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Volume 712: debated on Tuesday 7 July 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 18 May (WA 265), whether the Government of Iran have given assurances that the seven Baha'i leaders will receive fair trials, in accordance with article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and whether they have made representations about the status of a further 24 Baha'is imprisoned in Iran. [HL4456]

We continue to express our concerns to the Iranian Government regarding the treatment and continued detention of the seven Baha'i leaders. Alongside our EU partners we have repeatedly urged the Iranian Government to ensure that these individuals are protected and given a fair trial in accordance with international standards. In an EU declaration dated 25 May 2009, we raised concerns about the treatment of the wider Baha'i community and other religious minorities in Iran.

The Iranian Government refuse to engage constructively with the international community on human rights issues. In this context, we believe the most significant impact we can have at present is by ensuring that international attention remains focused on the human rights environment in Iran by raising individual cases of concern.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they sought any explanations from the Government of Iran following recent arrests of opposition leaders and expulsions of British journalists. [HL4528]

My right honourable friends the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary have expressed their serious concerns about the arrest of protesters and journalists and the expulsion of foreign correspondents. EU statements have also reinforced this point.