The International Bar Association has just published an article on the persecution of the Baha’is. Below are the opening paragraphs: for full article see link.
The growing persecution of Baha’i leaders in Iran is a gross violation of international law and must be stopped, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran has told IBA Global Insight. The call for action comes on the fifth anniversary of the imprisonment of seven prominent Baha’i leaders.
The ‘Baha’i seven’ were given 20-year sentences in 2010 after being arrested in May 2008. For nine months they were held without charge and for more than a year they were denied legal representation.On 9 May, 18 leading British lawyers, including Lord Lester QC and Geoffrey Robertson QC, signed an open letter calling for their release and the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) and Law Society of England and Wales co-hosted a seminar on access to justice in Iran, with a focus on the Baha’i community.
Speaking to IBA Global Insight at the event, the UN Special Rapporteur Dr Ahmed Shaheed said: ‘The persecution of key groups like the Baha’i appears to be sharply rising… From the outset of my mandate, reports from members of the Baha’i in Iran have portrayed an on-going situation in which adherents of the unrecognised religion face discrimination in law and practice.