Human Rights


Sarah Vader Reading Durban Statement

Sarah Vader, then a representative of the BIC to the UN, reads a statement at the 2009 Durban Review Conference in Geneva.

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.

Recent Activities

Dr. Rowan Williams, former archbishop of Canterbury. (Photo courtesy of Magdalene College)

Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani perfecting an illuminated work of calligraphy. The words used in this piece are from the writings of Baha'u'llah.

Diane Ala’i, right, was one of 15 experts speaking at the Forum on Minority Issues.