African leaders tackle environmental goals

June 27, 2017 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE A rainforest in Gabon, the host country of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, which took place from 10–11 June 2017 in Libreville, the capital city (photo published on the UNEP website, copyright Alex Rouvin) LIBREVILLE, Gabon — When addressing issues of climate change, we need to … Read More

Arrests and Detention of Baha’is in Yemen Increase

May 30, 2017 WASHINGTON — In the latest in a series of actions targeting the Baha’i community of Yemen, Wael al-Arieghie was arrested in the crowded streets of Sana’a on May 23, and Badiullah Sana’i was arrested on May 24. Both are currently being detained, meaning there are now seven Baha’is being detained in the … Read More

Tribal leaders stand in solidarity with Yemeni Baha’is

May 17, 2017 In Sana’a, Yemen, hundreds of Yemenis gathered on Monday, 15 May, to demand the immediate release of the Yemeni Baha’is who were unjustly arrested last month. BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE SANA’A, Yemen — Hundreds of Yemenis—led by tribal leaders and human rights activists—gathered on Monday morning, 15 May 2017, to denounce the … Read More

Whoever Wins Iran’s Election, Its Religious Minorities Lose

May 11, 2017 WALL STREET JOURNAL By Kristina Arriaga Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a graduation ceremony of a group of the Revolutionary Guard students in Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday. PHOTO: LEADER OFFICIAL WEBSITE HANDOUT/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY What will Iran’s May 19 presidential election mean for the Baha’i, the country’s largest non-Muslim religious … Read More

Global campaign launches for imprisoned Baha’i leaders

May 12, 2017 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE The seven Baha’i leaders imprisoned in Tehran in 2008 are pictured with their spouses prior to their arrests. NEW YORK — The Baha’i International Community is launching a global campaign calling for the immediate release of the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders, unjustly imprisoned now for nine years. The … Read More

Recent Arrests Signal Increased Persecution of the Baha’is in Yemen

April 21, 2017 Contact: Rachel Wolfe Office: (202) 833-8990, Cell: (202) 643-2735, Email: WASHINGTON —In the latest of a series of actions targeting the Baha’i community of Yemen, three Yemeni Baha’is were arrested and detained this week. The arrests were ordered by a faction within the Houthi-led government and carried out by the National … Read More

Ominous wave of Yemen arrests raises alarm

April 21, 2017 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE BIC NEW YORK — Orders for the arrest of at least 25 Baha’is have been issued by certain authorities in Sana’a who are harassing the Yemeni Baha’is and pressuring them to recant their faith. The baseless and nonsensical accusations levelled against the Baha’is include showing kindness and displaying … Read More

Gender equality essential for progress, says BIC in new statement

BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE NEW YORK, 9 March 2017, (BWNS) — The Baha’i International Community has released a new statement on the advancement of women and the vital relationship between gender equality and true prosperity. The document was published in preparation for the Commission on the Status of Women to be held at the United … Read More

Baha’is of Iran website launches, the official website for the Baha’i community in Iran, launched earlier today. The site is available on mobile and desktop devices. 15 February 2017 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE Following the wave of national Baha’i websites that have launched in recent years, the site of the Baha’i community of Iran went online earlier today. The … Read More

Suspicious killing of Baha’i in Iran

A Baha’i from Semnan Province in Iran, Ahmad Fanaian, was found dead, having sustained severe burns to his body. BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE NEW YORK — The Baha’i International Community has learned about the killing of a Baha’i in Iran, under suspicious circumstances. A report received on 9 January indicated that Ahmad Fanaian was found … Read More

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