Canadian Communities Active in Worldwide Campaign “Education Is Not a Crime”

Poster for Maziar Bahari's 'To Light a Candle' film. © Education is not a Crime Toronto, 8 February 2015 (CBNS) — More than 85 Canadian communities will screen Maziar Bahari’s film “To Light a Candle” as part of a global campaign condemning the denial of the right of Baha’is to higher education in Iran.

The campaign, titled “Education Is Not a Crime”, begins with a global day of action on February 27. The campaign and the film document the peaceful response of the Baha’is of Iran to 35 years of unrelenting persecution, highlighting the story of informal arrangements by which Baha’is organized university classes in order to overcome the violation of their education rights by the Iranian regime.

"Education is Not a Crime" gains momentum

The website for the Education is Not a Crime campaign contains statments of support from prominent Iranians and human rights activists, as well as videos uploaded by individuals from around the world. © Baha'i International Community LOS ANGELES, 8 February 2015 — Education is Not a Crime, a worldwide campaign drawing attention to the constructive response of the Baha'i community to the Iranian government's systematic denial of university education to young Baha'is, is gaining momentum as it nears its global day of action, 27 February.

New international website of the Baha'i community launched

The landing page for the "What Baha'is Do" section of the new Bahai.org website. © Baha'i International Community HAIFA, 18 January 2015 (BWNS) —
The website of the worldwide Baha'i community at www.bahai.org has been launched in a new version, representing the latest stage in the development of an official presence on the Web that extends back to 1996. The site explores the beliefs and writings of the Baha'i Faith and presents the experience of those throughout the world who, inspired by the teachings of Baha'u'llah, are striving to contribute to the betterment of society.

The revised site highlights two broad sections – "What Baha'is Believe" and "What Baha'is Do" – and features a new presentation of the Baha'i Reference Library.

UN says Iran continues to violate human rights

UNITED NATIONS, 18 December 2014 —

Today the UN General Assembly strongly expressed its concerns over ongoing human rights violations in Iran.

“Unfortunately, as today’s resolution demonstrates, Iranians do not enjoy even basic human rights, such as freedom of assembly or religious belief, and it is their own government that is the chief violator of their rights,” said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations.

St. Albert celebrates Unity in Diversity

The Edmonton Chinese Dance Academy performing at the event. © Baha'i Community of Canada St. Albert, Alberta, 3 December 2014 (CBNS) — For over two decades, the Bahá'ís of St. Albert, Alberta have reached out to their city to collaborate in promoting the principle of "Unity in Diversity". This year, the 21st annual celebration took place on November 8, in the beautiful Arden Theatre in St. Albert Place.

"From the beginning, the people of St. Albert have warmly supported our celebration," said Arno Brocken, secretary of the local Bahá'í community.

"Each year since 1992, the Mayor of St. Albert has signed a document and proclaimed the second week of November as Unity in Diversity Week. This year at the celebration, Mayor Nolan Crouse talked about the importance of treating everyone with respect and friendliness."