Iran fails to address calls for greater religious freedom

GENEVA, 31 October 2014, (BWNS) — Iran's response during a major review of its human rights record today failed to adequately address repeated calls by other governments here for greater respect for religious freedom and an end to discrimination against religious minorities, including Baha'is.

"Sadly, what we saw at today's Human Rights Council session was an attempt to gloss over the issue of religious discrimination, repeatedly cited as a concern by other governments," said Diane Ala'i, the Baha'i International Community's representative to the United Nations in Geneva.

Baha'is celebrate the birth of the Bab

The Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel. © Baha'i International Community Toronto, Ontario, 17 October 2014 (CBNS) — On October 20th Baha'is around the world will observe the holy day of the Birth of the Bab. One of nine holy days on which Baha'is are enjoined to suspend work if possible, the date marks the anniversary of the birth - in 1819 in Shiraz, Iran - of Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad, known to history as the Bab.

Nancy Campbell (1906 – 1980)

This article is part of a series on a few historical figures in the Canadian Baha’i Community who were instrumental in the establishment and growth of the community in Canada. Over the course of this year, the Canadian Baha’i News Service will be posting one biography every month.

Nancy Campbell. © Baha'i Community of Canada Toronto, Ontario, 6 October 2014 (CBNS) — Nancy Campbell was born in England in 1906. As a child, she immigrated to Canada with her parents. She grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, and lived most of her life in that area. A woman of remarkably diverse talents, she was an accomplished dancer, artist, pianist and actress.Her first love, however, was dance, and she became well known and respected as a teacher of ballet. Her intellectual pursuits included study of various arts and religions. She was particularly interested in international and interracial affairs.

Three top UN human rights experts call for a halt to Shiraz cemetery destruction

(From left to right) Rita Izsak, the United Nations Independent Expert on minority issues; Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran; Heiner Bielefeldt, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. © UN Photos/Jean-Marc Ferre and Paulo Filgueiras Geneva, 4 September 2014 (BWNS) — Three high-level United Nations human rights experts today called on Iran to halt the ongoing destruction of a historic Baha’i cemetery in Shiraz, Iran, saying the action is an “unacceptable” violation of freedom of religion.

Emeric Sala (1906 –1990)

This article is part of a series on a few historical figures in the Canadian Baha’i Community who were instrumental in the establishment and growth of the community in Canada. Over the course of this year, the Canadian Baha’i News Service will be posting one biography every month.

Rosemary and Emeric Sala. © Baha'i Community of Canada Toronto, Ontario, 4 September 2014 (CBNS) — Emeric Sala was elected in 1948 as one of the first nine members of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada (the national governing council). He was one of the first young people to join the Baha’i community in Montréal in the 1920s, contributing his considerable skills as a writer and teacher, and spending the last several decades of his life serving the Baha’i communities in Africa and Mexico.