New international website of the Baha'i community launched

The landing page for the "What Baha'is Do" section of the new website. © Baha'i International Community HAIFA, 18 January 2015 (BWNS) —
The website of the worldwide Baha'i community at 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."

37th Montreal Book Fair attracts throngs of youth

Baha'i Publishing booth at Montreal Book Fair. © Jean-Paul Moss Montréal, 2 December 2014 (CBNS) — More than 18,000 students from Montreal schools visited this annual 6-day event to celebrate the rich diversity of books published in the language of Molière.

This year, Éditions bahá’íes [Baha'i Publishing] chose the theme “Together Youth Are Changing the World” to encourage young people to take action for the benefit of their communities. During the fair, which took place from 19 to 24 November, over 200 youth left messages stating how they could change the world. Young visitors had been invited to write a message on a paper “brick,” which was then used to build a house representing a better world. A large poster showing a house under construction, on which the bricks were glued, decorated the back of the booth.

UN sends strong signal to Iran on human rights

UNITED NATIONS, 21 November 2014 — On November 18, the UN Third Committee sent a strong signal to Iran, exhorting its government to live up to its international human rights obligations.

By a vote of 78 to 35, with 69 abstentions, the General Assembly's Third Committee approved a resolution expressing "deep concern at serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations" in Iran.

The six-page resolution listed the high frequency of executions, torture, restrictions on freedom of assembly and expression, the targeting of journalists, pervasive gender inequality, and religious discrimination – including against Iranian Baha'is – as among the Assembly's concerns.