UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights says Iranian Baha'is face "widespread and entrenched" discrimination.


GENEVA--The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has issued a series of pointed recommendations to the Iranian government--recommendations that included a plea for Iran to ensure that all citizens, regardless of religious belief, enjoy full rights without any discrimination.

In a report issued on 22 May 2013, the Committee specifically referred to the Baligi community, expressing its concern that Iranian Bahals face "widespread and entrenched discrimination, including denial of access to employment in the public sector, institutions of higher education, as well as to benefits of the pension system."

It recommended that Iran "take steps to ensure that members of the Bahal community are protected against discrimination and exclusion in every field:' Diane Alal, the representative of the Baldi International Community to the United Nations in Geneva, welcomed the Committee's findings, known as concluding observations:' She said: "The Committee's report highlights the extent of the persecution of Baha'is in Iran, which includes employment, education, and cultural issues."

She noted that Committee members questioned Iranian officials during a day-long session earlier in the month, asking, among other things, why the government feels it has to...

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