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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

Open letter speaks out for the rights of all Iranians

New Delhi, 8 December, 2010 – The Baha’is of India have received news from New York that in an open letter to the head of Iran’s Judiciary, the Baha’i International Community contrasted the country's persecution of Baha’is with Iran’s own call for Muslim minorities to be treated fairly in other countries. 

“We...request that the Baha’is in that country be granted their full rights of citizenship, in order that they may be able to fulfill their heartfelt aspiration to contribute, alongside their fellow citizens, to the advancement of their nation,” says the letter.

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A Call to the Iranian Government to End Violations

In solidarity with the growing numbers of individuals and organizations worldwide, we are moved to speak out with a pressing sense of urgency in defense of Iranian students who continue to face systematic violations of their right to education by the Government of Iran –a right that is the fundamental entitlement of all human beings.

As a means to pressure and punish religious & ethnic minorities and political & human rights activists, the Iranian government denies such students their inalienable rights to education through numerous incessant harsh means. Students and activists endure such repression on varying degrees from the banning of such services as university loans and inexpensive food & housing, to suspension and sometimes even expulsion. Even those professors who have voiced their criticism and opposition to the current system are being silenced through imposed demotion and forced retirement. Student prisoners and prisoners of conscience are also forced to endure overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, spoiled food, and restricted access to medical care amongst other unsafe limitations.

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Prominent voices in India stand up for education rights on the anniversary of Iran’s students’ day

New Delhi, 7 December, 2010 - Indian organizations and human rights defenders today raised a call to the Iranian government for an immediate halt to the systematic violation of the fundamental right of all youth to education and to the continuous infringement of academic freedoms. The Indian call comes in partnership with an international demand in cities around the world led by United4Iran, an international non-partisan network of individuals and human rights groups.

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UN resolution sharply critical of Iran for continuing human rights violations

New Delhi, 19 November 2010 - A committee of the UN General Assembly sharply criticized Iran for its continued and increasing violations of human rights.

By a vote of 80 to 44, the Assembly's Third Committee approved a resolution that "expresses deep concern at serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations" in Iran. There were 57 abstentions.

The vote came after Iran attempted a "no-action motion," aimed at blocking the resolution by calling for adjournment of the debate. The motion failed by a vote of 51 in favor to 91 against, with 32 abstentions.  India’s abstention from this motion and the passage of the resolution is significant.

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UN Secretary General voices concern over human rights abuses in Iran

UNITED NATIONS, 18 October (BWNS) — The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has once again expressed strong concern over Iran's ongoing human rights violations, including its persecution of Iranian Baha'is.

In a report issued Thursday, Mr. Ban highlighted his continuing concerns over Iran's use of torture and the death penalty, its poor treatment of women, and repeated violations of due process of law and of freedom of assembly, speech and religion.

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