"International pressure does have an impact"

Cherie Blair zieht heute in einem Gastbeitrag für den britischen Guardian den Vergleich zwischen dem Fall der US-Journalistin Roxana Saberi und der angeklagten Bahá’í-Führungsriege im Iran.

International pressure does have an impact. The storm of protest over the sham trial and severe punishment of US journalist Roxana Saberi last year forced President Ahmadinejad himself to intervene. His move led to the guilty verdict and eight-year sentence imposed by the revolutionary court being thrown out and the journalist freed… we need to step up pressure on the Iranian government to drop the intimidation and harassment of other religious minorities, too. When leading British Bahá’ís approached me last year for advice on human rights, I was shocked to hear about the record of persecution the followers of an intrinsically peaceful faith had suffered.

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