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Jamaloddin Khanjani, one of seven Baha'i Leaders imprisoned in Iran. © Baha'i International Community
Toronto, Ontario, 15 May 2015 (CBNS)

A global social media campaign, Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders, focuses on Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani on Saturday 16 May. Over 80 years of age, Mr. Khanjani is the oldest of the seven prisoners whose 20-year sentences are the longest terms of any current prisoners of conscience in Iran.

Official campaign logo: Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders. © Baha'i International Community
Toronto, Ontario, 13 May 2015 (CBNS)

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.

Delegates at the National Convention. © Donald Long
Toronto, 27 April 2015 (CBNS)

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.

Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Dr. Marie Wilson speaks on the plenary panel with moderator Bruce Clemenger, President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Rabbi Dr. Yosef Wosk, former director of interdisciplinary programs at Simon Fraser University and Prof. James Christie, University of Winnipeg. © Alistair Eagle
Toronto, 6 April 2015 (CBNS)

“We need to move beyond the binary of religious versus secular, public versus private, faith versus reason, and concentrate instead on working together for the good of our whole society.”

2 March 2015 (CBNS)

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.

The website for the Education is Not a Crime campaign contains statments of support from prominent Iranians and human rights activists, as well as videos uploaded by individuals from around the world. © Baha'i International Community
LOS ANGELES, 8 February 2015

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.

Poster for Maziar Bahari's 'To Light a Candle' film. © Education is not a Crime
Toronto, 8 February 2015 (CBNS)

More than 85 Canadian communities will screen Maziar Bahari’s film “To Light a Candle” as part of a global campaign condemning the denial of the right of Baha’is to higher education in Iran.

The landing page for the "What Baha'is Do" section of the new Bahai.org website. © Baha'i International Community
HAIFA, 18 January 2015 (BWNS)

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.

UNITED NATIONS, 18 December 2014

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.

The Edmonton Chinese Dance Academy performing at the event. © Baha'i Community of Canada
St. Albert, Alberta, 3 December 2014

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.

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