Bloggers Unite for Human Rights

Disunity is a danger that the nations and peoples of the earth can no longer endure; the consequences are too terrible to contemplate, too obvious to require any demonstration. “The well-being of mankind,” Bahá’u’lláh wrote more than a century ago, “its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.” In observing that “mankind is groaning, is dying to be led to unity, and to terminate its age-long martyrdom”, Shoghi Effendi further commented that: “Unification of the whole of mankind is the hall-mark of the stage which human society is now approaching. Unity of family, of tribe, of citystate, and nation have been successively attempted and fully established. World unity is the goal towards which a harassed humanity is striving. Nation-building has come to an end. The anarchy inherent in state sovereignty is moving towards a climax. A world, growing to maturity, must abandon this fetish, recognize the oneness and wholeness of human relationships, and establish once for all the machinery that can best incarnate this fundamental principle of its life.”

The Universal House of Justice, 1985 Oct, The Promise of World Peace

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READ

A BAHA’I DECLARATION OF HUMAN

OBLIGATIONS AND RIGHTS

Presented to the first session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

February 1947

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7 thoughts on “Bloggers Unite for Human Rights

  1. My favorite Human Right is Article #28: Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

    We don’t have that yet. It will take a “paradigm shift” to thinking of the world as one country and all people part of the same society; it also requires major changes in our governance and decision-making systems. But it is not only necessary – it is possible and inevitable! Let’s keep working on it!

    “Set your faces toward unity, and let the radiance of its light shine upon you.” Baha’u’llah

  2. Human rights organisationa have become more poltical in nature and less sensitive to basic human rights issues…This is my personal experience…Human rights organisation follow different approches to different countries….I am myself a victim of dual policies of human rights organisations and so are 4.5lakh kashmiri hindus who are living as refugees in their own country….

  3. Somewhat amazing piece of syncronicity that this was published yesterday!
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    New Baha’i World News Service Story

    SIX BAHA’I LEADERS ARRESTED IN IRAN; PATTERN MATCHES DEADLY SWEEPS OF 1980S

    NEW YORK, 15 May 2008 (BWNS) — Six Baha’i leaders in Iran were arrested and taken to the notorious Evin prison yesterday in a sweep that is ominously similar to episodes in the 1980s when scores of Iranian Baha’i leaders were summarily rounded up and killed.

    The six men and women, all members of the national-level group that helped see to the minimum needs of Baha’is in Iran, were in their homes Wednesday morning when government intelligence agents entered and spent up to five hours searching each home, before taking them away.

    The seventh member of the national coordinating group was arrested in early March in Mashhad after being summoned by the Ministry of Intelligence office there on an ostensibly trivial matter.

    “We protest in the strongest terms the arrests of our fellow Baha’is in Iran,” said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations. “Their only crime is their practice of the Baha’i Faith.”

    “Especially disturbing is how this latest sweep recalls the wholesale arrest or abduction of the members of two national Iranian Baha’i governing councils in the early 1980s — which led to the disappearance or execution of 17 individuals,” she said.

    “The early morning raids on the homes of these prominent Baha’is were well coordinated, and it is clear they represent a high-level effort to strike again at the Baha’is and to intimidate the Iranian Baha’i community at large,” said Ms. Dugal.

    Arrested yesterday were: Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani, Mr. Afif Naeimi, Mr. Saeid Rezaie, Mr.Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Mr. Vahid Tizfahm. All live in Tehran. Mrs. Kamalabadi, Mr. Khanjani, and Mr. Tavakkoi have been previously arrested and then released after periods ranging from five days to four months.

    Arrested in Mashhad on 5 March 2008 was Mrs. Mahvash Sabet, who also resides in Tehran. Mrs. Sabet was summoned to Mashhad by the Ministry of Intelligence, ostensibly on the grounds that she was required to answer questions related to the burial of an individual in the Baha’i cemetery in that city.

    On 21 August 1980, all nine members of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Iran were abducted and disappeared without a trace. It is certain that they were killed.

    The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Iran was reconstituted soon after that but was again ravaged by the execution of eight of its members on 27 December 1981.

    A number of members of local Baha’i governing councils, known as local Spiritual Assemblies, were also arrested and executed in the early 1980s, before an international outcry forced the government to slow its execution of Baha’is. Since 1979, more than 200 Baha’is have been killed or executed in Iran, although none have been executed since 1998.

    In 1983, the government outlawed all formal Baha’i administrative institutions and the Iranian Baha’i community responded by disbanding its National Spiritual Assembly, which is an elected governing council, along with some 400 local level elected governing councils. Baha’is throughout Iran also suspended nearly all of their regular organizational activity.

    The informal national-level coordinating group, known as the Friends, was established with the knowledge of the government to help cope with the diverse needs of Iran’s 300,000-member Baha’i community, which is the country’s largest religious minority.

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