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Belgium, Is CIAOSN ‘Cults Observatory’ at odds with principles of the European Court of Human Rights?

Learn about the controversy surrounding the concept of "cults" and the legality of identifying them. Discover the conflicting views between the Belgian Cult Observatory and the European Court of Human Rights regarding "harmful cultic organizations".

Eugenics influenced the formulation of the European Convention on Human Rights

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe this week dived in to deeply rooted discrimination and rights issues, discussing core values on which the Council had been founded in 1950. Ongoing research is...

INTERVIEW: Is trying to ban Halal slaughtering a concern for Human Rights?

Is trying to ban Halal slaughtering a concern for Human Rights? This is the question our special contributor, PhD. Alessandro Amicarelli, a renowned human rights attorney and activist, who chairs the European Federation on Freedom...

Tunisia: TV interview explores constructive role of religion in society | BWNS

A representative of Bahá’ís of Tunisia draws on the experience of the Bahá’ís of that country to explore the concept of religion as a force for social progress.

ECtHR: Belgium condemned for discriminating against Jehovah’s Witnesses

Belgium was condemned for discriminating against Jehovah's Witnesses. Failure to grant congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses exemption from property tax in the Brussels-Capital Region since 2018 was discriminatory ECHR 122 (2022) 05.04.2022 In today’s Chamber judgment1, in...

First Person: Coping with Ukraine’s health crisis

Jarno Habicht has worked with WHO for the last 19 years and served as WHO Representative in Ukraine since 2018. He explains how WHO prepared for armed conflict in the country, and how it has responded to health-related issues since the Russian invasion.

Global conferences: Fostering a culture of peace, contributing to social betterment | BWNS

BAHÁ’Í WORLD CENTRE — A rising wave of conferences is sweeping across the globe, bringing together the well-wishers of humanity to consult about how they can channel their energies and desire to promote unity...

Two years on, COVID-19 pandemic ‘far from over’

Almost 500 million people have been infected with the coronavirus since March 2020 and new variants are still a threat. This Friday marks two years since the World Health Organization (WHO) characterised the global spread of COVID-19 as a pandemic. 

BIC: Re-envisioning the future of work | BWNS

The New York Office of the BIC has been exploring new conceptions of work, centered around the principles of unity, justice, collaboration, and consultation.

UN health agency updates guidelines on COVID-19 therapeutics

The World Health Organization (WHO), for the first time, included an oral antiviral drug in its COVID-19 treatment guidance.

Ukraine: Oxygen shortage putting lives in danger

On day seven of the Ukraine crisis, UN-led efforts to ramp up support to the country’s embattled health workers have continued, with the first shipment of lifesaving supplies due to arrive in neighbouring Poland in the coming hours.

Omicron sublineage BA.2 remains a variant of concern

The BA.2 virus, a sublineage of the Omicron COVID-19 mutation, should continue to be considered a variant of concern, scientists convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement on Tuesday. 

“United in our diversity”: Tunisian faith communities sign coexistence pact | BWNS

Leaders of Tunisia’s faith communities have signed a “National Pact for Coexistence,” expressing their commitment to building a more peaceful society.

COVID-19: Health workers face ‘dangerous neglect’, warn WHO, ILO

Health teams worldwide need much safer working conditions to combat the “dangerous neglect” they have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN health and labour agencies said on Monday. 

BIC New York: Equality of women and men necessary for response to climate crises | BWNS

A new BIC statement explores how the principle of gender equality will need to be woven into processes of governance for effective responses to the climate crisis.

WHO highlights benefits and dangers of artificial intelligence for older people

Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies can improve older people’s health and well-being, but only if ageism is eliminated from their design, implementation, and use, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday.

Chile House of Worship: How to foster prosperous cities | BWNS

Civil society leaders and representatives of the Bahá’ís of Chile explore spiritual principles that can guide the development of cities for the well-being of all.

New WHO platform promotes global cancer prevention 

With one in five people worldwide developing cancer during their lifetimes, prevention of the disease has become one of the most significant public health challenges of the 21st century.

United Kingdom: New podcast explores relationship between religion and media | BWNS

A newly launched podcast by the Bahá’ís of the UK invites journalists to profound discussions on how the media can play a constructive role in society.

Putting an end to India’s oxygen crises

Scenes of relatives desperately trying to find oxygen supplies for hospitalized COVID-19 patients in India last year, alerted the world to an acute, deadly problem. Yet that was not this first time the country’s hospitals have been hit by a shortage of the life-saving gas, prompting the question of whether there will be enough supplies, when the next major health crisis hits.

Improve resistance to neglected tropical diseases, WHO urges

To mark World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday called for an international push to confront the inequalities that characterize NTDs, and ensure the poorest and most marginalized communities who are the most impacted, receive the health services they need.

Sudan: 15 attacks on health facilities and workers in two months

With the crisis escalating in Sudan, there have been 15 reports of attacks on healthcare workers and health facilities since last November, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. 

Counsellors’ return marks start of new journey for Bahá’í world | BWNS

The Counsellors are now departing the Holy Land ready to infuse Bahá’í communities worldwide with the wealth of insights gained over the past days of discussions.

Make history and eliminate cervical cancer for ever, urges WHO chief

Though highly preventable and treatable, cervical cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in reproductive-aged women globally, according to the UN health agency, kicking off Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

“Glimpses of a Hundred Years of Endeavour”: New film looks at journey of global Bahá’í community | BWNS

A film commissioned by the Universal House of Justice provides glimpses of the Bahá’í community’s efforts over the past century to contribute to the oneness of humanity.
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