U.S. Remains Concerned with the Iranians Government's Continued Persecution of Baha'is and other Religious Minority Communities

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An excerpt form the March 31st Session”

Mark C. Toner
Acting Deputy Department Spokesman
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
March 31, 2011

1:24 p.m. EDT

MR. TONER: Good afternoon. I just have one thing briefly to read to you at the top and then I will take your questions.

The United States remains concerned with the Iranian Government’s continued persecution of Baha’is and other religious minority communities in Iran. We’re deeply troubled about reports coming out of Iran that a 20-year sentence of the seven Baha’i leaders was reinstated on appeal by the prosecutor general, a man the United States recently imposed economic sanctions and a travel ban on for committing serious human rights violations. We condemn this unprecedented step as a violation of Iran’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

That’s it. Go to your questions now.

See the full article here: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2011/03/159473.htm

Source: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2011/03/159473.htm


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