Human Rights, the UN and the Baháʼís in Iran

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Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2002 - Law - 628 pages
This book provides the first comprehensive assessment of the contribution of the United Nations to the human rights situation of the Bahá ís in Iran. It does this by examining the theoretical, legal, institutional and political dimensions of this issue in detail. The situation of the Bahá í community in Iran between 1979 and 2002 provides a particularly good test case for the international community due to its clarity. By giving attention to a singular case within a discrete time frame, this book is able to effectively examine the impact of UN human rights protection. Attention is given in this study to the clash between religion and human rights, the protection of freedom of religion or belief in international law, the workings of UN human rights charter-based and treaty bodies and their various mechanisms, and recommendations for the resolution of the Bahá í human rights situation in Iran.
 

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The author does an excellent job of introducing and analyzing the plight of the Baha'is in Iran. The book is rather long but the sheer amount of solid information, excellent analysis, thorough explanation and vast amount of history more than makes up for it.
Even though the author herself is a Baha'i, the book is written from a very scholarly and objective standpoint. She also does a great job of not only showing the human rights abuses perpetrated against Baha'is by the Islamic regime of Iran, but also the abuses it has committed against other minorities in Iran e.g. Christians, Jews, Sufis, Kurds, Arabs, etc. Overall, this is an excellent book for anyone interested about human rights in Iran, modern Iranian history, Iranian politics, the UN and the plight of the Baha'is in Iran. It is an excellent source to use in research papers and for human rights lawyers or anyone studying human rights law.
 

Contents

Faith in Human Rights Human Rights in Faith
27
Freedom of Religion or Belief under
55
Bahais the UN and
97
The Rafsanjani Years
125
The Khatami Years
145
The Bahai Case in TreatyBased Mechanisms
155
Prospects Implications and Recommendations
197
Political Overview
210
Selections From the Constitution
257
Details of Interventions Relating to the Bahdi Case
280
Details of the Case
318
Details of the Case
371
Details of the Case
394
Conventions to Which Iran is Not Party
434
Human Rights Committee HRC
440
Notes and References
489

UN Legal Texts on Freedom of Religion or Belief
235
1951 Convention relating to the Status
242

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Nazila Ghanea has been lecturing for the past decade and is currently the MA Convenor of the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights at the University of London, Institute of Commonwealth Studies. She is a graduate of Leeds and Keele Universities in the United Kingdom. Her research and publications have focused on freedom of religion or belief, the UN human rights machinery and particularly the Commission on Human Rights, religious minorities in the Middle East, diplomacy and human rights and the human rights of women. She has participated in over fifteen UN fora as consultant, delegation member or independent expert. The research for this publication stemmed from her doctoral research at the University of Keele.

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