Thames Valley’s Bahá’i community has commended lawyer Cherie Blair for her stance on ‘faith, life and death in Iran’ in an article in the Guardian newspaper, the same day the trial of seven Bahá’is started (the seven are currently being held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison).
Cherie stated that the Iranian government must be shamed into holding the trial of the Bahá’is in open court and added that pressure needs to be stepped up for the intimidation and harassment of other religious minorities to be stopped.
Shawn Khorassani, a Thames Valley based Bahá’i, said: “Every element of support from high profile sources is essential. So it is heartening to see someone like Cherie Blair add her voice to the plight of the seven Bahá’is in Iran, particularly in view of her legal standing.
“Cherie stated that the trial of the Bahá’i leaders should matter to all who care about human rights. In Iran, for the Bahá’i community among others, the fight for human rights has become a matter of life and death.”