US Condemns Iran for Imprisoning Bahai

May 15, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AFP

The United States denounced Iran on Friday over its detention of seven leaders of the Bahai religious minority who have been held for two years.

The United States "is deeply concerned about the ongoing persecution" of both Bahais and other religious minorities in Iran, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in a statement.

On the second anniversary of the detention of seven Bahai leaders, he said, "the United States strongly condemns their continued incarceration as a violation of due process."

Washington "calls on Iran to meet its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights," he added.