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UN Passes Resolution Expressing "Serious Concern" Over Baha'is' Human Rights in IRan

December 22, 2004

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=341

On December 22, 2004 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "For the 17th time since 1985, the United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution expressing 'serious concern' over the human rights situation in Iran, making specific mention of the ongoing persecution of the Baha'i community there. The resolution, introduced by Canada, passed by a vote of 71 to 54 on 20 December 2004. It called...

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Taiwanese Baha'is Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Faith's Arrival

December 16, 2004

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=339

On December 16, 2004 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "A Western-style villa with an oriental flavor and a beautiful garden attracts the attention of passers-by here but its significance is much more than that of a tourist attraction. Originally the home of prominent early members of the Baha'i Faith in this former capital of Taiwan, the building now serves as the center for a thriving Baha'i...

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One Baha'i, 18 Muslims Imprisoned in Crackdown on Religious Activity

December 13, 2004

Source: Forum 18 News Service

http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=475

On December 13, 2004 Forum 18 News Service reported, "One Baha'i and 18 Muslims were imprisoned for up to two weeks in September, during a crackdown on religious activity in the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhichevan (Naxçivan), between Armenia, Turkey and Iran, Forum 18 News Service has learnt. Baha'i sources told Forum 18 that they believe the charges against Tavachur Aliev were fabricated, to...

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Baha'is, Largest Religious Minority in Iran, Face Harassment and Persecution

December 6, 2004

Source: Radio Free Europe

http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/12/094e1d63-f94b-49b0-a765-49e59edb7014.html

On December 6, 2004 Radio Free Europe reported, "Baha'is are Iran's largest religious minority, but their faith is not recognized in the country's constitution and they have long faced harassment and persecution. The European Union recently lodged a formal complaint with Iranian authorities over the arrest and harassment of...

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Head of State Greets Participants at Baha'i 50th Anniversary Celebration

November 30, 2004

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=337

On November 30, 2004 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "A royal welcome greeted participants at the 'Waves of One Ocean' conference that marked the 50th anniversary of the Baha'i Faith in Samoa and the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Baha'i House of Worship here. The Head of State of Samoa, His Highness Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II, [who is a Baha'i,] said he extended his greetings...

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Government Officials Pay Tribute to Baha'i Community at 50th Anniversary Celebration

November 14, 2004

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=332

On November 14, 2004 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "Prominent government officials paid tribute to the Baha'i community at a gala dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Baha'i Faith to this country. The anniversary was 'a very special and important occasion,' the Secretary of State for Industry, Claudio Felici, told 100 prominent citizens of San Marino and their...

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American Journalist Brought Baha'i Faith to Guinea 50 Years Ago

October 28, 2004

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=330

On October 28, 2004 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "When Elise Lynelle arrived in this West African country in 1954 to introduce the teachings of the Baha'i Faith, she faced two major obstacles. The first was a restriction on free association between whites and blacks. The second was that she was allowed only a one-month visa, barely enough time to get settled, let alone explain the...

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Togo Baha'is Celebrate Jubilee Year

October 19, 2004

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=329

On October 19, 2004 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "A message from one of the Baha'is who introduced the Baha'i Faith to Togo was a highlight of the jubilee celebrations held here. 'I love you all so much, pray for your spiritual growth and that you may continue in faith and teaching the Cause of Baha'u'llah -- the Cause of God,' wrote Mavis Nymon, 82, who now lives in the United States and...

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Govt Authorities Demolish Historic Baha'i Sites

October 17, 2004

Source: Malden Observer 

http://www2.townonline.com/malden/artsLifestyle/view.bg?articleid=105114

On October 17, 2004 Malden Observer  reported, "In recent months, government authorities in Iran have demolished historic sites of great artistic and cultural significance, which are also sacred to the country's Baha'i religious minority. In response to the demolitions, the United States Baha'i community has placed a statement in the Sept. 12 edition of...

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Baha'is Protest "Cultural Cleansing" in Iran

October 10, 2004

Source: Helena Independent Record

http://www.helenair.com/articles/2004/10/10/top/a01101004_01.txt

On October 10, 2004 Helena Independent Record reported, "Since 1979, according to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States, more than 200 Iranian Baha'is have been labeled heretics and killed. Thousands more have been imprisoned, denied access to work and turned away from higher education. The assembly compared Iran's extremist...

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Govt Official: Baha'i Principles Could Be Useful in Considering Social and Economic Problems

October 6, 2004

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=328

On October 6, 2004 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "The principles of the Baha'i Faith 'could shed light on what steps our society should take to improve our social and economic life,' a senior government official told participants at the Baha'i jubilee celebrations in this West African nation. The theme of the 27-29 August 2004 celebrations, which commemorated the establishment of the Faith...

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Baha'i 50th Anniversary Celebration Examines Social and Economic Problems

September 28, 2004

Source: Ghana Home Page/GNA

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=64958

On September 28, 2004 GNA reported, "Mr. Agyeman Manu, a Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, has said no human society could enjoy sustainable development without taking account of spiritual principles such as truthfulness, honesty, love, equity and justice. He said the world had reached a stage where only gross domestic product, inflation...

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Photo Exhibit Highlights Scotland's Religious Leaders

September 14, 2004

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/features.cfm?id=1076062004

On September 14, 2004 The Scotsman reported, "Each of the men and women captured on film by [photographer Luke] Watson is a prominent member of a different faith community in Scotland. They make up a rich panorama of traditions, and will be displayed as part of the Keeping Faith exhibition, which opens on Friday at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Archbishop Brian Smith, of the Scottish...

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Baha'is Draw Attention to Destruction of Holy Sites in Iran

September 12, 2004

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=323

On September 12, 2004 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "The destruction of yet another Baha'i holy place in Iran has prompted an outcry by Baha'is around the world, who see that the Iranian Government is persisting in a campaign of persecution so extreme in the fanaticism driving it that it even jeopardizes invaluable assets of the country's cultural heritage. The demolition in June of an...

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Baha'i Youth Conference Draws Participants from Multiple Religions

August 22, 2004

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story.cfm?storyid=319

On August 22, 2004 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "A Baha'i youth conference here attracted participants from Baha'i, Muslim, Christian, and traditional African religious backgrounds. They gathered at the University of N'Zerekore in the forest region of this French-speaking country to learn about the teachings, history, and administration of the Baha'i Faith through...

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