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"Is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself, both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions?"

~Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá’í World News Service
The Bahá’í World News Service reports on current Bahá’í activity around the world.

Youth Conferences

Message from The Universal House of Justice, the international governing council of the Baha’i’s,addressed to the 114 Youth Conferences throughout the World, dated 1 July 2013.

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The Baha'i House of Worship of India

The Baha'i House of Worship in New Delhi, which is considered as India’s symbol of communal harmony by the Government of India, was dedicated to the people of India and all humanity in December 1986.

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National News of the Baha'is of India

Prominent individuals and organizations renew support for Iran's seven imprisoned Baha'i leaders

New Delhi, 14 March, 2011 — The global support for Iran's seven jailed Baha'i leaders is continuing as one of the prisoners begins her fourth year in detention.  Mahvash Sabet – a schoolteacher and mother of two – has been incarcerated since 5 March 2008. For the first 175 days of her imprisonment, she was detained in solitary confinement.  On 14 May 2008, six other prominent Iranian Baha'is were also arrested. After 20 months held without charge in Tehran's Evin prison, all seven were accused in court of espionage and the establishment of an illegal administration, among other allegations. All the charges were denied. They are now serving 10-year jail terms at the notorious Gohardasht prison.

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The Persistent Call to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the Immediate Release of the Seven Former Baha'i Leaders

We raise our voices once again in consort with the vast numbers of individuals, agencies and governments throughout the world in defense of the seven innocent Iranian Baha'i leaders who are serving the unjust verdict of ten years’ imprisonment in Gohardasht prison near Tehran.

We have heard with great concern that the seven have been transferred to more brutal sections of the Gohardasht prison complex. In the case of the two Baha'i women, the circumstances are even more worrisom.

We have learned that one of them – Fariba Kamalabadi – has already been physically threatened by inmates since being sent to the notorious Section 200 of Gohardasht Prison. For what reason do these harsh conditions continue to progress?

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Arsonists threaten reprisals if Baha'is befriend Muslims

New Delhi, 18 January, 2011 – A recent wave of arson attacks on Baha'i-owned businesses in Rafsanjan, Iran, appears to be part of a campaign to fracture relationships between Baha'is and Muslims in the city.

After around a dozen attacks on shops - carried out since 25 October 2010 - some 20 Baha'i homes and businesses have been sent a warning letter addressed to "members of the misguided Bahaist sect."

The anonymous document demands that Baha'is sign an undertaking to "refrain from forming contacts or friendships with Muslims" and from "using or hiring Muslim trainees." The Baha'is are also told not to teach their Faith, including on the Internet.  Should the conditions be accepted by the recipients, the letter states, "we will guarantee not to wage any attack on your life and properties."

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India’s Former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani and other Prominent Indians Appeal to Iran for Justice

New Delhi, 17 December, 2010 – The former Indian Deputy Prime Minister speaking to international journalist Rohit Gandhi called upon Iran to uphold justice and treat its minorities with respect. He said “I appeal to Iran and join the UN and the rest of the international community to treat the Baha'is with respect and provide justice to the imprisoned seven leaders of the Baha'i community.”

The persecution of Baha'is has increased since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran. This present wave of systematic attacks on the Baha'i leadership came in 2008 when the seven former leaders were arrested without charges and kept in temporary detention for nine months. As an afterthought they were charged with espionage and threat to national security and insulting religious sanctity.

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Open letter to the head of Iran’s Judiciary from the Baha’i International Community

Authorized Translation

7 December 2010

Ayatollah Mohammad Sadeq Larijani
Head of the Judiciary
Islamic Republic of Iran

Your Honor,

You are undoubtedly aware of the outcome of the trial and the subsequent appeal of Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani, Mr. Afif Naimi, Mr. Saeid Rezaie, Mrs. Mahvash Sabet, Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Mr. Vahid Tizfahm—the seven individuals who before their arrest were responsible, as the members of the group known as the Yaran, for administering the social and spiritual affairs of the Bahá’í community in Iran.

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