Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Iranian Baha’i community

Mr. James Rajotte (Edmonton-Leduc, CPC):

"Mr. Speaker, in October 1998, the House gave unanimous consent to a motion that called upon the government of Iran to end its oppression of the Iranian Baha’i community.

The government of Iran has not done so. Instead, it is increasing discrimination and other human rights violations against the Baha’is. Not only are the 300,000 members of the Iranian Baha’i community prevented from practising their faith, but its government continues to imprison Baha’is on the basis of their religious beliefs.

One hundred and twenty-five people have been detained since 2005, many of them young people who have been denied the basic right to post-secondary education unless they recant their faith, and the Iranian government is also stepping up its efforts to identify and monitor the Baha’is.

In December, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on the situation of human rights in Iran that was sponsored by Canada. I encourage our government to continue working with the international community to denounce human rights abuses against the Iranian Baha’is and to encourage the government of Iran to respect its human rights obligations."