A statement of the Baha'i International Community to the 56th session of the Commission for Social Development
To eradicate poverty is to build the world anew - economically, but also morally, culturally, and socially. A world without poverty, its communities and patterns of life, would bear little resemblance to the one around us today...
Raf Sanchez, Middle East Correspondent - Yemen’s Houthi rebels are waging a campaign of persecution against the country’s Baha’i minority and have already sentenced one of the community’s leaders to death, activists have warned.
Newly launched website 'Archives of Bahá’í Persecution in Iran'.
The website makes public, for the first time, thousands of official documents, reports, testimonials, and audio-visual material revealing documentary evidence of years of relentless persecution against the Bahá’ís in Iran.
SANA’A, Yemen — Over 100 known activists, lawyers, and leaders of thought have raised their voices over the past week in protest of the ordered death sentence of Yemeni Baha’i Hamed bin Haydara, unjustly imprisoned four years ago for his religious beliefs.
Responding to the news that Huthi authorities sentenced 52-year-old Yemeni prisoner of conscience Hamid Haydara to death for allegedly collaborating with Israel and forging official documents, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director said:
“The Huthi authorities must immediately quash the death sentence against Hamid Haydara. He is a prisoner of conscience who has been tried on account of his conscientiously held beliefs and peaceful activities as a member of the Baha’i community."
The British Museum: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword
November 03, 2017
The written word is central to the Baha’i Faith, the youngest of the world religions, whose Prophet-Founder Bahá’u’lláh was born 200 years ago. Hilary Freeman of the UK National Baha’i Archives Team tells the story behind some of the original writings of Bahá’u’lláh, currently on display in the Museum.
Michael Binyon - Two hundred years ago a man was born in Tehran who became a passionate promoter of the unity of God, of religion and of mankind. He took his message far beyond Persia, was persecuted and exiled, and in doing so became the founder of the world’s youngest global faith — the Baha’is.
The free speech advocacy group PEN International has given its annual Writer of Courage award to the Iranian poet Mahvash Sabet. She was released from jail in September this year after being imprisoned for almost a decade in Tehran.
Geneva - A United Nations (UN) resolution regarding the situation in Yemen, introduced by Egypt on behalf of the Arab Group and supported by the entire membership of the UN Human Rights Council, called for the release of all Baha’i detainees in the country.
London, United Kingdom - Youth and junior youth from diverse backgrounds, and from different parts of the United Kingdom, discuss the problems facing the world today and how Bahá’u’lláh’s message offers a healing remedy to address these issues. Animated sequences illustrate aspects of Bahá’u’lláh’s life, mission, and teachings.
UK Baha'i News: ‘Who is Baha’u’llah?’ – teaser released for film to be used in schools across the United Kingdom
June 26, 2017
London, United Kingdom - In honour of the bi-centennial year of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, the National Spiritual Assembly of the United Kingdom has commissioned a short film on the Personage of Baha’u’llah and His Teachings, that is to be used in schools across the country. It is envisaged that this film will not only inform, but also inspire young people from a variety of diverse settings and backgrounds to examine their own lives and capacities for service to humanity.
UK Baha'i News: The ‘Prison Poems Project’ – artists in the UK participate in #ReleaseBahai7Now campaign
May 23, 2017
United Kingdom - As the ‘Yaran’, the seven Baha’is in Iran who have been unlawfully imprisoned since 2008, enter their ninth year of incarceration, a campaign all over the world has begun, bringing attention to the plight of these friends and calling for their immediate release. From India to the United States to South Africa to the United Kingdom, the hashtags #ReleaseBahai7Now and #NotAnotherYear are being used across social media to highlight the efforts made.
Centre for Human Rights in Iran: Baha’i Persecution Worsens Under Rouhani Government
May 22, 2017
The persecution of the Baha’i religious minority in Iran has grown worse under President Hassan Rouhani, the spokesperson for the community at the United Nations in Geneva told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).
United Kingdom - over the last few weeks various artists from around the UK have come together to participate in the campaign #ReleaseBahai7Now, calling for the immediate release of 7 Baha'i prisoners in Iran who have been unjustly incarcerated for the last nine years.
BWNS: Yemen - Tribal leaders stand in solidarity with Yemeni Baha'is
May 16, 2017
Hundreds of Yemenis—led by tribal leaders and human rights activists—gathered on Monday morning, 15 May 2017, to denounce the recent call for the arrests of several Yemeni Baha'is and to demand their immediate release.
APOLLO: The forgotten father of Abstract Expressionism
May 11, 2017
Rob Weinberg - Mark Tobey (1890–1976) was among the 20th century’s most cosmopolitan of painters, his distinctive approach to abstraction – fusing elements of Western modernism with Oriental calligraphy – bringing him considerable acclaim and success in his later career.
TED TALK - To design the Bahá'í Temple of South America, architect Siamak Hariri focused on illumination — from the temple's form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it. Join Hariri for a journey through the creative process, as he explores what makes for a sacred experience in a secular world.
BBC News: Studying at the Baha'i Secret University
January 18, 2017
NEW YORK, United States — The largest non-Muslim minority in Iran, the Baha'is, are persecuted in many ways - one being that they are forbidden from attending university. Some study in secret, but for those who want to do a postgraduate degree the only solution is to leave their country and study abroad.
BBC World Service: Heart and Soul - Baha'i - The World's Faith
January 15, 2017
Lipika Pelham travels from the United Kingdom to America, home to the second largest Baha'i population in the world to meet meets several Baha'i asylum seekers as they begin their new lives in the US. These are graduates from the Baha'i' clandestine university, an underground network of teacher and students, the community's solution of self-education after being banned from colleges in Iran.
BIC: Exploring the connection between women's equality and exonomic prosperity
March 07, 2017
NEW YORK, United States — The connection between inequalities faced by women in the workplace and the often “deeply dysfunctional” global economic system is analyzed in the Baha'i International Community’s statement this year to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.