- Category: News
- Created: Monday, 27 March 2006 05:38
- Published: Monday, 27 March 2006 04:00
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"The Bahá'í Faith is native to Iran but members of the religion have long been persecuted; denied education and even executed for their beliefs. The Islamic Republic does not recognise the faith and instead regards it as a pro-British political organisation. And now the United Nations has released a letter suggesting a concerted effort, encouraged by the Supreme Leader, to monitor and identify those who belong to it. The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Asma Jahangir, said she was highly concerned by the letter and considers such monitoring an unacceptable interference with the rights of the members of religious communities. Barney Leith is the external affairs representative for the UK Bahá'í community."