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Support for UN resolution’s powerful message to Iran

26/11/2009

Thames Valley’s Bahá’í Community has welcomed a strongly worded resolution from the United Nations to Iran on human rights.

The resolution expresses “deep concern at serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations in the Islamic Republic of Iran.” The list of violations included oppressive measures taken after the June 2009 presidential election and “increasing discrimination” again minority groups, including Bahá’ís.

Thames Valley Community Bahá’í , Shawn Khorassani, said: “It is good to know that the plight of Bahá’ís in Iran has not been forgotten. This year’s UN resolution sends a potent message to the Iranian government, stating vigorously that the international community will not turn a blind eye to human rights violations.”

The resolution makes extensive mention of the persecution of Bahá’ís, expressing concern over “attacks on Bahá’ís and their faith in State-sponsored media, preventing members of the Bahá’í Faith from attending university and from sustaining themselves economically.”

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