Urgent Question on death sentence verdict given to Hamed bin Haydara

11 January 2018

Harrow East MP, Bob Blackman, asked an Urgent Question in the House of Commons on 11 January on the death sentence verdict given to Hamed bin Haydara in Yemen.

Blackman also pressed Foreign Minister Sir Alan Duncan on the wider issue of the persecution of the Bahá’í community in Yemen. Sir Alan informed the House that "Opposing the persecution of religious minorities is a very high priority for the Foreign Office and our diplomatic efforts as we enter this year".

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