Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 25th January 2005.

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Photo of Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the extent of persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Iran.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

holding answer of 24 January 2005

We have no specific information on the situation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Iran. We continue to receive reports of discrimination against members of Iran's religious minorities, including the surveillance, intimidation, and arrest of members of Iran's Christian communities. We have made clear to the Iranian authorities on many occasions that this is unacceptable, and have called upon them to permit Iranians of all faiths to practice their beliefs freely and without interference, in line with Iran's international obligations.

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