Thursday, 24 May 2007

Amnesty International Report 2007

The Baha’is of Iran were detained or harassed of the account of their Faith. Amnesty International's Secretary General, Irene Khan, launched the Amnesty International Report 2007 from London on Wednesday 23 May 2007.

Sixty-five Baha’is were detained during 2006 and five remained held at the end of the year. In March Mehran Kawsari was released early from his three-year prison sentence imposed in connection with an open letter sent to the then President in November 2004. In March, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief expressed concern about an October 2005 letter instructing various government agencies to identify, and collect information about, Baha’is in Iran.

Detention and harassment of the Baha’is of Iran, the largest religious minority is continuing, Baha’i youths have been deprived from higher education, and Baha’i children have been insulted and even faced physical punishment in public schools. I cannot believe how possibly one can treat young children like that. It is time for the whole world to bear witness to what is happening in Iran, and to raise their voices to put an end to the persecution.

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