Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th November 2014.

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Photo of Joe Benton Joe Benton Labour, Bootle

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he takes to emphasise the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iran during discussions with his Iranian counterpart.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We remain deeply concerned by the ongoing discrimination against Christians and other minority religious groups in Iran. We have called for the Iranian government to protect the rights of all minority groups and end the persecution of individuals on the basis of their faith. We last raised these issues with the Iranian government during our interventions at the Universal Periodic Review of Iran’s Human Rights at the UN on 31 October.

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