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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

Reaction to meeting with a Baha’i exposes the truth

 

New Delhi, 20 May 2016 (Source: BWNS) — A storm of furious denunciation, in reaction to a simple meeting between two friends in a private home, has dramatically exposed the duplicity of the Iranian authorities who have repeatedly claimed that their treatment of Baha'is is not motivated by religious prejudice.

The encounter which has generated the controversy was the visit of Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of former president of Iran Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, to the home of Fariba Kamalabadi, one of the seven former Baha'i leaders who have been in prison since 2008.

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Campaign for the release of the seven Baha’i Leaders in Iran#ReleaseBahai7Now

New Delhi: In observance of the 8th anniversary of the arrest and incarceration of the Seven Bahá’í leaders in Iran, the Baha'i community of India organized a special prayer service on Sunday, 15 May 2016, at the Baha'i House of Worship (Lotus Temple). More than 300 youth and adults converged to pray for the immediate release of the seven and to ease the persecution of the Bahá’í community in Iran.

Following the prayers 300 sky lanterns were released in the air as a symbolic act heralding freedom, justice and peaceful co-existence for all in a land which has historically prided itself in liberating people from the shackles of oppression and tyranny.

This event was part of the global campaign launched by the Baha'i International Community with the slogan, Enough!Release the Baha’i Seven,  calling for the immediate release of the seven and raising  awareness and public opinion on the plight of the Bahá’ís, which constitute the largest non-Muslim religious minority in Iran. This campaign is emphasizing the fact that, under Iran’s own national penal code, the seven are now overdue for conditional release. They should never have been arrested in the first place and their long incarceration – based exclusively on their religious beliefs – is unjustifiable legally, logically, and morally.

   

Iranian Baha’is are facing systematic, state-sponsored religious persecution in Iran for the past 37 years. Baha'is are denied to employment. The Bahai

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Seminar highlights links between religious freedom and economic prosperity

LONDON, 6 March 2016, (BWNS) — In Iran, the Bahá'í community continues to endure intense persecution solely based on religious belief, a blatant violation of a fundamental human right.  Unfortunately, throughout the world, freedom of religion or belief is one of the most violated rights.

An emerging body of research is suggesting that ensuring such freedoms within business could not only address a major social ill, but also be an unrecognized asset to economic recovery and growth.  On 2 March 2016, a seminar held at the UK parliament, and hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Baha'i Faith, heard that there is a strong correlation between religious freedom, economic freedom, and other civil political freedoms.

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Local economies point to the future

INDORE, India, 3 March 2016, (BWNS)—How does a nation whose economy is growing by 7 percent a year allow for economic prosperity without fueling the rising inequality between rich and poor?  How does it connect with the global market system without losing its spiritual and social values?  These were some of the questions that animated a recent symposium titled "Strengthening Local Economies for a Just Global Order", held on 23 February at Devi Ahilya University in Indore.

Some 150 faculty and students participated in the event, organized by the Bahá'í Chair for Studies in Development and the University's School of Economics.

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Local economies point to the future

INDORE, India, 3 March 2016, (BWNS)—How does a nation whose economy is growing by 7 percent a year allow for economic prosperity without fueling the rising inequality between rich and poor?  How does it connect with the global market system without losing its spiritual and social values?  These were some of the questions that animated a recent symposium titled "Strengthening Local Economies for a Just Global Order", held on 23 February at Devi Ahilya University in Indore.

Some 150 faculty and students participated in the event, organized by the Bahá'í Chair for Studies in Development and the University's School of Economics.

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