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~Bahá'u'lláh

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Campaign for the release of the seven Baha’i Leaders in Iran#ReleaseBahai7Now

New Delhi: In observance of the 8th anniversary of the arrest and incarceration of the Seven Bahá’í leaders in Iran, the Baha'i community of India organized a special prayer service on Sunday, 15 May 2016, at the Baha'i House of Worship (Lotus Temple). More than 300 youth and adults converged to pray for the immediate release of the seven and to ease the persecution of the Bahá’í community in Iran.

Following the prayers 300 sky lanterns were released in the air as a symbolic act heralding freedom, justice and peaceful co-existence for all in a land which has historically prided itself in liberating people from the shackles of oppression and tyranny.

This event was part of the global campaign launched by the Baha'i International Community with the slogan, Enough!Release the Baha’i Seven,  calling for the immediate release of the seven and raising  awareness and public opinion on the plight of the Bahá’ís, which constitute the largest non-Muslim religious minority in Iran. This campaign is emphasizing the fact that, under Iran’s own national penal code, the seven are now overdue for conditional release. 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.

   

Iranian Baha’is are facing systematic, state-sponsored religious persecution in Iran for the past 37 years. Baha'is are denied to employment. The Bahai

youth in Iran are barred from higher education in Iranian universities. Even the dead are not spared and the Baha'i cemeteries are vandalized and desecrated. Baha'i do not enjoy civil rights. They are non- entity as far as the Iranian constitution is concerned. The state sponsored media is constantly misrepresenting the Baha'i Faith and inciting the masses to hatred.

The campaign encourages the 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 Bahá'í leaders.

The seven Bahá'ís – whose names are Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Mahvash Sabet, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm – were arrested in 2008.
Mrs Sabet was arrested in Mashhad on 5 March 2008, while the other six were taken from their homes in Tehran in early morning raids on 14 May 2008.

They were held for more than a year, put on trial, and ultimately convicted on wrongful charges of espionage and “propaganda against the regime,” among other things. They were initially sentenced to 20 years in prison. But in November, that term of imprisonment was reduced to 10 years, due to the much delayed application of a new national penal code adopted in 2013, which essentially states that sentences should be served concurrently instead of consecutively.

Under the terms of the new penal code, the seven are now eligible for conditional release. Indeed, as with the reduction in their sentence, this should have happened promptly after passage of the new code.

Since India is an upholder and defender of human rights and justice in the world, human rights activists and human rights organizations appealed to Prime Minster Narendra Modi to take up the matter of the seven Baha’i leaders and other prisoners of conscience in his meeting during his visit to Iran this month and urge the President and Leadership of Iran to honor the freedom of the Baha’is and release the seven Baha’is immediately.