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

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

“We are all Baha’is”—Spirit of solidarity grows to unprecedented levels

August 23, 2016 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE “Freedom for the Baha’is of Yemen” reads one of the hashtags circulating across social media sites in the Arab world. SANA’A, Yemen — An extraordinary wave of support by organizations and individuals has kindled hope in the hearts of the Baha’is of Yemen in the wake of recent … Read More

Faith Communities Meet with EPA Administrator McCarthy

November 19, 2014 (Photo by Eric Vance) WASHINGTON — Representatives from 17 religious organizations, including Peter Adriance of the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs (OPA) (photo, back row, second from left), met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to highlight the support and work of the faith community on the rules to … Read More

Three More Reports This Spring Drive Home the Impact and Risks of Inaction on Climate Change

June 26, 2014 OPA posted a newsroom article in March on the release of two outstanding reports on climate change – one from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the other from the National Academies of Science and the Royal Society. Since then, three additional distinguished bodies have issued groundbreaking reports. The … Read More

In the Arab world, a new discourse on religious coexistence takes root

June 4, 2014 BAHA’I WORLD NEWS SERVICE A conversation about religious coexistence has recently been taking root in many different Arab countries, including Egypt. (Photo courtesy of Azeem Azeez) MANAMA, Bahrain — Throughout the Arab world, a new discussion on how to live peacefully side by side with the followers of all religions has begun … Read More

Baha’i Leaders in Iran Mark Six Years in Prison

May 14, 2014 Today, May 14, marks six years in prison for the seven leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran. Their biographies can be found here, and they are citizens whose only crime is their religion. They were arrested in 2008 and in 2010 were sentenced to terms of 20 years in prison for … Read More

‘To Light a Candle’: A Testimony on Severe Condition of Baha’is in Iran

May 14, 2014 There are many topics in Iran which journalists, activists, and artists can not touch on. Amongst these, the devastating quality of life of the of Baha’i religious minority is likely the most challenging and invisible; a dark stain on Iranian society, with the torment of thousands of people concealed just beneath the … Read More

Iranian regime still fears girl hanged 30 years ago

May 12, 2014 Imagine a muscular bearded revolutionary with a machine gun. Now imagine him putting the hangman’s noose around the neck of a blindfolded 17-year-old girl. Her heinous crime? Teaching Sunday school for children. And then imagine the same militant forces returning to excavate her gravesite 30 years later to remove all traces of … Read More

The Largest Non-Muslim Minority Lives in Absolute Deprivation

May 5, 2014 According to articles twelve and thirteen of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the official religion of Iran is Islam, and the official sect is Twelver Shi’ite. Although other sects of Islam, and the Jewish, Christian and Zoroastrian faiths are also recognized, their followers are not entitled to the same … Read More