Iran: Baha'i Faith

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 15th July 2010.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Iranian authorities to free the seven Baha'i leaders now in their third year in prison awaiting trial; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK remains extremely concerned about the ongoing detention of the seven Baha'i leaders in Iran. In my statement of 10 June 2010, I made clear that the accused should be given due legal process and that their rights be fully protected, in line with international standards.

This is a case I am following closely and I again urge the Iranian Government to cease its harassment of the Baha'i minority, and to respect the rights of the many members of minority groups who continue to face arrest and lengthy prison sentences, often on vaguely worded charges of acting against national security.

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