The Iranian authorities reimposed 20-year jail terms on seven leaders of Baha’i faith in the country after an appeal court had cut their sentences to ten years. Amnesty International called the move “outrageous.”
"Yet again, the Iranian authorities are manipulating their own justice system to persecute members of a religious minority,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Instead of doubling their sentences, the authorities should be setting the Baha’i leaders free, right now, and guaranteeing their freedom to practice their religion free from threat or persecution," he added.
“Such arbitrary and vindictive acts are a salutary reminder of why the UN Human Rights Council voted recently to create a Special Rapporteur on Iran. The Council’s decision came not a moment too soon,” Amnesty spokesman said.