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The Bahá’í World News Service reports on current Bahá’í activity around the world.

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Bicentenary inspires gift of trees

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +2000

In Santiago, the Baha’i community has donated 2,000 trees to the municipality in honor of the bicentenary.(image)

Decade of unjust imprisonment ends for Mahvash Sabet

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +2000

After an unjust and harrowing imprisonment, Mahvash Sabet's prison term has come to an end today.(image)

Leaders mark bicentenary in Pakistan

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +2000

A bicentenary commemoration was hosted in Islamabad at the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services by Member of Parliament Asiya Nasir.(image)

Leaders continue to honor bicentenary

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Most recently, Baha'i communities in Australasia, Central Asia, and South America have received tribute messages for the occasion of the bicentenary.(image)

As bicentenary nears, celebrations multiply

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +2000

The mayor of the small Austrian town Bruck an der Leitha hosted a local celebration of the bicentenary of Baha'u'llah's birth last week.(image)

New edition of The Baha'is published this month

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +2000

A new edition of the publication The Baha'is will be released this month, providing a survey of the teachings and history of the Baha'i Faith.(image)

India's Prime Minister and new President pay tribute to Baha'u'llah

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +2000

India's Prime Minister and President have honored the 200 year anniversary of the birth of Baha'u'llah with letters addressed to the Baha'i community.(image)

Inauguration conference concludes

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +2000

The local Baha’i Temple in Battambang has been dedicated at a two-day conference. Video highlights provide a glimpse of day 2 at this historic occasion.(image)

Day 1 of Temple dedication captured in video highlights

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +2000

The Temple dedication conference in Battambang was soul-stirring. Video highlights from the day’s events capture the spirit of the occasion.(image)

"A new dawn is breaking": House of Worship inaugurated in Cambodia

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Thousands are commemorating the dedication of the local Baha'i House of Worship in Battambang today.(image)

Spirit and aspirations of a people: Reflections of Temple's architect

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Cambodian Architect Sochet Vitou Tang reflects on his journey in designing the Baha’i House of Worship in Battambang and the significance of such an endeavor.(image)

New Pilgrim Reception Centre opens in Haifa

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +2000

This month, a new Pilgrim Reception Centre opened at the Baha’i World Centre, ready to receive a growing number of pilgrims and visitors.(image)

Sacred symbol raised in Cambodia Temple

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Marking another stage in the process of building a local Baha’i House of Worship in Cambodia, the Greatest Name was raised within the Temple yesterday.(image)

Singapore's Prime Minister honors bicentenary anniversary

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Recent tributes in honor of the bicentenary of the birth of Baha'u'llah include a letter from Singapore's Prime Minister.(image)

Preparations for Temple inauguration accelerate

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +2000

As the dates of the dedication of Battambang's Temple approach on 1 and 2 September, new aerial footage shows the final stages of its construction.(image)

Pioneering actor, now 100, reflects on life, faith, and change

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +2000

As the actor Earl Cameron turns 100, he reflects on his life of working towards equality in the film industry.(image)

Aung San Suu Kyi gathers Myanmar religious leaders

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Nobel Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi invited faith representatives together to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of her father's death.(image)

Religious discrimination explicit in Iran's penal code

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +2000

The accused murderer of a Baha'i in Yazd will face only 11 years in prison, owing to the religious discrimination in Iran's penal code.(image)

A peaceful, persistent response to injustice

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Three decades ago, barred from higher education, the Baha’is of Iran embarked on a remarkable journey to educate their youth.(image)

Europe’s future entwined with world, says BIC

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +2000

As the EU contemplates the future of Europe, the BIC urges it to act with the whole world in mind.(image)

Transcending differences, treasuring diversity

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +2000

The Baha’i House of Worship in New Delhi was the venue for a thoughtful and profound exchange on overcoming differences and building social harmony.(image)

Forced migration calls for faith in action

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +2000

On the International Day of Refugees, faith and non-governmental groups in Spain gathered to raise consciousness about migration and the need for greater action.(image)

African leaders tackle environmental goals

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +2000

African leaders from various sectors of society explored environmental goals for the continent at a meeting in Gabon this month.(image)

Unveiling galvanizes island

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Over a thousand participants gathered at the unveiling of the Temple design in Tanna, in a spirit of joy and unity.(image)

Design of Vanuatu Temple unveiled

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +2000

The design of the local House of Worship to be built in Tanna, Vanuatu, was unveiled today.(image)

Video seeks to bring sacred words to masses

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +2000

A video featuring pop music singer Nathaniel shares words of Baha’u’llah through music.(image)

Murals as symbols of solidarity, resilience

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Education is Not a Crime is a street art campaign to raise awareness for human rights in Iran.(image)

Bicentenaries highlight unity

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +2000

As the Baha'i community prepares to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha'u'llah, the Harvard Divinity School also commemorates its bicentenary.(image)

Citizenship and Religion explored in Canada

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Canada is commemorating 150 years of its confederation by focusing on diversity as a resource for collective advancement.(image)

'Luminous, abstract beauty': Artist's impact revisited

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Mark Tobey was an American painter whose influence on art in the twentieth century is being recognized again after many decades.(image)

Tribal leaders stand in solidarity with Yemeni Baha'is

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Tribal leaders and human rights activists led a demonstration calling for an end to the persecution of Baha'is in Yemen.(image)

Video shows development of Colombia Temple

Sun, 14 May 2017 00:00:00 +2000

New aerial video footage shows the progress on the construction of the local Baha'i House of Worship in Colombia, which began officially in January.(image)

Global campaign launches for imprisoned Baha'i leaders

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Seven Iranian Baha’i leaders were imprisoned nine years ago. The BIC’s campaign “Not Another Year” calls for their release.(image)

Festival of Ridvan celebrated around the world

Sun, 07 May 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Baha'i communities around the world recently celebrated the festival of Ridvan.(image)

Peace-building requires new capacities, empowerment

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +2000

The Brussels Office of the Baha'i International Community has released a statement on resilience and peace to the European Union.(image)

Oneness and equality inspire enthroned chief

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +2000

In an eastern region of Benin, a chief of the Fula tribe has been working for unity and equality.(image)

Ominous wave of Yemen arrests raises alarm

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Authorities in Sana'a, Yemen, have ordered the arrest of 25 Baha'is.(image)

Distinguished composer casts light on prisoner's poems

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Renowned composer Lasse Thoresen's new work highlights the poetry of Mahvash Sabet, wrongfully imprisoned in Iran for being a Baha'i.(image)

Rethinking religion in Germany

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +2000

In Germany, a changing social and cultural landscape is giving rise to a dialogue on the place of religion in society.(image)

UN recognizes role of religion in protecting human rights

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +2000

A conference organized by the United Nations in Beirut explored the fundamental contribution of religion to the promotion of human honor and societal harmony.(image)

Naw-Ruz receptions promote harmony

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +2000

BIC's annual receptions for Baha'i New Year in Akka and Jerusalem brought together religious and civil society leaders.(image)

Moving tribute by India’s President

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +2000

President of India releases message in honor of bicentenary year of the birth of Baha'u'llah(image)

Construction progresses on Cambodia Temple

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Recent aerial video footage of the local House of Worship in Battambang highlights the significant progress that has been made.(image)

BIC offers expanded perspective at CSW

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +2000

The Baha'i International Community participated in the Commission on the Status of Women—the single largest international forum on women's rights and empowerment.(image)

Catalyzing an education revolution: Brookings Institution highlights Baha'i-inspired program

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +2000

A recent case study from the Brookings Institution highlights the Baha'i-inspired initiative Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial in Latin America.(image)

Gender equality essential for progress, says BIC in new statement

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Women play a pivotal role in social transformation when they are able to participate meaningfully in every sphere of life.(image)

Temple construction reaches new milestone

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Construction on the local Baha'i House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia, officially began in January.(image)

Baha'is of Iran website launches

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +2000

The official website of the Baha’i community of Iran gives a sense of the history, diversity, and aspirations of the Baha’is in Iran.(image)

Seeing capacity for meaningful contribution in all populations

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +2000

The Baha’i International Community shared a new statement at the United Nations Commission for Social Development.(image)

Champion of women’s emancipation celebrated

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +2000

The Azerbaijan National Museum of History celebrated women's education, recognizing the contributions of Baha'i heroine Tahirih.(image)

Fred Schechter, 1927-2017

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +2000

The House of Justice released a message to all National Assemblies on the passing of former International Teaching Centre member Fred Schechter.(image)

New publication of Baha'u'llah's Writings released

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +2000

Days of Remembrance makes available to the world forty-five selections revealed for the nine Baha’i holy days.(image)

Suspicious killing of Baha'i in Iran

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +2000

A report received by the Baha'i International Community indicated that Ahmad Fanaian was found dead, having sustained severe burns to his body.(image)

Film on education and love inspires audiences around the world

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +2000

The award-winning film Mercy's Blessing is a moving and profound exploration of the connection between love and sacrifice.(image)

Embracing oneness means rethinking prosperity and development

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +2000

For 25 years, the Unity Foundation in Luxembourg has been supporting social and economic development projects around the world.(image)

Leaders in Pakistan highlight urgent need for harmony of religion

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +2000

The Baha'i International Community spoke at an event organized by the government of Pakistan, emphasizing the need for unity and coexistence.(image)

UN General Assembly rebukes Iran for human rights record

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +2000

By a vote of 85 to 35 with 63 abstentions, the UN General Assembly approved a resolution expressing “serious concern” about human rights in Iran.(image)

Recasting the national conversation

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +2000

A seminar on the national level in the United Kingdom explores the role of dialogue in social cohesion.(image)

Temple for South America awakens sense of the sacred

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +2000

Since the inauguration of the Continental House of Worship for South America in October, over 40,000 people have visited the Temple in Santiago.(image)

Learning to live together: Is religion doing enough?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +2000

Religious leaders have a responsibility to consider if their actions are helping people learn how to live together—or keeping them apart.(image)

Exploring religion’s contribution to peace in Southeast Asia

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +2000

The BIC Regional Office in Jakarta, established two years ago, has been exploring the unique contribution of religion to peace.(image)

Iran's human rights failures condemned by world community

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +2000

Yesterday, the UN expressed serious concerns about "severe limits" on the right to freedom of religion or belief in Iran.(image)

House of Worship inspires children and youth to plant for the future

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +2000

In preparation for the local House of Worship, hundreds of volunteers in the community are participating in a gardening project on the Temple grounds.(image)

Forced closure of shops in Iran on an unprecedented scale

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +2000

Over 100 Baha’i-owned businesses in Iran have been sealed by Iranian authorities after they closed to observe two Baha’i holy days in November.(image)

Courageous cleric divides painting, promotes unity

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +2000

Ayatollah Tehrani has divided one of his paintings into eight sections and dedicated each piece to a different religious group in Iran.(image)

In Spain, quest for social progress draws on science and religion

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +2000

A new publication exploring the contribution of religion to new modes of organization has been released in Spain.(image)

Baha’i murdered in Iran—victim of religious hatred

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +2000

Farhang Amiri, 63, was stabbed to death by two men outside his home on 26 September in Yazd, Iran.(image)

Mass urbanization demands reimagining community life, says BIC

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +2000

A fundamental reimagining of collective living is needed, said the Baha'i International Community at a UN conference in Ecuador.(image)

Day 3: Looking to the future

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +2000

As the sun rose behind the Andes, more than 250 people representing various indigenous populations of South America entered the newly-dedicated...(image)

Day 2: House of Worship rises from concept to reality

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +2000

On the second day of the conference marking the opening of the final continental Baha'i House of Worship, participants reflected on the significance...(image)

Day 1: Galvanic conference opening celebrates history and achievements

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +2000

The vibrant color, music, and splendor of the cultures of South America’s diverse peoples were on display at the opening of a historic conference...(image)

Temple hailed as a transcendental ‘gift’ to Chile and the continent

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +2000

On the outskirts of Santiago, in the foothills of the Andes, an extraordinary event took place today—the long-anticipated public dedication of...(image)

Where spirit and form fuse: reflections on the architecture of the Chile Temple

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +2000

After 14 years, the architect of the Chile Temple reflects on the process.(image)

Century-long process about to culminate

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +2000

The dedication of the Baha'i House of Worship taking place in Santiago, Chile, signifies a historic conclusion to a century-long process of raising...(image)

Dramatic footage captures Chile Temple developments

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +2000

The final newsreel on the construction of the Baha'i House of Worship for South America has been released as the highly-anticipated dedication...(image)

Hopeful BIC looks to future of Africa

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +2000

Africa has a great contribution to make to the future of world civilization, explains Prof. Techeste Ahderom, representative of the Baha'i International...(image)

Anticipation rises for Chile Temple inauguration

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +2000

A surge of excitement and anticipation is palpable among the Baha'i community in Santiago and abroad as the inauguration of the last of the continental...(image)

Focus on what unites us, says BIC

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +2000

Finding a common ground on which to build unity is at the heart of the BIC message to the OSCE forum in Poland.(image)

Colombian Baha’is release open letter for peace

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +2000

The Baha’i community of Colombia has released an open letter appealing to all Colombians to seize an “historic opportunity” and work for the...(image)

Cambodian Temple progress inspires collective action

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +2000

It has been eight months since construction work started on the local Baha'i House of Worship in Battambang. Since the groundbreaking in November...(image)

BIC calls on President Rouhani to end systematic economic oppression

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +2000

The Baha'i International Community has called on Iran's President, Dr Hassan Rouhani, to end the severe economic oppression imposed on the Baha'is...(image)

“We are all Baha’is”—Spirit of solidarity grows to unprecedented levels

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +2000

An extraordinary wave of support by organizations and individuals has kindled hope in the hearts of the Baha'is of Yemen in the wake of recent...(image)

Songs to inspire social change

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +2000

Near Ecuador's southwestern coast lies the town of Chongon. For the past four years, this small locality has brought together young adults from...(image)

New website launched for Chile House of Worship

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +2000

A new website for the Baha'i House of Worship in Santiago, Chile, has recently been launched. The site, which can be accessed at,...(image)

More voices from Islamic countries call for Iran to stop persecuting Baha'is

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +2000

A group of Bangladeshi lawyers have joined the increasing numbers of Muslim intellectuals, religious leaders, and professionals worldwide who...(image)

Faiths' contribution to peace explored at Presidential Palace in Colombia

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +2000

Approaching a highly anticipated, historic peace agreement in Colombia between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia...(image)

Five decades of guidance foster a growing youth movement

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +2000

This summer marks fifty years since the Universal House of Justice first addressed a letter specifically to Baha'i youth around the world. Written...(image)

European conferences highlight need for inclusive societies

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +2000

With the rise in refugees entering Europe, greater attention is being given to building inclusive societies. This was one of the themes at two...(image)

Cooperation central to fighting intolerance, says BIC

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +2000

The urgent need to combat discrimination and hate crimes in Europe and the world at large calls for higher degrees of cooperation between civil...(image)

Baha'i community participates in first World Humanitarian Summit

Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 +2000

With a rising tide of natural disasters and widespread civil unrest, the community of nations is realizing the critical need to work more closely...(image)

Ground broken for the Colombia House of Worship

Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 +2000

Sunday marked the historic groundbreaking for the local Baha'i House of Worship for Norte del Cauca in Colombia. Some 700 people gathered on...(image)

Reaction to meeting with a Baha'i exposes the truth

Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 +2000

A storm of furious denunciation, in reaction to a simple meeting between two friends in a private home, has dramatically exposed the duplicity...(image)

Global campaign on anniversary of arrest of Iranian Baha'i leaders

Sat, 14 May 2016 00:00:00 +2000

The Baha'i International Community has marked the 8th year anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of the seven former Baha'i leaders in Iran...(image)

Communities elect national governing councils

Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 +2000

Baha'i communities around the world have elected their national administrative bodies in a unique electoral process. Each year, during the Baha'i...(image)

"Woven by the Mercy of God": Conference highlights religion's role in social change

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +2000

A recent interfaith event, co-hosted by the Baha'i community of Spain, drew 200 participants to explore how religious communities can collectively...(image)

Joy Stevenson, 1919-2016

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +2000

Joy Stevenson, former Counsellor member of the International Teaching Centre, passed away today in Queanbeyan, Australia. She was 97 years old....(image)

New websites reflect breadth of Baha'i communities worldwide

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +2000

A wave of official Baha'i websites, numbering over 40 and spanning the world, have emerged recently. In addition to the launch of new international...(image)

UN focuses on religion to prevent violence

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +2000

Religious leaders and faith-based organizations across the world are meeting to understand their role in preventing incitement to violence that...(image)

Cambodia temple earthworks completed

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +2000

Following the design unveiling in mid-July of last year and the groundbreaking in November, work on the local Baha'i House of Worship in Battambang,...(image)

Seminar highlights links between religious freedom and economic prosperity

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +2000

In Iran, the Baha’i community continues to endure intense persecution solely based on religious belief, a blatant violation of a fundamental...(image)