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The Irish Government has called on Iran to respect the rights of its religious minorities, saying that it deplores the discrimination of minorities there.

In a wide-ranging address to the United Nations Human Rights Council highlighting instances of human rights abuses across the globe, Ambassador Patricia O’Brien specifically referred to human rights abuses in Iran related to religion.

Bahá’ís form the single biggest non-Muslim population in Iran and followers of the religion have been routinely subjected to human rights abuses since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

“Ireland deplores the discrimination of minorities including ethnic minorities, and calls for the rights of religious minorities including those in Iran and Myanmar, to be respected,” said Ambassador O’Brien when she addressed the Human Rights Council on September 19th.

The Irish Government through its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has regularly drawn attention to the persecution of the Bahá’ís in Iran.
Listen here to Patricia O’Brien’s full statement – it’s at Chapter 31:

http://webtv.un.org/search/item4-general-debate-14th-meeting-33rd-regular-session-human-rights-council-/5131061115001?term=Ireland

Listen here to the statement by Ms Diane Ala’i of the Bahá’í International Community at Chapter 52:

http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/human-rights-council/watch/item4-general-debate-14th-meeting-33rd-regular-session-human-rights-council-/5131061116001

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