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.

In a joint news release, Heiner Bielefeldt, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, and Rita Izsak, the UN Independent Expert on minority issues, said they were “dismayed” at reports that demolition work had resumed in August.

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.

Toronto hosts 38th Association for Baha’i Studies Conference

Conference participants. © Association for Baha'i Studies Toronto, Ontario, 25 August 2014 (CBNS) — The 38th annual Association for Baha’i Studies – North America conference (ABS), entitled “Scholarship and the Life of Society,” focused on scholarship and its potential to contribute to the life of society.

Quebec Baha’i Summer School participants reflect on the meaning of service

Participants of the 2014 Quebec Summer School.
© Jean-Paul Moss
St-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Quebec, 21 August 2014 (CBNS) — More than 150 people from all parts of the province gathered at Camp Papillon in St-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Lanaudière Region, to attend the Quebec summer school, which took place 13 to 17 August.

Interreligious Youth Pre-forum creates new space for faith and social action

Youth delegates at the Interreligious Youth Preforum, Kaub, Germany. © Joe Matta Toronto, Ontario, 19 August 2014 (CBNS) — From the 13th to the 16th of July, 19 youth delegates from around the world, with experience in grassroots social action, gathered in the picturesque town of Kaub, Germany to attend the Interreligious Youth Pre-forum (IYF). Over the course of six days, participants representing 18 different countries and six of the world’s major religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Baha’i Faith, consulted about faith expressed in social action and how collaboration between faith groups can further the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.