Dutch MPs urge Iran to release Bahai leaders

21st March 2011, Comments 0 comments

In a letter to the Iranian parliament, a Dutch parliamentary commission has urgently called for the release of seven leaders of the Baha’i community who were recently sentenced to 20 years in jail.

The Dutch MPs urged the Iranian parliament to call on the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, to review the cases of Fariba Kamalabadi, Mahvash Sabet, Jamaeddin Khanjani, Afif Naimi, Saeed Rezayi, Behrooz Tavakoli and Vahid Tizfahm to ensure they received a fair trial.

The commission called on Iran to recognise the Baha’i faith as a religion and grant its followers full religious freedom. The MPs also called for the release of Yousef Naderkhani, a Christian priest from Gilan, and Sadegh Khanjani, both converts from Islam to Christianity.



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