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Persian New Year, Norouz

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PayvandNews - Nowruz, “New Day”, is the holiest and most joyful festival of the Zoroastrian year and the most important national festival for all Iranians. Its celebration is recorded from the Achaemenian period around 500 BCE.

Ennis event showcases human rights violations in Iran

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Ba'Haiclareherald - Ennis supports the international fight for human rights this week when a groundbreaking film 'To Light a Candle' is screened at the Civic Rooms, Waterpark, Drumbiggle as part of a campaign to highlight human rights violations in Iran where large numbers of youth are denied an education.

The 'Education is not a Crime' International Campaign is focusing on the denial of 3rd level education for all Bahá'ís in Iran.

Sponsored by the Ennis Bahá'í community the screening will commence at 7.30pm on this coming Friday 27th February and admission is free.

'Here in Ennis we take education for granted' said Madge Rainsford, a local Bahá'í. "Our leaving certificate youth have made their college applications and are working towards their third level education, regardless of their religion. But this same privilege is withheld from Bahá'í students in Iran."

Archbishop Tutu a supporter of this campaign states "The Iranian government says that education is a crime for Bahá'ís", adding that he and others like him can tell the government of Iran 'that banning the Bahá'ís, or any group from higher education is hurting Iran and hurting the Iranian people."

In 1987 the doors of universities and colleges were shut in the faces of Bahá'í students solely because of their religion, and that since then the educational needs of the Iranian Bahá'í youth have been met in modern-day hedge schools.
Brave and dedicated tutors in Iran itself and around the world use modern media or whatever means they can to offer third level qualifications to students denied an education through religious discrimination.

The screening of this film by Canadian-Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari is part of a world-wide campaign of screenings and events on this day 27th February 2015.

According to filmmaker Bahari the treatment of members of the Bahá'í Faith in Iran is a barometer for what goes on in that society. Though not a Bahá'í himself, he suffered torture and imprisonment in Iran when he covered the aftermath of civil elections there. Commenting on the discrimination against Bahá'í students in Iran he said: "When society, in Iran, is more repressed, it's the Bahá'ís who are the first victims."

The film tells the story of the Bahá'ís whose peaceful response to decades of state-sponsored persecution has inspired whole generations of students around the world.

Weekly report on Human Right Violations in Iran 02nd December 2014

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human_rightsIOPHR - Report on Human Rights Violations in Iran

New Videos Confront Iran’s Rights Violations through Personal Stories of Persecution

E-mail Print PDF - Impact Iran Coalition and International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran draw attention to Iran's upcoming human rights review.



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Documentary film charts Iranian Baha'is' peaceful response to oppression

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PayvandNews  - A powerful new documentary film, telling the story of the Baha'is of Iran and their peaceful response to decades of state-sponsored persecution, had its UK premiere on 12 September.

IOPHRI interviews Diane Ala'i - UN's Baha'i Representative in Geneva 10-06-2014

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diana-alaiIOPHRI - Interview with Mrs Diane Ala'i, representative of the Baha'i community at the UN in Geneva on the current Human Rights situation for the Baha'i in Iran and how Iranians can help each other to end the Human Rights violations in Iran.

They don't give up - Street protest in solidarity with Iranian dissidents Branderburger Tor Berlin

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berlin-febr2014IOPHRI - Two weeks ago, the International Organization to Preserve Human Rights in Iran (IOPHRI) announced that they would carry out further street actions for the freedom of prisoners of conscience in Iran. On Saturday 8 February 2014, they kept their promise. In front of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, they shouted slogans for the freedom of opposition politicians Mehdi Karoubi and Mir Hossein Moussavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard, who are still under house arrest, as well as for the jailed Dervish lawyers, journalists, bloggers and poets.

Nasrin is free - freedom for all prisoners of conscience!

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free-all-political-prisonersIOPHRI.DE - On Saturday 28 September 2013, activists demonstrated in front of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Berlin for the release of all prisoners of conscience in Iran.

Attention for Nasrin at Berlins Brandenburger Tor

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berlin-june1-2DorrTV1 Manifestation on the occastion of Nasrin Sotoudeh's 50th birthday. On Saturday June 1, human rights activists from several European countries met in Berlin and sang song, played daf and violin for her next to the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin. 

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