Read the latest news from around the Baha’i Global Community. See a sampling of new stories below or go to the Baha’i World News Service website.
Global Conferences: Worldwide conferences have inspired hope, say societal leaders
BAHÁ’Í WORLD CENTRE — As thousands of conferences encircling the globe are now coming to an end, people from all walks of life are seeing how consultations at these vibrant gatherings have harmonized different points of view in the pursuit of plans that apply spiritual principles to issues and challenges facing their societies.
One of the special features of these gatherings has been the participation of officials, traditional chiefs, and community leaders, who have conveyed their appreciation for how these discussions are infusing neighborhoods and villages with a renewed spirit of hope and a heightened consciousness of humanity’s oneness. Read the entire story.
44 Iranian Bahá’ís arrested, arraigned, or jailed as leading human rights figure says situation is “getting worse”
July 11, 2022
BIC NEW YORK — The Iranian government’s systematic campaign to persecute the Bahá’í religious minority accelerated again this past week with the arrest, court hearing or imprisonment of at least 18 more Bahá’í citizens across the country, bringing the June total to 44 people. Hundreds of others, meanwhile, also await summonses to court or to prison. Read the entire story.
Tackling hate speech at nexus of tech, government, and civil society
July 7, 2022
BIC GENEVA — To address the challenge of increasing hate speech online, there needs to be much closer collaboration between the tech sector, government, and civil society organizations, says the Bahá’í International Community (BIC). This was the theme of a recent panel discussion hosted by the Geneva Office of the BIC as part of the RightsCon summit, an annual international forum on human rights in the digital age.
The BIC forum brought together the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, a trustee on Meta’s Oversight Board, Kristina Arriaga, and a researcher from Human Rights Watch, Tara Sepehri Far, to explore the challenges of tackling online hate speech in the context of the campaign of disinformation against the Bahá’ís of Iran.
“Hate speech ultimately creates a culture of hate, where groups are not considered to be full members of society, where social cohesion is eroded, and division is allowed to take root, impacting every aspect of relationships between individuals, communities, and governing institutions,” said Simin Fahandej, a representative of the Geneva Office. Read the entire story.