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.
Senior Anglican leaders praise "significance" and "courage" of Iranian ayatollah's gift to Baha'is:
15 April 2014 (London):
Two senior leaders of the Church of England have praised the ground-breaking action of an Iranian ayatollah who last week called for religious "coexistence" by dedicating to the Baha'is of the world, and particularly the Baha'is of Iran, an illuminated calligraphic rendering of a passage fromRead more...
In an unprecedented symbolic act senior cleric calls for religious co-existence in Iran:
7 April 2014 (New York):
In a symbolic and unprecedented move, Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, a prominent Muslim cleric in Iran announced today that he has gifted to the Baha'is of the world an illuminated work of calligraphy of a paragraph from the writings of Baha'u'llah, the Prophet-founder ofRead more...
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...