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|1926. 1 Oct
||The office of the National Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States and Canada was moved from Green Acre to 48 West 10th Street in New York, in the house that was so richly blessed by the presence of 'Abdu'l-Bahá many times during His visit. [BN No 12 June - July 1926 p1]
||Green Acre; New York,NY
|1929. 18 Mar
||The International Bahá'í Bureau was recognized by the League of Nations. [BIC History Timeline]
||League of Nations; Baha'i International Community
|1947. 18 Jun
||The International Bahá'í Bureau contributed to the preparatory work of the Human Rights Commission for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. [BIC History 18 Jun 1947]
||UN; Bahai International Community; BIC
|1984. 19 Oct
||The United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) appointed Andrés Aguilar of Venezuela as its Special Representative to Iran on human rights. Iran refused to engage with him and he eventually resigned in 1986, unable to persuade Iranian officials to cooperate with him in any way. [Wikipedia; BIC site History]
||UN; United Nations; UNHCR; Andrés Aguilar; Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran; Baha'i International Community:
|1986 (In the year)
||Reynaldo Galindo Pohl, a prominent diplomat, and professor of law from El Salvador served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran from 1986 to 1995. He visited Iran three times between 1990 and 1992, but after his third visit, he was barred from visiting Iran.
His eight years as Special Representative were particularly significant, principally for a series of reports that authoritatively documented the intense, often brutal, violations committed by Iran against its own citizens. These were critical in calling the world's attention to the brutality of the regime at the time. Prof. Pohl's 1993 report to the Commission was notable for its disclosure of the so-called "Baha'i Question" memorandum, a previously secret 1991 letter issued by the Supreme Revolutionary Cultural Council that established a national policy for dealing with Iran's Bahá'ís, setting limits on their educational, economic and cultural activities. [BWNS879; BBC 1993 Jan]
||UN; United Nations; Galindo Pohl; Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran; Baha'i International Community
|1990. 29 - 30 Sep
||The largest gathering of world leaders in history assembled at the United Nations to attend the World Summit for Children. Led by 71 heads of State and Government and 88 other senior officials, mostly at the ministerial level, the World Summit adopted a Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children and a Plan of Action for implementing the Declaration in the 1990s.
The Bahá'í International Community played a key role among non-governmental organizations in promoting the concept of rights for children.
World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children.
Plan of Action for Implementing the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children in the 1990s.
Goals for Children and
Development in the 1990s.
||United Nations; Baha'i International Community; BIC statements
|1995 (In the year)
||Following the resignation of Galindo Pohl, the UNCHR appointed Maurice Copithorne, a Canadian lawyer, as the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran.
On 22 April 2002, the UNCHR voted not to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, a decision condemned by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
The BIC paid tribute to him upon his passing on 14 February, 2019.
||Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran; UN; United Nations; Maurice Copithorne; Baha'i International Community:
|1996. 1 Aug
||The Bahá'í International Community launched its first website. The site contained exclusively Baha'i International Community statements. Previously these statements had been hosted on an Internet Gopher server. [BIC History Launch of Official Website]
||Baha'i International Community
|1998. 2 - 13 Mar
||During the 42nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March, the Bahá'í International Community presented its statement Empowering the Girl Child, which supported the girl child as a critical area of concern.
||Baha'i International Community; Women; United Nations; BIC statements
|2001. 25 - 27 Jun
||During the special session of the General Assembly on the HIV./AIDS pandemic held at the UN headquarters, the Bahá'í International Community circulated a written statement entitled HIV/AIDS and Gender Equality: Transforming Attitudes and Behaviors that emphasized the need to transform the attitudes and behaviors that spread the disease and directed attention to the important roles played by men and faith communities in turning the tide of the pandemic. [BIC History]
||Baha'i International Community; United Nations; HIV/AIDS; Gender; Equality; BIC statements
|2006. 27 Feb - 10 Mar
||The 50th session of the Commission on the Status of Women was held at the UN Headquarters in New York. [UN Women]
The Bahá'í International Community presented Beyond Legal Reforms: Culture and Capacity in the Eradication of Violence Against Women and Girls.
||United Nations; Baha'i International Community; Women; Commission on the Status of Women; BIC statements
|2008. 25 Feb - 7 Mar
||The 52nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women was held at the United Nations headquarters in New York. [UN Women]
The Bahá'í International Community presented Mobilizing Institutional, Legal and Cultural Resources to Achieve Gender Equality.
Baha'i International Community Representative, Ms. Bani Dugal was elected to serve as the President of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief in New York. During the 52nd Commission on Status of Women. [BIC History 2008]
||United Nations; Baha'i International Community; Women; Bani Dugal; Commission on the Status of Women; BIC statements
|2008. 01 Sep
||The publication of The Bahá'í Question: Cultural Cleansing in Iran by the Bahá'í International Community.
It was made available in English and in Spanish.
||Baha'i International Community; BIC statements
|2010. 2 Jul
||The UN General Assembly voted unanimously to create UN Women, (General Assembly resolution 64/289) a new entity merging the four UN offices focusing on gender equality: the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, and the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women. Following the passage of the resolution, the Bahá'í International Community, as one of the core NGOs leading the campaign for the new gender entity, received congratulatory notes from NGOs and women around the world expressing their appreciation and support for its role in the four-year campaign. [BIC History; UN Women]
See as well A short history of the Commission on the Status of Women (PDF).
||United Nations; Baha'i International Community; UN Women; Commission on the Status of Women; BIC statements
||In March 2011, the UN Human Rights Council re-established the mandate of Special Rapporteur to Iran, which they had terminated in 2002, under the title "Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran". The Commission had stopped appointing investigators for Iran in an effort to encourage a dialogue with the country on human rights. Then, in 2005, the Commission was disbanded in favour of a new entity, the Human Rights Council, which, for a variety of reasons, was considerably more reluctant to criticize individual countries. Human rights activists believed the moral authority behind having such a UN-appointed special rapporteur was a critical step in bringing to light the severity of rights violations in Iran. [One Country]
Ahmed Shaheed was appointed and his mandate lasted from 2011 to 2016 when he went on to become the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
An Iranian parliamentarian referred to the United Nations Human Rights Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed as a Zionist and CIA agent. [Islamic Republic News Agency 29 March 2014]
||Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran; Ahmed Shaheed; UN; United Nations; Baha'i International Community
|2011. 21 Oct
||The release of the report entitled Inciting Hatred by the Bahá'í International Community which summarized each of the 400-plus documents or articles that were collected during the period of this survey, from 17 December 2009 to 16 May 2011 to prove that the Iranian regime has a systematic programme to demonize the Bahá'í community in the eyes of their compatriots.
The report says in part "Despite this prolonged and systematic attack on its integrity and values, Iran’s Bahá’í community is
not dispirited, demoralized or downtrodden. Nor have they risen up to counter-attack their oppressors
with force or any trace of bitterness. Rather they have calmly stated their case and called for their
fundamental human rights with dignity and courtesy, winning the admiration of their compatriots,
observers and, in some cases, even those who are obligated to oppress them under government policy."
Inciting Hatred: Iran's media campaign to demonize Bahá'ís is available in
||United Nations; Baha'i International Community; BIC statements
|2018. 25 Jan
||Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Asma Jahangir, in her report, shared with that country on this date, listed the names of some 77 Bahá'ís imprisoned in that country.
||UN; United Nations; Asma Jahangir; Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran; Baha'i International Community; BIC statements
|2018. 6 Jul
||Mr. Javaid Rehman was appointed as the third Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran since re-establishment of the mandate. The former mandate holder, Ms. Asma Jahangir assumed the mandate from November 2016 until her sudden passing in February 2018.
Mr. Rehman was a Professor of International Human Rights Law and Muslim Constitutionalism at Brunel University, London. Mr Rehman taught human rights law and Islamic law and continued to publish extensively in the subjects of international human rights law, Islamic law and constitutional practices of Muslim majority States. Several of his published works have been translated into various languages.
Overview of the mandate
The Human Rights Council Resolution 37/30 requested the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran to submit a report on the implementation of the mandate to the Human Rights Council at its fortieth session and to the General Assembly at its seventy-third session and calls upon the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur, to permit access to visit the country, and to provide all information necessary to allow the fulfillment of the mandate.
In the discharge of his mandate, the Special Rapporteur will:
a) Monitor and investigate human rights violations, transmits urgent appeals and letters to Iran on alleged violations of human rights;
b) Seek to undertake country visits to Iran and to the region and engage with relevant stakeholders;
c) Submit reports to the General Assembly and Human Rights Council on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran; and
d) Engage publicly on issues of concern, including through press releases.
||Javaid Rehman; UN; United Nations; Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran
|2019. 10 Sep
||In the 42nd Regular Session of the Human Rights Council, the International Bahá'í Community presented an Oral Statement addressing the High Commissioner report on Yemen.
See as well the BIC's statement to the 40th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on the 20th of March, 2019.
||New York,NY; Yemen
||Persecution, Yemen; BIC; Bahai International Community
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