people offered their view of human rights at a reception this week in the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament.

The reception is an annual event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Friends of the Baha'is. The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United Kingdom used this year’s reception to announce a program of activities planned to mark the...

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Bombing at Mosque in Southern Iran Kills 9 and Injures 105

April 13, 2008

Author: NAZILA FATHI

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/13/world/middleeast/13shiraz.html?scp=26&sq=religion&st=nyt

A powerful bomb exploded at a mosque in the southern city of Shiraz Saturday evening, killing at least nine people and injuring 105, the semiofficial Fars news agency reported.

The bomb exploded at 9 p.m. at the Shohada mosque, where the secretary to the city’...

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Vietnamese Baha'is Reach Milestone with Election of National Spiritual Assembly

April 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/617

The Baha'is of Vietnam have reached a historic milestone with the election - for the first time in many years - of a national Baha'i administrative body in that nation.

The Baha'i Faith is established in virtually every country of the world, and in most nations the Baha'is each year elect a National Spiritual Assembly of nine individuals to administer their...

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