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Commentary: Foreign corporations planning to do business in Iran have opportunity to highlight human rights

Author: Bayan Towfiq of Flowroute.com, Commentary on Institute for Human Rights and Business, Published on: 17 August 2015

"In Iran, Anti-Baha’i Actions Hurt People and Business", 11 Aug 2015

The airwaves are still buzzing with news of the historic nuclear deal between six major world powers and Iran. As foreign corporations begin to consider the opportunities to do business in Iran, it is important to address pressing moral and economic concerns regarding that country’s domestic situation. Amidst widespread and deepening human rights abuses in Iran, recent crackdowns on the Baha’i community are of particular significance, with consequences for both business and human rights. As Iran’s largest and most persecuted religious minority, the Baha’i community is officially barred from higher education and public sector employment.  Many professions are open only to officially recognised religions…, and private sector employers are pressured not to hire Baha’is…As foreign corporations begin making plans to do business in Iran, they can emphasize their values of nondiscrimination and equality…In this way, corporations can promote better business in Iran.

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