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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.

Baha'i Publishing booth at Montreal Book Fair. © Jean-Paul Moss
Montréal, 2 December 2014 (CBNS)

More than 18,000 students from Montreal schools visited this annual 6-day event to celebrate the rich diversity of books published in the language of Molière.

UNITED NATIONS, 21 November 2014

On November 18, the UN Third Committee sent a strong signal to Iran, exhorting its government to live up to its international human rights obligations.

By a vote of 78 to 35, with 69 abstentions, the General Assembly's Third Committee approved a resolution expressing "deep concern at serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations" in Iran.

The Shrine of the Baha'u'llah. © Baha'i International Community
Toronto, Ontario, 11 November 2014

This Wednesday November 12th, Canadian Baha’is and their friends will gather to celebrate the anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Baha’u’llah, a title that means "the Glory of God" in Arabic, was born on 12 November 1817 in Tehran, Iran. His given name was Husayn Ali, and He was the son of a wealthy government minister, Mirza Buzurg-i-Nuri. Baha’u’llah led a princely life as a young man, receiving an education that focused largely on calligraphy, horsemanship, classic poetry, and swordsmanship.

GENEVA, 31 October 2014, (BWNS)

Iran's response during a major review of its human rights record today failed to adequately address repeated calls by other governments here for greater respect for religious freedom and an end to discrimination against religious minorities, including Baha'is.

"Sadly, what we saw at today's Human Rights Council session was an attempt to gloss over the issue of religious discrimination, repeatedly cited as a concern by other governments," said Diane Ala'i, the Baha'i International Community's representative to the United Nations in Geneva.

The Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel. © Baha'i International Community
Toronto, Ontario, 17 October 2014 (CBNS)

On October 20th Baha'is around the world will observe the holy day of the Birth of the Bab. One of nine holy days on which Baha'is are enjoined to suspend work if possible, the date marks the anniversary of the birth - in 1819 in Shiraz, Iran - of Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad, known to history as the Bab.

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