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OHCHR briefing video
New York—22 May 2013A discussion with Mr. Craig Mokhiber (Chief, Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch) and Mr. Nouhoum Sangare (Human Rights Officer, NY Office) on the inter-related and mutually reinforcing nature of Human Rights and Development within the context of the SDGs and Post-2015 Development Agenda. Supported by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

Dr. Bielefeldt
Geneva—13 May 2013Four high-level United Nations human rights experts today called on Iran to immediately release the seven imprisoned Baha'i leaders. In a press release issued on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the arrest of the seven, the four experts emphasized that the seven are held solely because of their religious beliefs, that their continued imprisonment is unjust and wrongful, and that Iran's treatment of religious minorities violates international law. "The Iranian government should demonstrate its commitment to freedom of religion by immediately and unconditionally releasing these prisoners of... Read more . . .

New York—7 May 2013To mark the five year anniversary of the wrongful imprisonment of the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders, the Baha’i International Community is today launching a campaign to call for their immediate release – and to draw attention to the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran. “On 14 May, the seven innocent Baha’i leaders will have been behind bars for five full years, unjustly imprisoned solely because of their religious beliefs,” said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations. "We are asking people of good will around the world to raise... Read more . . .

New York—3 May 2013As part of its ongoing involvement at the United Nations, the Baha'i International Community's United Nations Office participated in this year's Commission on Population and Development. The 46th such Commission, held from 22-26 April, focused on "New trends in migration: demographic aspects." One of our delegates to this Commission, Mr. Geoffrey Cameron, took the time to discuss issues, such as trends in migration, the intersection between migration and development, as well as the benefits of re-framing the migration discourse.

 

 

Bani Dugal speaking at Leadership Meeting on Inequalities.
Copenhagen—25 April 2013In February, UN Women and UNICEF, supported by the governments of Denmark and Ghana, convened a Leadership Meeting in Copenhagen on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda as a culmination of the Inequalities Global Thematic Consultation  In the months prior to the Leadership Meeting, as members of the UNICEF and UN Women's Inequalities Advisory Group and representing the Beyond 2015 Campaign, Bani Dugal and Ming Hwee Chong assisted the... Read more . . .

New York—25 April 2013We are launching an international campaign to seek the immediate release of the seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders – and all other prisoners of conscience in Iran. We hope people of good conscience around the world will raise their voices in support of this call and urge the Iranian Government to live up to its international human rights obligations. As visitors will see, we have numerous documents on this Website that explain the unjust and wrongful manner in which the seven were arrested, tried and imprisoned. Their story is similar to what is happening... Read more . . .

Breakfast dialogue on gender equality and sustainable development
New York—23 April 2013The ninth of an ongoing series of informal breakfast dialogues co-convened by the Baha'i International Community, International Movement ATD Fourth World and Women's Environment and Development Organization focused on the importance of addressing gender equality in a sustainable development agenda. Opening remarks were delivered by Ms. Saraswathi Menon (UN Women) and Ms. Shannon Kowalski (International Women's Health Coalition). Among other themes, participants highlighted the need for people-centred and inclusive policies, structural barriers to gender inequality, the nexus between peace and... Read more . . .

57th Session of the Commission for Social Development
New York—11 April 2013Alongside NGOs from around the world, the Baha'i International Community advocated for a positive outcome for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women, the priority theme for which was preventing and eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.  Following late nights of negotiations, on 15 March 2013, Member States reached a set of Agreed Conclusions, which unequivocally condemn the pervasive violence against women and... Read more . . .

The BIC's delegation to the 57th UN Commission on the Status of Women.
New York—11 April 2013Breaking the cycle of violence against women will require basic changes at the level of culture, attitudes and beliefs – including a fundamental reconception of prevailing notions of power. These were among the ideas offered to this year's United Nations Commission on the Status of Women by the Baha'i International Community (BIC). Addressing the 57th Commission's main theme of the "elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls," the BIC issued a statement stressing... Read more . . .

Participants gather for eighth breakfast dialogue at the BIC's office.
New York—26 March 2013The eighth of an ongoing series of informal breakfast dialogues organized by the Baha'i International Community and the International Movement ATD Fourth World focused on human rights at the core of the three dimensions of sustainable development [program]. Opening remarks were delivered by Mr. Roberto de León Huerta of the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations and Mr. Ignacio Saiz, Director of the Center for Economic and Social Rights. Among other themes, participants highlighted the need for genuine... Read more . . .

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