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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

Dialogue on development paves new path in India

INDORE, 14 April 2015, (BWNS) — Approximately 90 academics, development practitioners, and university students gathered for a seminar here on 7 April, to explore the direction of development planning and policies in India.

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As human-rights violations against Baha’is in Iran escalate, global ‘Education is Not a Crime’ initiative gains momentum

Public Information

Bahaí Office of Public Affairs

PRESS RELEASE

New Delhi

20 February 2015

For Immediate Release

 

An intensification of the persecution of the Bahaí community in Iran over the last 18 months has prompted declarations of support for that country’s largest religious minority from prominent voices, and has spurred a worldwide initiative called “Education is Not a Crime”.

The 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran marked the beginning of what has become systematic and state-sponsored persecution of the Bahaís in the land of their Faith’s birth – solely because of their religious belief.

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Launch of the new version of the website of the worldwide Baha’i community

Dear Friends

We are happy to inform you that the website of the worldwide Baha'i community at www.bahai.org has been launched in a new version, representing the latest stage in the development of an official presence on the Web that extends back to 1996. The site explores the beliefs and writings of the Baha'i Faith and presents the experience of those throughout the world who, inspired by the teachings of Baha'u'llah, are striving to contribute to the betterment of society.

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On three continents prominent Muslims denounce persecution of Iran's Baha'is, call for religious coexistence

In the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, prominent Muslims have spoken out recently against the persecution of the Baha'is in Iran, denouncing the religious intolerance that is the motivating force behind the oppression of that country's largest religious minority. Inspired in part by Iranian Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi Tehrani, who recently issued a call asking specifically for "coexistence" with Baha'is, Ayatollah al-Faqih Seyyed Hussein Ismail al-Sadr, the most senior Shi'a cleric in Baghdad, Iraq; the Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa; and Dr. Ghaleb Bencheikh, Chair of Religions for Peace in France, have all praised Ayatollah Tehrani's action as both principled and courageous, endorsing his appeal for a fresh discourse on the shared values among different religions as part of an effort to promote harmonious coexistence                                     

Ayatollah Seyyed Hussein Ismail al-Sadr

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United Nations condemns gang-rape and murder of teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh and calls for justice

Press Statement

Statement by Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator; Dr Rebecca R Tavares, Representative, UN Women’s India Multi Country Office and Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF Representative to India.

New Delhi, 4 June 2014: The UN in India condemns the brutal gang-rape and murder of two teenaged girls on the night of May 28 in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district and calls for immediate action against the perpetrators and to address violence against women and girls across India.

Ending violence against women and girls is a fundamental goal of the United Nations. The UN system in India stands united with people across the country to do what it takes to ensure that every woman and every girl can live safely and with dignity everywhere. "There should be justice for the families of the two teenaged girls and for all the women and girls from lower caste communities who are targeted and raped in rural India. Violence against women is not a women’s issue, it's a human rights issue," said Lise Grande, Resident Coordinator of the UN system in India.

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