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Yemen: Baha'i Faith

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL10419, tabled on 1 October 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that members of the Baha’i faith in prison or facing death sentences by Houthi courts in Yemen are protected.

Answered on

15 October 2018

​The UK supports freedom of religious belief for all Yemenis. On 28 September the UK voted for a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council that emphasised the international community’s concern at the plight of the Baha’i and called for the immediate release of all Baha’i detained due to their religious belief. The persecution of members of the Baha’i community in areas of Yemen under Houthi control due to their religious beliefs is a serious violation of international human rights law. New cases of arbitrary detention and continuing reports of the abuse of detainees by the Houthis are deeply concerning, and we wholly condemn this mistreatment. We have raised our concerns with the Houthi authorities.