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||The International Bahá’í Refugee Office, responsible for coordinating efforts to resettle Iranian Bahá’í refugees, was established by the National Spiritual Assembly of Canada at the request of the Universal House of Justice. [BW19:50]
For a report of the work of the Office see BW19:50–3.
||International Bahai Refugee Office; Refugees
|1997 (In the year)
||The Tahirih Justice Center was founded to address the acute need for legal services of immigrant and refugee women who have fled to the U.S. to seek protection from human rights abuses.
The Center's founder, Ms. Layli Miller, created the Center after she was besieged by requests for legal assistance following her involvement in a high-profile case that set national precedent and revolutionized asylum law in the United States. The case was that of Fauziya Kassindja, a 17 year-old woman who fled Togo in fear of a forced polygamous marriage and a tribal practice known as female genital mutilation. After arriving in the U.S. and spending more than seventeen months in detention, Ms. Kassindja was granted asylum on June 13th, 1996 by the United States Board of Immigration Appeals in a decision that opened the door to gender-based persecution as a grounds for asylum. [Tahirih Justice Center]
For more on the Tahirih Justice Center see article in the Religion News Service.
||Tahirih Justice Center; Human rights; Women; Refugees; Migration; Layli Miller-Muro
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- Dissimulation by Iranian Emmigrants, by Universal House of Justice and National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (1985). Letters from the House and the US NSA concerning Baha'is who were able to escape Iran in 1997 by denying their Faith. [about]
- Migrants and Refugees in Europe, by Universal House of Justice (2015). Principles to guide the response of the Bahá’í community to the dramatic social changes concerning the 2015 influx into Europe of people fleeing conflict in the Middle East, especially Syria. [about]
- Mostofi vs. Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1996 (1996). A "Baha'i" immigration case, in which an Iranian immigrant sought asylum by falsely claiming affiliation with the Baha'i Faith. [about]
- Quiet Exodus, A, by Geoffrey Cameron, in Literary Review of Canada (2013). Recent history of immigration law and practice in Canada, and the Baha'i community's involvement in governmental change. Includes addendum from Baha'i News Canada. [about]
- Sarhangzadeh vs. Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1996 (1996). A "Baha'i" immigration case, in which an Iranian immigrant sought asylum by falsely claiming affiliation with the Baha'i Faith. [about]
- Sobhani vs. Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1994 (1994). A "Baha'i" immigration case, in which an Iranian immigrant sought asylum by falsely claiming affiliation with the Baha'i Faith. [about]