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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

Award-winning film explores power of religion

20 October 2015, (BWNS)—Internationally renowned Iranian director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, has made available to the general public his award-winning film, The Gardener.

Filmed in the Baha'i gardens on the slopes of Mount Carmel and in the outskirts of the fortress city of Acre, it is an exploration of religion, reflected in a dialogue between father and son.

The two characters represent the differing views of two generations. For the father, played by Makhmalbaf himself, religion possesses a profound power. While that power has been used for destructive ends, Makhmalbaf argues that it has also been channeled towards peace, forgiveness, and love — and can be again.

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Iranian President Rouhani's speech to UN falls short on human rights

NEW YORK, 29 September 2015, (BWNS) — The Baha'i International Community expressed its disappointment over Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's failure to address the human rights situation in his country during his speech today at the United Nations.

"While we note the promise of coexistence and dialogue with other nations that marked President Rouhani's speech, we are extremely disappointed that he did not discuss any steps he would take to improve the human rights of Iranian citizens," said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations.

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Faith leaders contribute to UN Agenda 2030

BRISTOL, United Kingdom, 16 September 2015, (BWNS) — The Baha'i International Community (BIC) and representatives of 23 other major religious traditions have offered to the United Nations (UN) ideas and action plans in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—called Agenda 2030, the UN's primary development agenda for the next 15 years.

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Across oceans, spirit of sacrifice binds two communities

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, 15 September 2015, (BWNS)—The Pacific Ocean is home to one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse countries in the world. In this nation—Papua New Guinea (PNG)—over 800 languages are spoken, and some 700 tribal groups inhabit the mountainous terrain.

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Baha'i family in Iran forced to give up body of a loved one for unlawful burial

 

New Delhi, 17 July 2015 (Source: BWNS) — The recent experience of a Baha'i family in Sanandaj, a town in the Kurdistan province of Iran, highlights the cruel absurdities practiced by the Iranian authorities towards some of its citizens, members of this faith community—the largest non-Muslim religion in the country.

On 12 July 2015, a Baha'i, Mrs. Baji Muhammadifard passed away and her family sought a burial permit to inter her body in the Baha'i cemetery in Sanandaj. This was refused, with the officials insisting—against the existing laws in Iran—that Mrs. Muhammadifard's body be laid to rest in the Baha'i cemetery in Ghorveh, a town located approximately an hour and a half's journey from Sanandaj.

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