Britain calls on Houthis to release detained Baha’is

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Britain on Thursday called on the Houthi group to release Baha’is detained by the group controlling the capital Sanaa and several Yemeni provinces.

This came in a tweet published by the British Ambassador to Yemen, Michael Aron, through his official account on Twitter.

“The Baha’is in Yemen have suffered because of their beliefs,” Aaron said.

He added: “In particular, we call on the Houthis to release detainees arbitrarily and allow all Baha’is to practice their religion and live freely in Yemen.”

According to Yemeni and international human rights reports that the Houthi group has been detaining for years, a number of members of the Baha’i community, including the leader in the sect Hamid bin Haidara, because of their belief rejected by the Houthis.

There was no immediate comment from the Houthis on those claims.

The exact number of Baha’is in Yemen is not known, but in February 2015 Human Rights Watch quoted representatives of the global Baha’i community as saying that about 1,000 Baha’is live in Yemen.

The Baha’i community originated in the nineteenth century, and its members follow the teachings of “Baha’u’llah”, born in Iran in 1817, and consider it one of the messengers of God.


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