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Iran And The Persecution Of Religious Minorities

EDM number 453 in 2014-15, proposed by Jeffrey Donaldson on 30/10/2014.
Categorised under the topics of Human rights, Iran and Religion and faith communities.

That this House condemns the persecution of Christians, Bahá'ís and other religious minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran which has increased under the leadership of President Rouhani and calls on the Iranian government to release prisoners incarcerated on account of their faith such as Farshid Fathi, Benham Irani, Alireza Seyyedian, Homayoun Shokouhi, Vahid Hakkani, Mojtaba Seyyed Alaedin Hossein, Abdolreza Ali Haghnejad, Silas Rabbani, Shahin Lahooti, Suroush Saraie, Ebrahim Firouzi, Maryam Naghash Zargaran and Rasoul Abdollahi; is concerned by Iran's refusal to allow entry to a delegation of UK parliamentarians to open positive and respectful dialogue on these matters; notes the recent comments of President Rouhani's Advisor on Religious Affairs that underlined the illegality of religious conversion in Iran which sits contrary to Iran's obligations under international law; urges the UK and the 46 other member states of the UN Human Rights Council, to raise the cases of individual Christian prisoners of conscience during Iran's Universal Periodic Review on 31 October 2014, and to recommend their release; and further urges Ministers to recognises the significance the UK population places on putting human rights and religious liberty at the heart of the UK's international relations, noting the Iranian government's eagerness to see its embassy reopened in London.

This motion has been signed by a total of 36 MPs.

Jeffrey M Donaldson30/10/2014Lagan ValleyDUPProposed
William McCrea30/10/2014South AntrimDUPSeconded
Jim Shannon30/10/2014StrangfordDUPSeconded
Mike Hancock03/11/2014Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSeconded
Virendra Sharma03/11/2014Ealing, SouthallLabourSeconded
Peter Bottomley03/11/2014Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Jim Cunningham03/11/2014Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Kate Hoey03/11/2014VauxhallLabourSigned
Mark Durkan03/11/2014FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Alan Meale04/11/2014MansfieldLabourSigned
Bob Blackman04/11/2014Harrow EastConservativeSigned
Gregory Campbell04/11/2014East LondonderryDUPSigned
David Simpson04/11/2014Upper BannDUPSigned
Paul Flynn04/11/2014Newport WestLabourSigned
Margaret Ritchie04/11/2014South DownSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Ronnie Campbell05/11/2014Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Sandra Osborne05/11/2014Ayr, Carrick and CumnockLabourSigned
John Leech05/11/2014Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Williams05/11/2014CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned
Martin Caton05/11/2014GowerLabourSigned
Nigel Dodds05/11/2014Belfast NorthDUPSigned
David Anderson05/11/2014BlaydonLabourSigned
Gary Streeter05/11/2014South West DevonConservativeSigned
Ian Paisley Jnr05/11/2014North AntrimDUPSigned
Lady Hermon05/11/2014North DownIndependentSigned
David Ward05/11/2014Bradford EastLiberal DemocratSigned
Annette Brooke06/11/2014Mid Dorset and North PooleLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew George06/11/2014St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Mary Glindon06/11/2014North TynesideLabourSigned
Fiona Bruce10/11/2014CongletonConservativeSigned
David Crausby11/11/2014Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell11/11/2014Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Alasdair McDonnell19/11/2014Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Naomi Long19/11/2014Belfast EastAllianceSigned
Lindsay Roy25/11/2014GlenrothesLabourSigned
Geraint Davies04/02/2015Swansea WestLabourSigned

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