Persecution, protection and resilience: Canada and the Bahá'ís of Iran

Maziar Bahari on the plight of the Bahá'ís and the Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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Close-up of a smiling man at dusk. Behind him is a body of water and on the other side there are boats, lights and buildings. Partially obscured.

Photo: Courtesy of Maziar Bahari

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Join us to hear stories about persecution and discrimination in Iran following the Islamic Revolution in 1979, and the resilience and perseverance of those affected.

CMHR, Manitoba Teachers Society Classrooms on Level 1

The Museum is excited to welcome well‐known Iranian‐Canadian journalist, filmmaker and human rights activist, Maziar Bahari. He was a reporter for Newsweek from 1998 to 2011 and was incarcerated by the Iranian government from June to October in 2009. Bahari wrote the New York Times best‐seller family memoir, Then They Came for Me.

Since he was released from prison, Bahari has helped to produce journalism and films that highlight human rights issues in Iran. He has worked closely with Bahá'ís to tell their stories of resilience in the face of oppression.

The Bahá'ís are Iran’s largest religious minority, and they have faced systematic persecution because of their religion. Deprived of their right to access higher education, they have responded with positive action by creating the Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education (BIHE). Despite regular attacks by government forces, the BIHE educates thousands of Iranian Bahá'ís through innovative educational programs. Canadian universities were among the first worldwide to admit BIHE graduates to Master’s and PhD programs based on their BIHE transcripts.

The Museum is proud to partner with the Bahá'í Community of Canada to present this event.

This program is subject to change or cancellation without notice.