Persecution of the Bahá’ís in Iran
Question for written answer E-006006/2020
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Antonio López-Istúriz White (PPE)
There has been a noticeable escalation of the systematic, government-led persecution of the Bahá’ís in Iran. With the excuse of the escalating health pandemic, Bahá’ís are being arrested all over the country, summoned to court, tried, sentenced to jail or imprisoned, all under baseless accusations. This issue is regularly raised in conversations with the Iranian authorities, but the situation is worsening.
Given the fact that the nature of the Bahá’ís’ persecution is multidimensional and they have been stripped of almost all their rights, will the European External Action Service act and specifically call upon the Iranian authorities to start showing good will by letting young Bahá’ís go to university and complete their degrees, just as their compatriots can?