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Yemen: Baha'i Faith

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 109209, tabled on 23 October 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support freedom of religion for the Baha'i community in Yemen.

Answered on

31 October 2017

We are concerned that the Baha'is are being persecuted for their religious beliefs in Yemen, particularly in areas controlled by the Houthis and forces aligned to former President Saleh. We strongly condemn this mistreatment and continue to work closely with our partners including the EU to raise the issue directly with the de facto authorities. The immediate release of all Baha'is in Yemen imprisoned for their religious beliefs was a key demand in the September UN Human Rights Council Resolution, which we supported. We will work closely with all partners to ensure its implementation.