Amnesty International Urgent Action


Amnesty International has launched an urgent action update exclusively devoted to the latest news about the Baha’i leaders in Iran.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Persian, Arabic, English or your own language:

  • calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Fariba Kamalabadi Taefi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, Vahid Tizfahm and Mahvash Sabet, whom Amnesty International considers to be prisoners of conscience held because of their beliefs or peaceful activities on behalf of the Baha’i community;
  • expressing concern that the charges brought against the seven are politically motivated and calling on the authorities to drop them;

  • expressing concern at the possibility that the seven could face the death penalty;
  • calling on the authorities to ensure that the seven are protected from torture and other ill-treatment and that their conditions of detention meet international standards for the treatment of prisoners;
  • urging the authorities to ensure that they are given regular access to their relatives and lawyers of their choice and any medical treatment that they may require.

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh (Office of the Head of the Judiciary)
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri, Tehran 1316814737, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: [email protected] (In the subject line write: FAO Ayatollah Shahroudi)
Salutation: Your Excellency

Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei, The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street – End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: [email protected]
via website: (English) (Persian)
Salutation: Your Excellency

His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Presidency, Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: + 98 21 6 649 5880
Email: via website:

and to diplomatic representatives of Iran accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 24 March 2009.



24 Responses

  1. Inger G.

    February 14, 2009 7:33 pm

    I write from a tiny town in New Hampshire, but I know the entire world is watching your actions. Please release these 7 in the name of human rights.

  2. Nazenine Khabirpour

    February 15, 2009 9:59 am

    I am a Baha’i living in a tiny city Pigg’s Peak Swaziland.
    Please do whatever you can to release these seven innocent Baha’ies. The whole world is watching.

  3. Peter Burns

    February 15, 2009 12:06 pm

    The Baha`is should be released immediatly, as thier only crime is being people of Peace and loyalty to thier Country.

  4. Elaine K.

    February 15, 2009 2:46 pm

    Using the email address which was given on your website, I am unable
    to send an appeal. I have checked it over and made sure that it is correctly written.

  5. tom ferguson

    February 15, 2009 5:47 pm

    there is a notion of freedom of speech and freedom of religion that should be operant in this situation. I’m sure that if there is a deity he/she is not so insecure that they would suppress these freedoms.

  6. Faezeh Seddigh

    February 16, 2009 9:32 am

    ” My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereighnty ancient, imperishable and everlasting. ” Baha’u’llah

    Please release the Baha’is in Iran from prison. Their only crime has been beliving in such words, serving their countrymen and woemen..,

  7. Faezeh Seddigh

    February 16, 2009 9:42 am

    “My first council is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart.,,,” Baha’u’llah

    The only crime of the Baha’is imprisoned in Iran is their Fait, their belief in such words, their wish to serve their countymen/woemen…,
    Please release them from prison!

  8. Elahe Lalehzari

    February 18, 2009 4:05 pm

    As an Iranian Baha’i who has had a lifetime of harrassment for believing in the Baha’i Faith, and both my parents have been imprisoned and tortured for believing in this religion of Peace and tolerance, I, very much appreciate your efforts to bring about some justice and awareness to the Gov. of Iran and ultimately to release our innocent sisters and brothers from this prison of ignorance and prejudice. Not only the innocent Baha’is, but every prisoner who is now held for speaking his mind and for demanding justice. Your efforts are very much appreciated.


    February 18, 2009 5:13 pm

    Stop using this old and rotten trick.
    In the mid 19th. century,where,there was no body to care for Human Rightes,and at the time that the adhearants of the Bahai Faith were in Iran and Otoman countries only,two Muslim countries,tried everything possible to quint the flame of the FAITH in the hearts of the Bahais,they didn’t succeed.Read the history,and learn why they FAILED.Don’t repeat the same mistake.You have FAILED,too. It is time to stop this nonsense.

  10. Fariba Kardan

    February 18, 2009 10:34 pm

    when the world will open his eyes and see what Iranian Goverment is doing to Baha`I s in Iran, where is Human right ???????????????????/

  11. Mark Townsend

    February 18, 2009 11:11 pm

    “He who doeth good unto Me, it is as if he doeth good unto God, His angels and the entire company of His loved ones. He who doeth evil unto Me, it is as if he doeth evil unto God and His chosen ones.” ~The Báb

    “God will verily do unto them that which they themselves are doing, and will forget them even as they have ignored His Presence in His day. Such is His decree unto those that have denied Him, and such will it be unto them that have rejected His signs”. ~Bahá’u’lláh, Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 256

  12. Jaleh Arman

    February 19, 2009 2:57 am

    The Imprisoned Bahai’s in Iran should be released as they believe in loving all mankind and universal peace

  13. Crispin

    February 20, 2009 2:10 am

    Thanks for visiting this site, Nasi in Piggs Peak!
    Ngiyabonga kakhulu.

    I have forwarded many links in these urgent days to many friends. Tonight we held prayers in Waterloo for Divine assistance and the further awakening of awareness. It is remarkable how fast this news is spreading and how many people all over the world are watching Iran very closely these days. Thousands and thousands. Parliaments all over the world are talking about it.

    There are now so many supports from the Iranian academic community arising to say they will no longer silent by while these gross injustices continue. You showed me by your personal example that the Persian community is not really like these few oppressors but has a long history of civilisation and greatness. Thank you nina bekunene eSpiki.

    Sala Kahle

  14. Rostam Tashakor

    February 20, 2009 4:14 am

    Urging the Iranian authorities to immediately release the seven innocent Baha’is whom have unjustly been captured and put in prison.

  15. Dr.sirus Homayun

    February 20, 2009 5:30 am

    The world is watching for immediate release of innocent Baha’Is of Iran from
    their captivities With fals accusations brought against them.
    Their purpose has been serving the people and their country with absolute
    sincerity.History is showing cruelties inflicted upon these peple is contrary
    to any human rights and must stop immediately, and not to tarnish ,more
    the system of justice in the country.

  16. Mehran Akbari

    March 16, 2009 12:51 pm

    O OPPRESSORS ON EARTH! Withdraw your hands from tyranny, for I have pledged Myself not to forgive any man’s injustice. This is My covenant which I have irrevocably decreed in the preserved tablet and sealed with My seal. “Baha’u’llah”

  17. Mark Townsend

    March 16, 2009 2:13 pm

    Please be compassionate too, and give up this idea that Baha’u’llah’s teachings are harmful to the world.
    Please be merciful and release the imprisoned Baha’is, or give them a fair trial. Is that too much to ask?
    Mark Townsend
    Dunkirk, Indiana


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