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.

Nancy Campbell. © Baha'i Community of Canada
Toronto, Ontario, 6 October 2014 (CBNS)

Nancy Campbell was born in England in 1906. As a child, she immigrated to Canada with her parents. She grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, and lived most of her life in that area. A woman of remarkably diverse talents, she was an accomplished dancer, artist, pianist and actress.Her first love, however, was dance, and she became well known and respected as a teacher of ballet. Her intellectual pursuits included study of various arts and religions. She was particularly interested in international and interracial affairs.

Rosemary and Emeric Sala. © Baha'i Community of Canada
Toronto, Ontario, 4 September 2014 (CBNS)

Emeric Sala was elected in 1948 as one of the first nine members of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada (the national governing council). He was one of the first young people to join the Baha’i community in Montréal in the 1920s, contributing his considerable skills as a writer and teacher, and spending the last several decades of his life serving the Baha’i communities in Africa and Mexico.

(From left to right) Rita Izsak, the United Nations Independent Expert on minority issues; Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran; Heiner Bielefeldt, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. © UN Photos/Jean-Marc Ferre and Paulo Filgueiras
Geneva, 4 September 2014 (BWNS)

Three high-level United Nations human rights experts today called on Iran to halt the ongoing destruction of a historic Baha’i cemetery in Shiraz, Iran, saying the action is an “unacceptable” violation of freedom of religion.

In a joint news release, Heiner Bielefeldt, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, and Rita Izsak, the UN Independent Expert on minority issues, said they were “dismayed” at reports that demolition work had resumed in August.

Conference participants. © Association for Baha'i Studies
Toronto, Ontario, 25 August 2014 (CBNS)

The 38th annual Association for Baha’i Studies – North America conference (ABS), entitled “Scholarship and the Life of Society,” focused on scholarship and its potential to contribute to the life of society.

Lisa Dufraimont, Conference Program Co-Chair, said during the first evening of the conference that the ABS seeks to stimulate scholarship, and that the ultimate purpose of scholarship is to develop knowledge conducive to the development of the life of society.

Participants of the 2014 Quebec Summer School. © Jean-Paul Moss
St-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Quebec, 21 August 2014 (CBNS)

More than 150 people from all parts of the province gathered at Camp Papillon in St-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Lanaudière Region, to attend the Quebec summer school, which took place 13 to 17 August.