Several prominent Canadians, have added their “voice” to the global campaign Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders. Coordinated by the Baha’i International Community, the campaign calls for the immediate release of the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders now in their seventh year of incarceration in Iran.
As happens each springtime during the Baha’i holy festival of Ridvan, delegates from across Canada again elected their national governing council, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada, on the weekend of April 23-26 in Toronto.
Delegates from Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and all ten provinces elected Deloria Bighorn, Karen McKye, Mehran Anvari, Elizabeth Wright, Judy Filson, Enayat Rawhani, Ciprian Jauca, Hoda Farahmandpour, and Susanne Tamas to serve on the National Spiritual Assembly for the coming year.
Many of more than 90 communities across Canada screened the film “To Light a Candle” on Friday as part of the campaign “Education Is Not a Crime” (www.educationisnotacrime.me) launched on 27 February by Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari. Other communities will be screening the film over the coming days.
The film calls attention to the refusal by Iranian authorities to allow Baha’is to attend university and their attacks on efforts to provide some measure of university education to Baha’is.
Education is Not a Crime, a worldwide campaign drawing attention to the constructive response of the Baha'i community to the Iranian government's systematic denial of university education to young Baha'is, is gaining momentum as it nears its global day of action, 27 February.
The campaign's website highlights the breadth of efforts by authorities in Iran to persecute the Baha'is there, and it provides historical context.
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.
Today the UN General Assembly strongly expressed its concerns over ongoing human rights violations in Iran.
“Unfortunately, as today’s resolution demonstrates, Iranians do not enjoy even basic human rights, such as freedom of assembly or religious belief, and it is their own government that is the chief violator of their rights,” said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations.
She commended the firm position taken by the UN on the issue.
For over two decades, the Bahá'ís of St. Albert, Alberta have reached out to their city to collaborate in promoting the principle of "Unity in Diversity". This year, the 21st annual celebration took place on November 8, in the beautiful Arden Theatre in St. Albert Place.
"From the beginning, the people of St. Albert have warmly supported our celebration," said Arno Brocken, secretary of the local Bahá'í community.