Detained Baha'i leaders in grave danger


Screen shot 2010-11-07 at 1.16.50 PM (FIDH 18-Feb-2011) The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Iranian League for Human Rights (LDDHI) and the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC) wish to draw your attention to the grave plight of the leaders of the Bahá’í community in Iran and request urgent action to be taken on their behalf in view of their alarmingly deteriorating situation.To recall the facts, in August 2010, following proceedings that under no circumstances can be deemed a free and a fair trial, the seven Bahá’ leaders were transferred from Evin prison to Rajaieshahr Prison in Karaj, a facility with appalling conditions of detention. Subsequent transfers and worsening conditions of detention lead us to believe that the well-being and lives of the detained Baha’i leaders are at risk and their ongoing arbitrary detention places them in a clear and present danger that requires urgent reaction.

Following a recent transfer, the two women prisoners were physically threatened by fellow inmates and their lives are clearly in danger. The five men have also been placed under harsher conditions.

Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate reminds the international community that “none of the prisoners were granted a fair trial and their continuing arbitrary detention is of grave concern, I call once again for their immediate release and a cessation of all harassment against the Bahá’í community”.

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Iranian League for Human Rights (LDDHI) and the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC) call for the immediate release of the Baha’i leaders and call upon the international community to act with urgency for their release.

List of prisoners requiring your urgent intervention:

Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi
Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani
Mr. Afif Naeimi
Mr. Saeid Rezaie
Mrs. Mahvash Sabet
Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli
Mr. Vahid Tizfahm




7 Responses

  1. jose salas

    February 24, 2011 7:47 am

    If only the government of Iran will give these 7 Baha’is a fair trial, they will see that non of them had voilated law of Iran, they must seek the true meatning of thier faith… Baha’is around the world are thought to be faithful to the law of the land, Baha’is is the establisher of Unity of Humankind, and I think these principle had followed these seven Baha’i. And if only the people and the government of Iran, will look upon the eye of Justice they will see that these fellow Baha’i had done nothing bad from the autorithy, let me share to these words of Baha’u’llah: O Son of Spirit! The Best-beloved of all things in My sight is Justice. Turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eye and not through the eye of others and shalt known of thine own knowledge and not through the knowlegde of thy neighbour. Ponder this in thy heart how it behoveth thee to be. Verily Justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness, set it then before thine eyes. Baha’u’llah. I hope and i pray that the government Iran will look into the eye of Justice God bless Iran…

  2. Concorde

    February 26, 2011 7:42 pm

    @Jose, if they did give them a fair trial now, how could they explain in the face of humanity why they have suffered such injustice for no reason at all?

  3. Keyvan

    March 3, 2011 3:11 pm

    This is not just about the release of the innocent Baha’is from the claws of the oppressors but that the masses of humanity must rise in defense of “humanity” in each one of us until no more inhumanity is committed towards any one soul!

  4. Nonagon1947

    March 4, 2011 4:50 am

    @keyvan – amen, bro! and we shouldn’t relax for a moment until that becomes reality, instead of the un-reality we keep seeing manifestations of! That’s why we teach, after all …

  5. Concorde

    March 4, 2011 10:31 pm

    Well said Keyvan ; of such servants bent upon teh reconciliation and welbeing of all humanity, Abdu’l-Baha states:

    The gentle breezes wafted from the garden of their hearts shall perfume and revive the souls of men, and the revelations of their minds, even as showers, will reinvigorate the peoples and nations of the world.
    (Selections from Writings of Abdu’l-Baha # 204)


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