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  • Iran fails to keep promises: attack on Baha'i businesses rise

    A banner placed on the front of one of some 79 Baha'i-owned businesses which were closed on the morning of 25 October in a systematic state-sponsored attack on the Baha'i community in one of the regions of Iran. It reads:

    A banner placed on the front of one of some 79 Baha'i-owned businesses which were closed on the morning of 25 October in a systematic state-sponsored attack on the Baha'i community in one of the regions of Iran. It reads: "This commercial unit has been sealed owing to violation of trading laws/rules. The owner of this commercial unit... Read more >

  • Ongoing representations to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    In response to the Bahá’í community’s ongoing representations to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the persecution of the Bahá’ís in Iran, Hon Murray McCully advised that he had spoken about this with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif in Tehran recently.  Mr McCully indicated that although Mr Zarif was “understanding” of the concerns raised it will be “necessary to maintain pressure and keep open channels for dialogue on these issues…”   The ongoing desecration of the... Read more >

  • 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 >

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