Human Rights

alternate textA U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs delegation thanked Illinois Senator Kirk for the work he and his office have done on behalf of the Baha’is in Iran on March 12, 2013.

Guided by beliefs in the inherent dignity of the human being, the fundamental equality of all people, and the vital importance of justice, the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs (OPA) has been actively engaged in human rights work in the United States for over 25 years.

A central focus of the Office’s human rights work is advocacy for the rights of Baha’is in other countries – most notably Iran – where they suffer religious persecution. OPA representatives work with governmental agencies and entities to document and highlight the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran. The Office also works consistently to pass Congressional resolutions condemning the persecution, to engage local Baha’i communities in advocating for these legislative initiatives, and to host special events in the nation’s capital to spotlight the persecution.

More broadly, OPA works with many governmental and non-governmental partners in collaborative efforts to support international religious freedom. OPA participates in initiatives and events aimed at raising awareness of this issue and elevating its importance in discourse and policy.

Baha’i institutions and communities worldwide also support the development of an international legal framework to monitor human rights violations and encourage the enforcement of global standards. The Office is actively engaged with other like-minded organizations to promote U.S. ratification of several international human rights treaties, and OPA representatives have participated in several human rights coalitions.

The links below provide further information on the Office’s efforts in these areas: