UN experts call for immediate release of the seven

May 13, 2013

Four high-level United Nations human rights experts today called on Iran to immediately release the seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders.

In a press release issued by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the arrest of the seven, the four experts emphasized that the seven are held solely because of their religious beliefs, that their continued imprisonment is unjust and wrongful, and that Iran’s treatment of religious minorities violates international law.

The four are: Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran; El Hadji Malick Sow, head of the UN’s Working Group on arbitrary detention; Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief; and Rita Izsak, the UN Independent Expert on minority issues.

To read the Baha’i World News Service story, click here.

To read the UN OHCHR press release, follow this link.

A PDF of the OHCRH release can also be downloaded by clicking here.

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