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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland Conservative, South Swindon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will support a resolution on the human rights situation in Iran at the forthcoming session of the Human Rights Council that will go beyond a procedural mandate and address the (a) substantive human rights problems in Iran and (b) persecution of the Bahá'í community in that country; and if he will make a statement.

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

Securing the extension of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran at the forthcoming Human Rights Council is a UK priority. We are currently considering our position on the text of the resolution to secure this mandate. A procedural resolution may be easier to achieve. The UK will refer to the reported escalation of persecution of the Baha’is in Iran in its intervention during the presentation of the Special Rapporteur’s report to the Council on 11 March, as well as a number of other examples of Iran’s appalling human rights record.

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