Iran: Baha'i Faith

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the Government has made at (a) an EU and (b) a UN level on the persecution of people of the Baha'i faith in Iran.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

​We regularly discuss concerns about the human rights situation in Iran, including the persecution of followers of the Baha'i faith, with our EU and other international partners in both Tehran and in Brussels. In the UN we continue to lead efforts to encourage Iran to improve its human rights record. For example, in March 2017 at the UN Human Rights Council, we highlighted persecution of Baha'is during the dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran.

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