21 July 2014
Human rights expert Dr Tracey McIntosh of Auckland University gave a thought-provoking address at a special event marking the six years of incarceration so far served by seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran. The event, attended by religious leaders, human rights advocates, lawyers, a Member of Parliament and concerned individuals, was held at the Pullman Hotel, Auckland. Organised by the New Zealand Baha'i community, it highlighted the plight of the seven former leaders and all other innocent prisoners of conscience in Iran.
Dr McIntosh, associate professor at the University of Auckland and a member of the advisory board for the Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice, lectures on sociology and criminology. Her earlier research had focused on extreme marginalization and genocide,... Read more >
21 June 2014
The New Zealand Government has sent a letter to the Baha'i community regarding the ongoing persecution of the Baha'is in Iran, saying "New Zealand has consistently maintained the view that the persecution of minorities on the basis of their faith, philosophy (or lack thereof), by any country, is abhorrent. The treatment of the Baha'i community in Iran is no exception. Following worldwide condemnation of the approach taken by the Iranian authorities leading up to the 6th anniversary of the incarceration of the seven Baha'i leaders, including by our Embassy in Tehran", Mr McCully said he was "pleased to note that Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif has intervened and sought an explanation for the recent... Read more >
13 June 2014
In response to a request from the President of Brazil, Her Excellency Ms Dilma Rousseff, the Universal House of Justice - the supreme governing body of the Bahá’í world - has sent a unifying message to mark the opening of the 2014 FIFA world cup. Dated 6 June 2014, the message of the Universal House of Justice can be found here.
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29 May 2014
On 29 May, Bahá’ís throughout New Zealand and the world will commemorate the 122nd anniversary of the passing of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith.
Bahá’u’lláh passing in 1892, at the age of 75, followed nearly 40 years of exile from His native Iran, first in Baghdad and later in Turkey, before His incarceration in Akka, Israel, in 1868. In His later years, Bahá’u’lláh had lived at Bahji, outside of Akka, in relative tranquillity, although to the end He remained a prisoner of the Turkish Empire.
Six days before His death, Bahá’u’lláh had gathered His followers and family members and delivered what would be His last address to them:
“I am well pleased with you all.... Read more >
22 May 2014
Throughout New Zealand and around the world, Baha'is celebrate the holy day anniversary, the Declaration of the Bab.
On May 23, 1844, in Shiraz, Persia, a young man known as the Báb announced the imminent appearance of the Messenger of God awaited by all the peoples of the world. The title Báb means "the Gate." Although Himself the bearer of an independent revelation from God, the Báb declared that His purpose was to prepare mankind for this advent.
Swift and savage persecution at the hands of the dominant Muslim clergy followed this announcement. The Báb was arrested, beaten, imprisoned, and finally on July 9, 1850 was executed in the public square of the city of Tabriz. Some 20,000 of His followers perished in a series of... Read more >
16 May 2014
The New Zealand Bahá’í community deeply appreciates and warmly acknowledges “Human rights champions in Iran” commemorating sixth anniversary of imprisonment of Baha’i leaders
15 May 2014
GENEVA — In an unprecedented show of solidarity, influential Iranian personalities, human rights activists, journalists, and a prominent religious leader gathered this week in Tehran to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the imprisonment of the seven Iranian Baha'i leaders and to express support for them.
News of this highly significant gathering spread rapidly through online and social media yesterday. The centerpiece of the coverage was a photograph of those assembled in a private home around a large photograph of the seven.
The meeting reflects a growing movement by Iranians inside and outside of the country who stand for the belief that "Iran must be for everyone"... Read more >