Iran Must Release Imprisoned Baha’i Leaders

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Thursday, Mar 12, 2015
By Senator Mark Mirk
20150311_Bahai_SFOPSToday marks the seventh anniversary of Baha’i leader Mahvash Sabet’s wrongful imprisonment in Iran solely because of her faith. Mahvash, a wife and mother of two, was the first of seven Baha’i leaders – known as the “Yaran-I-Iran” or Friends of Iran – to be arrested by the Iranian regime. The other six leaders were arrested on May 14, 2008, and in August 2010 all seven leaders were sentenced to 20-year prison terms on charges of “spying for Israel, insulting religious sanctities, propaganda against the regime and spreading corruption on earth.” They are serving the longest sentences given to any current prisoner of conscience in Iran.

Yesterday, I raised Mahvash’s case in a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. In the hearing on religious freedom abroad, I urged Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein to fight for the religious freedom of Baha’is in Iran, and I reaffirmed my commitment to advocating for the unconditional release of Mahvash and the other six imprisoned Baha’i leaders.

You can watch a video of my statement here.

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6 Responses

  1. Eric Fosbrooke

    March 13, 2015 9:45 am

    There are many Baha’is in the prisons and many have been killed. Many have lost their homes, jobs and pensions. The Baha’is have done this for the Love of Baha’u’llah and for truth and justice.

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  2. soosan

    March 13, 2015 9:55 pm

    This present government in USA doesn’t care about persecutions and plight of minorities in Iran. They care about legacies. Personal legacies and exploits to reach that historic place which is all the most important thing that matters to them.

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  3. Fashad Majidi Majidi

    March 16, 2015 10:05 am

    Thank you sir. You are a “good politician” Senator Mark Mirk. God bless you.
    To deffend the Human Rights, even if you don’t know those people, where ever they may be, honors everybody as a good person, and the world needs many people like you. It’s not easy to spect that the Iranian Regime may pay attention to these good procedures, but your call will make the people think about the importance of deffending the unjustly treated people and goups, further the economic or selfish interests. Once again: God bless you.

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    • Asrar Ahmed

      March 18, 2015 7:18 pm

      FeelinFeeling pitty on you cursed people.
      Its a final warning to all Bahia’s in Iran we will crush you to death and will throw you to hell
      Now just wait and watch
      The countdown has begun
      This is just a trailer of film
      The whole film is yet to come
      And in climax the blood and beheading will make our holy land Iran free of you all cheaps
      You all disbeleivers of Allah we will ruin your life
      Long Live Islam
      Long live Imam Ali
      Long Live Shi’ites
      LonLong Live Iran
      Death to all Bahia’s

      Reply
    • Asrar Ahmed

      March 18, 2015 7:19 pm

      Feeling pitty on you cursed people.
      Its a final warning to all Bahia’s in Iran we will crush you to death and will throw you to hell
      Now just wait and watch
      The countdown has begun
      This is just a trailer of film
      The whole film is yet to come
      And in climax the blood and beheading will make our holy land Iran free of you all cheaps
      You all disbeleivers of Allah we will ruin your life
      Long Live Islam
      Long live Imam Ali
      Long Live Shi’ites
      LonLong Live Iran
      Death to all Bahia’s

      Reply
  4. Asrar Ahmed

    March 18, 2015 7:22 pm

    Feeling pitty on you cursed people.
    Its a final warning to all Bahia’s in Iran we will crush you to death and will throw you to hell
    Now just wait and watch
    The countdown has begun
    This is just a trailer of film
    The whole film is yet to come
    And in climax the blood and beheading will make our holy land Iran free of you all cheaps
    You all disbeleivers of Allah we will ruin your life
    Long Live Islam
    Long live Imam Ali
    Long Live Shi’ites
    LonLong Live Iran
    Death to all Bahia’s

    Reply

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