Faith Leaders Solidarity against the wrongful imprisonment of Baha’i Leaders in Iran

Letter from the Baha’i Community of UK
National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of UK

Anil Bhanot OBE
Managing Trustee
Hindu Council of the UK

4 June 2013

Dear Mr Bhanot,

Further to the presentation of the open letter calling for the release of the seven Bahá’í leaders in Iran to Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt MP at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 14 May, it gives me great pleasure to advise you that the Foreign Secretary has now made a formal response.

Please find attached with this communication a copy of a letter from Mr Hague in which the Foreign Secretary reiterates his belief that there is no justification for the arrest and imprisonment of the seven Bahá’í leaders.

We note and appreciate that the Foreign Secretary commends the letter and the delegation as a “cross-faith initiative”. The solidarity and friendship between the diverse faith communities in the UK that the open letter reminds us again of the extraordinary potential of inter faith collaboration and action to contribute to the common good.

With deep appreciation and all good wishes

Yours sincerely

Kishan Manocha



1. Bhai Sahib, Dr Bhai Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia, Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha

2. Venerable Ajahn Amaro, Abbot, Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, Hertfordshire

3. His Grace Bishop Angaelos, The Coptic Orthodox Church Centre

4. Imam Sohail Ashfaque, Blackhall Mosque, Edinburgh

5. Mr Anil Bhanot OBE, Managing Trustee, Hindu Council UK

6. The Right Revd Albert Bogle, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

7. The Most Revd David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church

8. Mr Steve Clifford, General Director, Evangelical Alliance

9. Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti of Glasgow, Chair of the Catholic Committee for Inter-religious Dialogue

10. The Revd Bill Darlison, President, General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (Great Britain)

11. Acharya Modgala Duguid, Amida London Buddhist Centre

12. The Revd Jonathan Edwards, General Secretary, Baptist Union Great Britain

13. The Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, Lord Bishop of Chester

14. The Rt Revd Christopher Hill, The Lord Bishop of Guildford

15. The Revd Dr Michael Jagessar, Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church

16. Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Movement Rabbi for the Movement for Reform Judaism

17. Mr Gurmel Singh Kandola, Secretary-General, Sikh Council United Kingdom

18. The Rt Revd Dr Michael Langrish, Lord Bishop of Exeter

19. Rabbi Natan Levy, Environmental Liaison to the Chief Rabbi’s Office

20. Ms Leonie Lewis, London Jewish Forum

21. The Most Revd Bernard Longley, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham

22. Rabbi David Mason, Muswell Hill Synagogue

23. The Most Revd Donal McKeown, Titular Bishop of Killossy

24. Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra

25. The Most Revd Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales

26. National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom

27. Mrs Ravinder Kaur Nijjar, Co-Chair of Religions for Peace European Women of Faith Network

28. Mrs Jasbir Kaur Panesar, Chair, Sikhs in England

29. The Rt Revd Stephen Platten, Bishop of Wakefield

30. The Rt Revd Peter Price, The Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells

31. Dr Jasdev Singh Rai, Director, Sikh Human Rights Group

32. Maulana M Shahid Raza OBE, Chief Imam of Leicester Central Mosque, Chairman of Imams and Mosques Council

33. Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism

34. Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpochem, Abbot of Samye Ling Monastery

35. The Revd Roberta Rominger, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church

36. Lord Sacks, Chief Rabbi

37. Imam Mufti Dr Abduljalil Sajid, Chairman Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony UK

38. Rabbi Thomas Salamon, Westminster Synagogue

39. Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, Sri Lankan Sangha Sabha of Great Britain

40. Dr Natubhai Shah MBE, Founder Chair of the Jain Network

41. Mr Satish K Sharma, General Secretary (Acting), National Council of Hindu Temples

42. Lord Singh of Wimbledon CBE, Network of Sikh Organisations

43. Sister Isabel Smyth OBE, Scottish Catholic Bishops Associate Secretary for Interfaith Relations

44. Venerable K Sri Rewatha Thero, Chief Monk for Great Britain (Theravada-Sri Lanka)

45. Mr Swaminathan Vaidyanathan, Acting Secretary-General, Hindu Forum of Britain

46. The Revd Dr Mark Wakelin, President of the Conference of the Methodist Church in Britain

47. The Venerable Canon Guy Wilkinson CBE, London Church Leaders

48. The Rt Revd and Rt Honourable Dr Rowan Williams

49. Mr Vivian Wineman, President, Board of Deputies of British Jews

50. Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers, West London Synagogue


 Foreign Secretary’s Reply to the Baha’i Assembly of UK