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"Is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself, both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions?"

~Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá’í World News Service
The Bahá’í World News Service reports on current Bahá’í activity around the world.

Youth Conferences

Message from The Universal House of Justice, the international governing council of the Baha’i’s,addressed to the 114 Youth Conferences throughout the World, dated 1 July 2013.

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The Baha'i House of Worship of India

The Baha'i House of Worship in New Delhi, which is considered as India’s symbol of communal harmony by the Government of India, was dedicated to the people of India and all humanity in December 1986.

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National News of the Baha'is of India

Human rights champions in Iran commemorate sixth anniversary of imprisonment of Baha'i leaders

 

(New Delhi, Source: BWNS) — In an unprecedented show of solidarity, influential Iranian personalities, human rights activists, journalists, and a prominent religious leader gathered this week in Tehran to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the imprisonment of the seven Iranian Baha'i leaders and to express support for them.

News of this highly significant gathering spread rapidly through online and social media yesterday. The centerpiece of the coverage was a photograph of those assembled in a private home around a large photograph of the seven.

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Muslim leaders embrace Ayatollah Tehrani's call for religious coexistence

Ibrahim Mogra

Hojatoleslam Mohammad Taghi Maybodi     Allama Abulfateh G.R. Chishti

Maulana Khalid              Fiyaz Mughal

Rasheed Farangi Mahli

(New Delhi, Source: BWNS- 14 May 2014) - Muslim leaders in Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Bahrain, India, and Iran are echoing the call for religious tolerance and "coexistence" with Baha'is, issued last month by a senior Iranian religious leader.

The expression of support is significant because many Muslim leaders interpret Islamic teachings as saying that only three faiths – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – are divine in origin and therefore legitimate as systems of religious belief. This has led to restrictions on religious freedom in some countries.

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Shiraz cemetery demolition continues by the Revolutionary Guards

NEW YORK, 8 May 2014, (BWNS) — Despite a worldwide outcry, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards is continuing to destroy a historic Baha'i cemetery in Shiraz, Iran.

The ongoing demolition – which is understood to be taking place without a permit from municipal authorities – continues unabated. Ironically, President Hassan Rouhani's advisor on religious and ethnic minorities spoke last Friday in a synagogue in Shiraz and called on Iranians to respect the rights of religious minorities. All the while, the revolutionary guards were carrying out the ongoing destruction in another part of the city.

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Destruction of historic Baha'i cemetery under way in Shiraz by Iranian Revolutionary Guards

NEW YORK, 1 May 2014, (BWNS) — The Baha'i International Community was shocked to hear the news that Iran's Revolutionary Guards has begun excavation in a historically important Baha'i cemetery in Shiraz. The site is, among other things, the resting place of ten Baha'i women whose cruel hanging in 1983 came to symbolize the government's deadly persecution of Baha'is.

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No to Religious Discrimination against anyone

OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

PRESS RELEASE

3 May 2014

No to Religious Discrimination against anyone

New Delhi: On the occasion of the 6th anniversary of the incarceration of the Seven Bahá’í leaders in Iran, the Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá’ís of India has launched a national campaign from 1 to 14 May for raising awareness and public opinion on the plight of the Bahá’ís, which constitute the largest non-Muslim religious minority in Iran. The campaign invites concerned citizens of India to join in appealing the Government of India to urge Iran to free the Seven Bahá’í leaders who have been unjustly imprisoned since May 2008, serving a prison sentence of twenty years. Local Bahá’í councils in over 40 locations in India have joined the campaign. The slogan of the campaign given by the Seven from behind prison bars says: “No to Religious Discrimination against anyone!”

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