UK: Iranian government must “cease its harassment” of Baha’is


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Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 3 February 2011

Iran: Baha’i Faith
Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Iran on the protection of human rights of people of the Baha’i faith in that country. [37587]

Alistair Burt: In 2010, I discussed human rights issues with the Iranian embassy on five occasions, including the unacceptable persecution of the Baha’is. Our embassy in Tehran also continues to raise this directly with the Iranian authorities, most recently on 12 December 2010.

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We will continue to remind Iran of the international commitments it has freely signed up to. We will also urge the Iranian Government to cease its harassment of the Baha’i minority and to respect the rights of other minority groups.

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