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Baha'i Faith: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 111574, tabled on 25 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to promote freedom of religion or belief for Baha’is.

Answered on

2 February 2022

The UK is committed to defending freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) for all, and promoting respect between different religious and non-religious communities. Promoting the right to FoRB is one of the UK's longstanding human rights priorities.

We remain deeply concerned about the severity and scale of violations and abuses towards the Baha'i community in different parts of the world. Bilaterally, Ministers and officials regularly raise specific cases of concern, and do not shy away from challenging those we believe are not meeting their obligations whether publicly or in private. For instance, On 22 April 2021, The Minister for the Middle East, North Africa and North America, outlined to Parliament in a Westminster Hall debate the efforts of the UK Government to hold Iran to account for its mistreatment toward followers of the Baha'i faith.