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The Baha’i Faith and Human Rights

17-12-2014

Four clenched fists raised against blue sky

On December 10, the world commemorated Human Rights Day to honor the 66th anniversary of the adoption of the\

Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. This is an appropriate time, then, to reflect on the concept of human rights from a Baha’i perspective.

When I was a young Baha’i, the teaching of the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’u’llah, that most touched my heart was the unity of humankind and of people of all religions and races. Baha’u’llah said: “Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony.” And He declared: “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”

In keeping with this teaching of human oneness, Baha’u’llah said we should “consort with the followers of all religions in

aspirit of friendliness and fellowship.”

This counsel meant a lot to me. I loved to visit churches with my Christian friends, knowing that as a Baha’i I also believed

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