1947

The Bahá’í International Community Presents Declaration of Human Obligations and Rights to the UN

In February of 1947 members of the Baha’i community presented this declaration to the first session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Lake Success, NY, U.S.A.

“The source of human rights is the endowment of qualities, virtues and powers which God has bestowed upon mankind without discrimination of sex, race, creed or nation. To fulfill the possibilities of this divine endowment is the purpose of human existence.”

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Photo Courtesy of the Bahá'í International Community

Shown above are Bahá’í representatives Ugo Giachery and Mildred Mottahedeh (third row from back, looking at the camera) at an early UN conference in Geneva, in May 1948.

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Image Courtesy of the Baha'i International Community

Bahá’í delegation to the United Nations International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations. (L to R) Amin Banani, Mildred R. Mottahedeh, Hilda Yen and Matthew Bullock; Lake Success, NY, USA; 4-9 April 1949.

The Bahá’í International Community (BIC)  is now an international NGO with offices at the United Nations in New York, Geneva, and Brussels.  Throughout the last 60 years, the BIC has worked to uphold the rights of women, children, minorities and indigenous populations and has been active in UN debates and efforts to uphold economic, social and cultural rights.  Statements such as Combating Racism (1983), Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities (1995), and Impact of Racism on Women (2001), can be found at the BIC website.

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Image Courtesy of the Baha'i International Community

This is a photo of Bahá’í delegates from 18 countries who attended the March 13, 2009 UN Commission on the Status of Women (New York).

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