The seven Baha’i leaders have long served both the Iranian society and the Baha’i community by tending to the spiritual and social needs of the 300,000 member community. These two women and five men formed the national leadership of the Baha’i community in Iran known as ‘yaran’ or ‘friends’.
They remain in Evin prison to this day without sentence, having spent significant periods of imprisonment in solitary confinement.
Over twenty months passed before their cases were taken to trial, and these cases have remained closed. Their third trial on April 13th, 2010, was supposed to be open to their families; however, in the end, their families were barred from the court, and after consulting with their lawyers, the seven Baha’i leaders decided not to participate in the show trial. They are now scheduled to make their fourth court appearance on Saturday, 12 June 2010, which also marks the one year since Iran’s disputed 2009 election, as well as coincides with the global day of action aimed at calling attention to prisoners of conscience and human rights abuses in Iran.
They face a long list of charges, including “espionage, initiation and expansion of illegal organizations, collecting and transmitting classified information to foreigners in the aim of disrupting national security, holding illegal meetings to plot the actions against the security of the state and spreading corruption on earth.” The penalty for allegedly “spreading corruption on earth” carries the risk of execution.
Find out more about the “Yaran” here: http://12june.org/?p=56
As part of the 12 June worldwide day of action meant to highlight Iran’s prisoners of conscience, a number of countries have “adopted” the seven Baha’i leaders and are advocating on their behalf.
Click on the links below to send a letter to your country’s leader urging them to put pressure on the Iranian government to bring about the release of these seven, as well as stop the deplorable human rights abuses and continued detention of prisoners of conscience.
You can show your support in various ways, in anywhere from 30 seconds (sending an e-Letter) to half an hour (recording a video).
Send an e-Letter
Living in Brazil – click here
Living in Canada – click here
Living in the UK – click here
Living in the USA – click here
Worldwide: Send a message to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon – click here
Tweet about the 7 Baha’i prisoners of conscience and make sure to “@ reply” various leaders, including those listed below. Consider tweeting the letter “@” them as well, or simply send them a tweet that states your concern. Please use the #12june hashtag so we can unite our efforts.
Record Videos urging your country’s leader to take action. Please share your video with us by sending a link to the uploaded video to [email protected]. See an example of a video highlighting the 7 Baha’i leaders’ prison conditions below.
Encourage your friends & family to get involved by sharing this page and ideas on Facebook, Twitter, personal blogs, and any other social medium.
As always, feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] with any ideas, or to share your footage of support!