Diane Ala'i

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Diane Ala’i "has held the position of Representative to the United Nations for the Bahá'í International Community at the United Nations Office in Geneva since 1992. In this position, she has participated in numerous sessions of United Nations organs such as the General Assembly, the Commission on Human Rights, the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities and its Working Groups, the UN treaty monitoring bodies and other UN mechanisms, as well as the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She headed the delegation of the Bahá'í International Community at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban in 2001 and was a member of the delegation at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993.

"Ms. Ala'i is currently Chair of the NGO Sub-Committee on Freedom of Religion and Belief (Geneva), Vice-Chair of the Committee on Racism and Racial Discrimination and participates actively in the Special Committee of International NGOs on Human Rights. She has also collaborated with the UN as a consultant for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Technical Cooperation in Armenia in November 1997, training national NGOs in human rights machinery.

"Ms. Ala'i holds post-graduate degrees in International Relations from the Institut d’Études des Relations Internationales in Paris and from the Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales in Nice. She also holds degrees from the International Institute for Human Rights in Strasbourg and the Geneva Peace Research Institute." [1]

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  1. Staff, Baha'i International Community, accessed July 23, 2008.