Der Bahá’í World News Service berichtet über den weltweiten Protest gegen die ungerechtfertigte Inhaftierung iranischer Bürger unter anderem der Bahá’í im Iran. Dabei verweist er auch auf die gestrige Stellungnahme der EU-Außenbeauftragten Baroness Catherine Ashton.
In a declaration made on behalf of the European Union, its High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton, said, “We call on Iran to respect fair trial rights as enshrined in article 14 of the ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights). Discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities and women are other areas of concern.”
“We are disturbed by serious reports of ill-treatment and torture of those detained and imprisoned as well as allegations of forced confessions,” the EU declaration said. “The EU will be closely monitoring the ongoing trial of Baha’i leaders in this regard.”
“We take this opportunity to reassure the people of Iran that they have not been forgotten: the EU will continue to speak out and to call on the Iranian authorities to respect the rights of their citizens in accordance with the international obligations to which they have committed under the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights and other human rights treaties,” the statement concluded.
The EU declaration was issued on Saturday, 12 June – the same day that the seven Baha’i leaders returned to court in Tehran for the start of the fourth session of their trial, which continues today.
Die Erklärung der Außenbeauftragten ist hier einsehbar.