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18 June 2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001614/2018

The High Representative/Vice-President (HR/VP) is aware of the verdict issued against Mr Haydara. The European External Action Service is closely monitoring his case and those of others convicted in Yemen, liaising with the representatives of Baha'í community to this effect. Notwithstanding the very difficult conditions to access Sana'a the Delegation of the EU to Yemen (based in Amman) is actively pursuing outreach activities in relation to this specific case.

The EU is strongly committed to the respect of minorities' rights and to freedom of religion or belief and considers that these will be crucial elements for the success of any national reconciliation process in Yemen, leading to a sustainable and lasting peace.

By the same token, the EU is addressing the situation of the Baha'í community in Iran. Most recently, it has raised this issue during the discussion on human rights held in the context of the EU-Iran High Level Dialogue in November 2017.

Moreover, during the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the EU, during an Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Islamic Republic of Iran which was held on 13 March 2017, underlined its serious concern about the situation of persons belonging to religious minorities in Iran, in particular the continuing systematic discrimination of persons belonging to the Baha’i community.

The EU will continue to actively follow the situation of the Baha'í community in Iran.

Last updated: 19 June 2018Legal notice