Guided by a belief in the noble nature of the individual and the equality of all human beings as the prerequisite for a just, prosperous and sustainable world, the promotion of human rights has been a key element of the work of the Baha'i International Community’s United Nations Office. Throughout the last 62 years, our Office has worked to uphold the rights of women, children, minorities and indigenous populations and has been active in UN debates and efforts to strengthen mechanisms to uphold economic, social and cultural rights. Today, the Baha'i International Community plays a leadership role in a number of NGO committees focused on human rights and participates actively in efforts to strengthen the UN’s capacity to realize the ideals set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
UN Forum on Minority Issues discusses religious discrimination:
26 November 2013 (Geneva):
Governments could help to combat religious discrimination by offering a greater public space for minority groups to share their beliefs.
That was among the ideas discussed at the Sixth Forum on Minority Issues, held 26-27 November 2013 at the Palais des Nations.
Organized by theRead more...
Despite promises, Iran continues to violate human rights, says UN report:
23 October 2013 (UNITED NATIONS):
Despite recent signals by Iran that it intends to improve on its human rights record, there has been little evidence of change, according to aRead more...
Iran's persecution of religious minorities discussed in Geneva:
24 September 2013 (Geneva):
The Iranian government’s oppression of religious minorities was the focus of a side event during the 24th session of the Human Rights Council.
The persecution of Baha’is, Christians, dervishes, secular Shias, Sunni Muslims, and members of the Yarsan religious minority wereRead more...
Breakfast dialogue addresses children's rights in the post-2015 development agenda:
18 July 2013 (New York):
The 12th informal breakfast dialogue, co-convened by the Baha'i International Community and International Movement ATD Fourth World, focused on the rights of children in the post-2015 development agenda. Opening remarks were given by Richard Morgan, Senior Advisor of the Executive Office ofRead more...
Persecution of religious minorities in Iran:
10 June 2013 (Geneva):
In a side-event about the persecution of religious and ethnic minorities in Iran, the Baha'i International Community made a presentation about the situation of the Baha'is in Iran. Representatives from other religious and ethnic minorities included Sunnis, Christians, Gonabadi Dervishes, YarasansRead more...