The report said that members of Iran’s Baha’i, Jewish, Christian, Sunni and Sufi Muslim and Zoroastrian minorities ‘suffered varying degrees of officially sanctioned discrimination, including intimidation, harassment and imprisonment’.

The report highlights Saudi Arabia as the region’s most flagrant violator of religious rights. ‘Freedom of religion does not exist in Saudi Arabia,’ the report said. The document said that the kingdom refused to acknowledge Shia Islam and that ‘Muslims not adhering to the officially sanctioned version faced harassment at the hands of the [religious police]’.