Posted by: becketfund | August 27, 2008

Yemen: Three Baha’i Members to be Deported to Iran

SAN’A – Three Baha’i members detained in Yemen face immediate deportation to Iran, the AP reported on August 27.  According to an international Baha’i group, the three Iranian men, if deported, could face prosecution and torture because their faith is illegal in Iran.  The three individuals had lived in Yemen for over 25 years and were arrested in raids on Baha’i residencies on suspicions of proselytizing.  According to the UN Baha’i representative, Bani Dugal, “Deportation to any country for three individuals with well established businesses and families for their religious beliefs would be grossly unjust, but deportation to Iran, where they face the possibility of torture, would be a clear violation of international human rights law.”      

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