William Hague condemns the sentencing of Iran’s Bahá’í Leaders
11/08/2010 by Pete Hulme
Baha’i News UK is carrying an item about today’s statement from the Foreign Secretary: see link for full story.
LONDON, 11 August – On hearing the report that the seven leaders of the Bahá’í community in Iran had each been sentenced to 20 years in prison, Foreign Secretary William Hague has issued a statement.
“I was appalled to hear of the 20 year prison sentence handed out to the seven spiritual leaders of the Bahá’í faith in Iran,” said Mr Hague. “This is a shocking example of the Iranian state’s continued discrimination against the Bahá’ís. It is completely unacceptable.
“The Iranian judiciary has repeatedly failed to allay international and domestic concerns that these seven men and women are guilty of anything other than practising their faith. It is clear that from arrest to sentencing, the Iranian authorities did not follow even their own due process, let alone the international standards to which Iran is committed. The accused were denied proper access to lawyers, and there is evidence that the trial was neither fair nor transparent.”
I believe that Iran cannot ignore the voice of the prominent personalities throughout the civilized world about this evident injustice. Now is no longer the Age of Immaturity. The whole human race can see clearly all things through the mass media, especially through the Internet.
Everything will change according to the Will of the One True God, the God of Muhammad, the God of Christ, the God of Baha’u’llah, the omnipotent God of all mankind.