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Archive for October, 2008

Support Baha’i students in Iran video contest launched

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the U.S.  just launched a video contest to raise awareness about the plight of Baha’is in Iran who are trying to gain access to higher education. The contest is open to everyone. Please visit:  http://www.youtube.com/group/bahaistudentsiran

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Desecration of Baha’i cemetery in Darzicola

Human Rights Activists of Iran published a report on the recent desecration of the Baha’i cemetery in Darzicola. Click here to access an English translation.

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Education denied to the Baha’i minority in Iran

The Ohlone, CA, community college newspaper published an opinion article titled “Education denied to the Baha’i minority in Iran”.

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Religious Persecution Persists in Iran

Virginia’s James Madison University’s The Breeze published an opinion article titled “Religious Persecution Persists in Iran“.

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Iranian report confirms innocence of Baha’i prisoners in Shiraz, Iran

An Iranian inspector who examined the 2006 arrests of a group of young Baha’is in Shiraz, Iran, filed a confidential report dated June 2008 confirming what Baha’is have said all along: that their activities were strictly humanitarian in nature and did not involve the “illegal” teaching of the Baha’i Faith.

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UN report cites Iranian government’s violations against Baha’is

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concern over human rights violations in Iran against Baha’is, other minorities, women and juveniles.

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Attack on the Baha’i Faith at a Conference on the History of Iran and the British Empire

Tehran University was the host for a conference held on Tuesday, 14 October 2008, on the subject: “Iran and British Colonialism”. The conference was organized by the Institute for Political Studies and Research, a Tehran-based organization with strong ties to Iran’s theocracy. A number of well-known figures spoke at this gathering.

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The Case of Arash Shahsavandi: Expelled from University for Being Baha’i

On Monday, 13 October 2008, Human Rights Activists of Iran published an account by Arash Shahsavandi, a Baha’i student, who was expelled from an Iranian university on account of his religion. Click here for the English translation.

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New Threats Against the Baha’is of Iran

Hasan Zerehi, the editor-in-chief of Shahrvand, a Persian weekly published in Toronto, Canada, wrote an essay which was posted on October 1. The essay was also posted on Asre-Nou. Click here for an English translation.

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Imprisoned for being Baha’i

The online service Iran-Emrooz posted an article titled “Imprisoned for being Baha’i” on October 3.  Click here for an English translation.

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Highest Ranking Student Barred for Being Baha’i

On October 6, Human Rights Activists in Iran published a letter by a Baha’i student. Click here for an English translation.

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VOA: Iran’s Abuse Of Religious Liberty

Voice of America aired “Iran’s Abuse of Religious Liberty” which includes a detailed reference to the persecution experienced by the Baha’is in Iran over the past year.

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Iran’s new school year again excludes Baha’is

NEW YORK, October 3, 2008 (BWNS) — As the new academic year got under way, young Baha’is in Iran again found the door to higher education closed.

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Iranian Christians reportedly released. Iranian Baha’is remain in prison

A number of news agencies are reporting that the two Iranian Christians being held on charges of apostasy have been released.  BosNewsLife posted a story titled “Iran releases Iranian converts”.

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