MP Bezan Advocates for Seven Bahá’í Leaders

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May 15, 2015 at 1:22pm


Ottawa, ON – Yesterday marked the beginning of the eighth year of incarceration for six of the seven members of the Bahá’í Faith leadership group in the Islamic Republic of Iran. On this occasion, James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake issued the following statement:

“Today, six of the seven members of the Bahá’í Faith leadership group will be entering their eighth year of incarceration in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani, Mr. Afif Naeimi, Mr. Saeid Rezaie, Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli and Mr. Vahid Tizfahm  who joined Mrs. Mahvash Sabet in prison in early May 2008. Their only “crime” in Iran is their membership in the Bahá’í Faith and their efforts to serve the spiritual and social needs of their fellow believers.

“This seven-member group, known as Yaran, which means friends, was formed to minister to the needs of their community at the national level. Yaran’s 20-year prison terms represent the longest imposed on any current prisoner of conscience in Iran and for some, given their advanced age, amounts to a life sentence.

“These seven Bahá’í leaders are yet another example of the travesty of justice in Iran, and their imprisonment is a glaring abuse of human rights. I call on President Rouhani and the Iranian regime to respect human rights and freedom of religion, exercise clemency, suspend their sentences, and immediately release the seven Bahá’í leaders.”

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