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“Enough! Release the Baha’i Seven” – Support the New Global Campaign

May 11, 2016, in Articles > News, by

It’s now been eight years that the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders (also known collectively as ‘the Yaran’) have been held in an Iranian prison and enough is enough!

In observance of the eighth anniversary of their arrest and incarceration, the Baha’i International Community is launching a global campaign calling for their immediate release and we urge you all to join!

Taking the theme “Enough! Release the Baha’i Seven,” the campaign will emphasize the fact that, under Iran’s own national penal code, the seven are now overdue for conditional release.

Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations explains:

“The theme – Enough! – states simply and clearly our urgent call for the release of these seven innocent prisoners. They should never have been arrested in the first place and their long incarceration – based exclusively on their religious beliefs – is unjustifiable legally, logically, and morally.

The campaign is to encourage individuals, governments and organizations from all sectors of society around the world to call on the government of Iran to follow the rules of its own national laws and to immediately release the seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders.

We hope that their story can serve as yet another reminder of the need to protect the fundamental freedoms guaranteed by documents, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which, among other things, uphold the right to freedom of religion or belief.

The government of Iran is one of the most egregious violators of this fundamental freedom in the world today. We hope that by calling attention to the long and unjust imprisonment of these seven innocent men and women, we highlight the oppression that many others are also going through in that country…”

The seven Baha’is – whose names are Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Mahvash Sabet, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm – were arrested in 2008.

Use the hashtag #‎ReleaseBahai7Now‬ for the campaign, and “Like” the campaign Facebook page here.

Find out more about the campaign and how you can support it here on the Baha’i International Community website.

To learn more about the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran and their current situation go here.

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Naysan Naraqi

Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.

Discussion 2 Comments

It is really unfortunate that in this millennium when civilized world has progressed on freedom of a human being there may be regimes that do not allow some people to follow in what they believe. We should all have access to knowledge which also includes cardinal principles on which different faiths are practiced. There is no justification for the Iranian regime to incarcerate someone for practicing any faith and restrict the preacher’s right to pass on his acquired knowledge to whosoever is willing to listen. 8 years of imprisonment is too long for a fault which the gentlemen have not committed.

Denis (May 5, 2016 at 1:04 PM)

Dearest Baha’i friends around the curl, they will not truly believe that our friends in Iran and elsewhere for so many years are in prison? do not underestimate the wisdom of God. God will which turns off the tap. He has yet assures us that he will destroy the oppressors forever. What is the worse punishment for a man that God leaves him, or that he is open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit partake? Remember once this great favor of the innocent prisoners. They bring the true throwback this unbelieving, nothing knowing packes. Not the prisoners are really regrettable though it is very sad. If the government would be aware of what you waiting, and what power God has given to the prisoners on these poor bastards, they would kill himself. The prisoners are for the whole world a terrible punishment, and God will not notice it. I want to destroy the oppressors forever praised God. Remember, this is the golden age of justice, how could God the prisoners – a hair’s breadth make something happen? Never, never. Do not you see how the world suffers? What do because you how much power God has given to suppress Iran through Him. What you seek for the living among the dead? Has Christ said. How terrible if one counts already in life to the dead. At home must begin what should glow in the homeland. If we want these oppressors bands are destroyed, then we must be willing to suffer. This is the true power of retrogression for these bands. Terrible is God in punishment and very mysterious. but pays attention to the past and look at Haifa, Batschi etc! Without the prisoners in Iran and elsewhere, we would never gekommenen.Sie so far today have all the power of progress and destruction, also. We should continue to support wholeheartedly and eighth. Suddenly everything comes in a hurry anderst. The sitting not 20 years. God will keep his word. What also want such weak non swiss souls do drive as satanic? That was in Bab so and will make all eternity STOP. Let never lead you from such spirits astray. Nobody wants what is, everyone wants to be something! (Spiritually) I wish you progress every day and may you hope our Prisoners honor and no longer looking for the dead with the living, otherwise since your always sad and it seduces the senses. Or perhaps you believe Baha’u’llah would have had no power by the meanness of humanity in Akko and many characterized underscore just how much throwback ???? Never make the mistake of underestimating God’s wisdom! Joy hard the righteous. But first comes the work and the ( Nassen: Artikel Iran Amerika Post:)

Margrit Hurni (May 5, 2016 at 12:30 PM)

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