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  • Human Rights Commission honours New Zealand’s Bahá’í Community

    New Zealand’s Bahá’í community have been honoured with a prestigious NZ Diversity Action Award by the Human Rights Commission for their outstanding efforts to strengthen race relations in New Zealand.

    “Everyone knows young people are crucial to the future of our country but the Bahá’í Race Unity Speech Competition and Conference addresses the importance of engaging young people now, not waiting until they’re adults,” says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.

    “New Zealand’s Bahá’í community have... Read more >

  • New Zealand Diversity Action Award received by New Zealand Bahá'í community

    NZ Diversity Action Award - NZ Baha'i Community

    NZ Diversity Action Award

    The New Zealand Bahá'í community was among twelve recipients recognised for its “outstanding contribution to diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand” over the last 10 years.

    The Award Ceremony concluded the Diversity Forum, held at the University of Canterbury on the 24th and 25th of August. The forum is sponsored annually by... Read more >

  • Increase in arrests highlights continuing persecution of Baha'is in Iran

    Baha'is from around Iran arrested in Yazd

    The arrest last week of five Baha'is in Tehran signals a rising tide of detainments and imprisonments of Baha'is in Iran in recent months, says Bev Watson of the NZ Baha'i community.  Since June, at least 14 Baha'is have been arrested. The Baha'i Faith is Iran's largest religious minority. “We are deeply concerned that this trend exemplifies a pattern of systematic persecution of Iranian... Read more >

  • Shiraz Baha’i Cemetery Destruction Resumes

    Shiraz cemetery destruction resumes
Plans to build a sports and cultural complex over a Baha’i cemetery have resumed with concrete being poured into the site where the graves of Baha’is were excavated in order to lay the building foundation. Demolition of the cemetery, which began in late April, had temporarily stopped after the international media reported on the desecration and other governments expressed concern.

    Shiraz cemetery destruction resumes
    Plans to build a sports and cultural complex over a Baha’i cemetery have resumed with concrete being poured into the site where the graves of Baha’is were excavated in order to lay the building foundation. Demolition of the cemetery, which began in late April, had temporarily stopped after the international media reported on the desecration and other governments expressed concern.

    The resumed  demolition of an historic Baha’i cemetery in Shiraz, Iran, has horrified the Bahá'í community says Bev Watson, Director... Read more >

  • Presentation of Petition to the New Zealand House of Representatives

    Banner of Yaran - Seven Baha'i Leaders in prison in Iran - held by Wellington Baha'is in front of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings

    Tuesday 29 July 2014

    When Hon. Annette King (Labour MP for Rongotai) was briefed by Bahá’ís in her electorate about the persecution of the Bahá’ís in Iran, she suggested that a petition be lodged in Parliament that would draw attention to this issue and call on the New Zealand government “to take a clearly defined action”.  This suggestion was welcomed by the Bahá’í community and... Read more >

  • Petition calls for release of the seven Bahá'í leaders in Iran

    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran and to endorse the call of a senior Muslim cleric for religious co-existence. Support has been voiced by... Read more >

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