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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL754, tabled on 12 July 2017

Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief that the "recent escalation in persistent pattern of persecution of the Baha'i community in Sana'a mirrors the persecution suffered by the Baha'i living in Iran", what assessment they have made of the influence of Iran against the interests of the Baha'i community in Sana'a, Yemen.

Answered on

26 July 2017

We share the UN Special Rapporteur's concerns about the persecution of the Baha'i community in Yemen. We have raised our concerns with the Government of Yemen, and sought to highlight their plight through public diplomacy. We call on all parties to respect freedom of religion and belief and to protect the fundamental human rights of all Yemenis. We are concerned by Iranian support for the Houthis, and encourage Iran to show it can be constructive through promoting stability and showing commitment to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen.