THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press Secretary
February 11, 2000
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
In all three cases it is clear that the individuals were arrested, charged and sentenced to death solely because of their religious beliefs. Executing people for the practice of their religious faith is contrary to the most fundamental human rights principles.
President Clinton continues to hold the Iranian government responsible for the safety of the Baha'i community of Iran and strongly urges that these executions not be carried out.
The United States will continue to monitor closely Iranian treatment of the Baha'i community, and particularly the treatment of those who remain imprisoned or under sentence of death for their religious beliefs.
We condemn Iranian government persecution of all minority faiths.
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