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Mr Morteza Shirazi

Volume 572: debated on Wednesday 15 May 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What information they have concerning Mr. Morteza Shirazi, a writer imprisoned on 21st November 1995 and alleged suffering torture in Iran; and concerning other scholars and writers who are followers of the Grand Ayatollah Shirazi who have been similarly imprisoned.

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
(Baroness Chalker of Wallasey)

We are aware of a number of reports of the arrest of Mr. Morteza Shirazi and others. Most notably, the Special Representative of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights has asked the Iranian authorities to provide information on a number of recently arrested clerics, including Mr. Shirazi. We will follow developments closely.