Iran: Baha'i Faith:Written question - 15506

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 09 November 2015
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Iran: Baha'i Faith
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the human rights of the Bahai community in Iran.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 20 November 2015

We have repeatedly expressed our concern at the harassment faced by Baha’is in Iran and at the sentencing of seven Baha'i leaders to 20 years in prison. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond) raised human rights concerns during his visit to Tehran in August, including lack of freedoms for all citizens. We will continue to urge the Iranian Government to ensure that all Iranian citizens are able to practise their faith freely, as required by international conventions.

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