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Dhabihu'llah Mahrami

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of the expropriation of the home of Mr. Dhabihu’llah Mahrami, who died in prison in Iran on 15 December 2005; and if she will make a statement. (134442)

We have not received reports of the expropriation of the home of Mr. Dhabihu’llah Mahrami, but we are prepared to take further action as appropriate.

We understand that Mr. Mahrami died in custody on 15 December 2005. Mr. Mahrami’s case had previously appeared on the EU list of cases of concern used in the EU-Iran Human Rights Dialogue. The EU raised the death of Mr. Mahrami in a meeting with the Iranian authorities on 31 January 2006 and handed over a note verbale requesting further information.

We continue to have concerns about the situation of religious minorities in Iran and treatment of the Baha’i community in particular. We often receive reports of discrimination against Baha’is in Iran.

We continue to press the Iranian authorities to take seriously their international human rights obligations, uphold the right to freedom of religion and belief, as described in Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and address the discrimination suffered by Iranian Baha’is. The UN General Assembly Resolution about the human rights situation in Iran, adopted in December 2006 and co-sponsored by the EU, expressed serious concern at

“the disregard of property rights, including through de facto expropriation as noted in the report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing”


“the escalation and increased frequency of discrimination and other human rights violations against members of the Baha’i Faith”.