Baha'i leaders under pressure in the new prison.

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Both Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran (http://hrdai.blogspot.com/2010/08/4-6.html) and Iran Press News (http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/081070.htm) are reporting on the arrival of the former Yaran at their new Raja’i Prison facility in the Gohardasht district [see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gohardasht] of Karaj.

According to these reports, on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, four (4) of the Yaran were transferred to room 17 in Section 6 of this notorious prison. One of the four has been identified as Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli.

Based on these reports, in order to humiliate the Baha’is and put them under further psychological pressure, the Mafia-like gangs incarcerated in the same facility have began to refer to the Yaran as “infidels”. They have also tried to pressure other prisoners to insult and belittle the newly-arrived Baha’is, but it appears that most other prisoners have so far refused to comply with this suggestion. In fact, it is reported that most other prisoners are showing considerable respect to the Baha’is and try to be hospitable.

Section 6 is infamous in human rights circles, and the fact that some of the Yaran have been transferred there is deeply worrying. Often this section is a scene of bloody fighting among prisoners, and it is considered extremely dangerous. It is where certain political prisoners are sent to vanish. In the most recent clash among the prisoners in this section, 40 prisoners were injured, 10 of them so badly that they had to be transferred to outside hospitals for treatment.

Since the sentencing of the 20 years of imprisonment for these 7 Baha’is, the Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran, many Governments of the world, United Nations, European Community, many international humanitarian organizations, religious leaders, well-known individuals and people around the world have strongly denounced the manifestly inhumane treatment of the seven Baha’i prisoners, the unjust sentence against them and condemned their banishment to Raja’i prison in Gohardasht (see Iran Press Watch for complete listings of the said announcements).

Editor,
Iran Press Watch.

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7 Responses

  1. Dalton

    September 12, 2010 8:41 am

    The blessings of the All-Mighty Allah surround the Yaran with a mercy and tenderness inscrutable to all except those who have sacrificed their all in the pathway of God.

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  2. Terry

    September 12, 2010 2:39 pm

    O children of men! If ye believe in the one True God, follow Me, this Most Great Remembrance of God sent forth by your Lord, that He may graciously forgive you your sins. Verily He is forgiving and compassionate toward the concourse of the faithful. We, of a truth, choose the Messengers through the potency of Our Word, and We exalt Their offspring, some over others, through the Great Remembrance of God as decreed in the Book and concealed therein…

    (The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 44)

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  3. Ali

    September 12, 2010 4:20 pm

    There is no doubt that history is repeating itself in Iran. Aya Khamenei and Aya Rafsanjanis’ actions towards not only you Baha’is but towards all the peoples of Iran and middle east in general is the repeat of what Qajars did. Aya K is Nasirdin shah and Aya R is Amir Kabir. Then and now they thought they can decapitate your religion by imprisoning, killing, torturing, harassing your coreligionists in Iran and destroying their homes, businesses, cemeteries and belonging. In essence they’ve never read not only the history of Iran but not even their own reports that states you can’t find ideology with lies and guns. Yet the celebrate with fanfare the Opening of Cyrus Human Rights exhibition. What human rights these Ayas talk about God only knows. Iran’s Aya constitution needs an upgrade to Cyrus the Great’s. But alas Cyrus Cylinder is for show off to the outside world to cover the ugly image of their rape, pillage, murder, persecution & mass execution
    inside.

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  4. maggie

    September 13, 2010 1:34 pm

    The friends of God must be adorned with the ornament of justice, equity, kindness and love. As they do not allow themselves to be the object of cruelty and transgression, in like manner they should not allow such tyranny to visit the handmaidens of God.1 He, verily, speaketh the truth and commandeth that which benefitteth His servants and handmaidens. He is the Protector of all in this world and the next.2

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  5. BH

    September 13, 2010 2:42 pm

    O God, my God! Thou art my Hope and my Beloved, my highest Aim and Desire! With great humbleness and entire devotion I pray to Thee to make me a minaret of Thy love in Thy land, a lamp of Thy knowledge among Thy creatures, and a banner of divine bounty in Thy dominion.

    Number me with such of Thy servants as have detached themselves from everything but Thee, have sanctified themselves from the transitory things of this world, and have freed themselves from the promptings of the voicers of idle fancies.

    Let my heart be dilated with joy through the spirit of confirmation from Thy kingdom, and brighten my eyes by beholding the hosts of divine assistance descending successively upon me from the kingdom of Thine omnipotent glory.

    Thou art, in truth, the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the All-Powerful.

    ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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