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.
Breakfast dialogue focuses on human rights in the context of the forthcoming development agenda:
26 March 2013 (New York):
The 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 [Read more...
Representative Attends Global Consultation on Governance:
25 March 2013 (Johannesburg, South Africa):
From 28 February - 1 March, the United Nations convened a global consultation on "Governance and the post-2015 development agenda" at the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa. Pursuant to the Baha'i International Community’s involvement in the United Nations’ post-Read more...
Panel at UN discusses religious tolerance:
2 October 2012 (New York):
Ms. Bani Dugal, the Principal Representative of the Baha'i International Community, was invited to speak on a panel on religious tolerance (view video), during the Ministerial Segment of the UN General Assembly. The panel was part of aRead more...
Oxford lecturer challenges stereotypes of religious women:
3 March 2012 (New York):
Oxford University Lecturer in International Human Rights Law, Dr. Nazila Ghanea, speaking at an event during the Commission on the Status of Women, challenged stereotypes that depict religious women as predominantly submissive, as victims in need of rescuing. Too often, she notedRead more...
Amnesty International report condemns Iran's human rights abuses:
2 March 2012 (Geneva):
The Baha'i International Community has noted with alarm a new Amnesty International report that highlights the widening crackdown on dissent in Iran.
The document, titled 'We are ordered to crush you': Expanding Repression of Dissent in Iran, cites a wave of recentRead more...