Human Rights – The Short List of Planet Health
Today is the day of regular Bloggers Unite movement action. This edition is about Human Rights. I can’t live it without my and yours attention.
Bloggers Unite is an opportunity for bloggers, vloggers, and photobloggers to use their space to make the world a better place.
I believe, that human rights are the main options for healthy life of people on the Earth. You may ask me why? The concept of human rights propose healthy relations between people, mutual aid, respect and many other things the good moral and physical health can’t form without.
Taking part in Bloggers Unite I want to pay your attention on that kind of human right as “freedom of religion” – the health of soul and particularly persecution of the Bahá’ís in Iran and Egypt. As you may know:
The Bahá’í Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent religions. Its founder, Bahá’u'lláh (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahá’ís as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.
The Bahá’í Faith teaches that true religion promotes unity, and that unity is the fundamental prerequisite for the achievement of global peace. “The well-being of mankind,” Bahá’u'lláh said, “its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.”
Among the measures which the Bahá’í community advocates as contributions to world unity are a federation of nations, an international auxiliary language, the coordination of the world’s economy, a universal system of education, a code of human rights for all peoples, an integrated mechanism for global communication, and a universal system of currency, weights and measures.
But we see not all likes the idea of world peace and human unity. Some Islamic leaders of such countries as Iran and Egypt do not want to let people have the rights they deserve. Working with United Nations for a building peace on Earth Baha’is are yet persecuted in many countries.
Believing that the United Nations represents a major effort in the unification of the planet, Baha’is have supported its work in every way possible. The Baha’i International Community is accredited with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The Community’s offices in New York and Geneva and Bahá’ís in many lands regularly participate in conferences, congresses and seminars concerned with the socio-economic life of our planet.
There are Baha’is in any country and territory, they work hard teaching children on poor territories such as Africa, helping and healing people in such countries as India. But some governments see in them the possible problem for keeping their power concentrated without hearing people needs.
[...] In 1960, Bahá’í institutions and community activities were banned by Presidential decree of President Gamal Abdel Nasser. All Bahá’í community properties, including Bahá’í centers, libraries, and cemeteries, were subsequently confiscated. Bahá’ís are also not allowed to hold identity cards, and are thus, among other things, not able to own property, attend university, have a business, obtain birth, marriage and death certificates. [...]
On 6 April 2006, the Administrative Court ruled in favour of recognising the right of Egyptian Bahá’ís to have their religion acknowledged on official documents.” However, on 15 May 2006, after a government appeal, the ruling was suspended by the Supreme Administrative Court. On December 16, 2006, only after one hearing, the Supreme Administrative Council of Egypt ruled against the Bahá’ís and stating that the government may not recognize the Bahá’í Faith in official identification numbers. The ruling left Bahá’ís unable to obtain the necessary government documents to have rights in their country unless they lie about their religion, which conflicts with Bahá’í religious principle. Bahá’ís cannot obtain identification cards, birth certificates, death certificates, marriage or divorce certificates, or passports. Without those documents, they could be employed, educated, treated in hospitals, or vote, among other things. In 2008, a Cairo court ruled that Baha’is may obtain birth certificates and identification documents, so long as they omit their religion on court documents.
Wikipedia: Human Rights in Egypt: Freedom of Religion
So even now Bahá’ís have no rights to live, work or study normal in Egypt.
But situation in Iran is more oppressive. Just today’s news:
NEW YORK (15 May, 2008), — 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 Bahá’í leaders were summarily rounded up and killed.
You must admit that it is too hard to be healthy when you are dead.
The Iranian government don’t like not only Baha’is, the February news:
The Iranian Parliament is considering legislation that would institutionalize a series of gross human rights violations, affecting not only Baha’is but many others, even outside of Iran, the Baha’i International Community said today.
Of greatest concern is a section that would mandate the death penalty for anyone who converts from Islam to another religion, a provision that would affect not only Baha’is but also Christians, Jews, and others.
“This proposed law goes against all human rights norms and standards, including international treaties that Iran itself has agreed to,” said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations.
You can fin more about persecution of Baha’is here.
So please think about it and make all possible to avoid violations of human rights on the Earth if you want to life healthy and happy. The one of the step can be to state your opinion in comments.
Thank you! Be the Human!