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Mrs Diane Ala'l, Representative of the Baha'i International Community’s United Nations Geneva

Ms. Diane Ala’i has been a Representative of the Baha'i International Community’s United Nations Office in Geneva since 1992. Ms. Ala’i has participated in numerous sessions of the UN General Assembly, the Human Rights Council (and its predecessor, the former Commission on Human Rights and its Sub-Commission) and UN treaty monitoring bodies, as well as the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna (1993) and the Third World Conference Against Racism in Durban (2001) where she served as head of the delegation. She has participated as invited expert in many consultations held by the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, the European Union, the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice, as well as at the UN Forum on Minorities in 2013 and 2014. She has contributed an article on “Religious minorities and the death penalty – the case of the Bahá'í religious minority” in a publication entitled On Death Penalty in Iran (2015). Ms. Ala'i is Chair of the NGO Sub-Committee on Freedom of Religion and Belief (Geneva). Ms. Ala'i holds postgraduate degrees in International Relations from the Institut d’Études des Relations Internationales (Paris) the Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales (Nice). She also holds degrees from the International Institute for Human Rights in Strasbourg and the Geneva Peace Research Institute.
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The Baha'i International Community represents the worldwide Baha'i community, whose members come from every national, ethnic, religious, cultural, and socio-economic background, representing a cross-section of humanity.

Active in various global fora, the Baha’i International Community maintains United Nations offices in New York and Geneva, as well as regional offices in Addis Ababa, Brussels, and Jakarta. The Baha’i International Community registered with the UN as an NGO in 1948 and currently has  consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), as well as accreditation with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI). The Baha’i International Community collaborates with the UN and its specialized agencies, as well as member states, inter- and non-governmental organizations, academia, and practitioners. Viewing global advancement primarily through the lens of capacity building, we seek the empowerment of increasingly larger segments of humanity to work effectively toward the spiritual and material betterment of all. Toward this end, we offer insights from the Baha’i teachings and the experience of the worldwide Baha’i community in trying to put those insights into practice in support of efforts to address global challenges.
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