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 assessment the Government has made of trends in number of people of the Baha'i faith persecuted in Iran (a) between 2005 and 2013 and (b) since the coming to power of President Hassan Rouhani in August 2013.

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)

​The UK Government does not hold historical data on the number of Baha'is detained or persecuted in Iran. The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran estimates that, as of March 2017, there were 90 Baha'is detained in Iran, all for charges related to their religious belief and practices.

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