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Iran: Detainees

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL5125, tabled on 5 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are making representations to the government of Iran about (1) Nasser Navard Gol-Tapeh, held in Evin Prison and denied parole, and (2) members of house-churches and non-recognized churches held in prison in that country.

Answered on

17 January 2022

Promoting the right to freedom of religion or belief for all is one of the UK's longstanding human rights priorities, and the persecution of Christians in Iran is of serious concern. We raise human rights issues with the Iranian government at all appropriate opportunities and we continue to take action with the international community to press Iran to improve its poor record. In November 2021, we co-sponsored the annual UN Third Committee resolution on human rights in Iran which called on the Government of Iran to release all religious practitioners imprisoned for their membership in or activities on behalf of a recognized or unrecognized minority religious or belief group.