TAKE ACTION! Worldwide action to highlight the trial of 7 Baha’i leaders in Iran on 12 June

June 9, 2010

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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

TAKE ACTION!
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.

@presidente_lula
@pmharper
@davidcameron
@barackobama
@secgen

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 share@united4iran.org. 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 share@united4iran.org with any ideas, or to share your footage of support!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Mª Pilar June 9, 2010 at %I:%M %p

Libertad Para Los Siete Líderes Baha´is

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Afsaneh Ehsani June 11, 2010 at %I:%M %p

Please president stop this crazy government.

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Li Ching Chuang June 11, 2010 at %I:%M %p

Dear Sir:
Please help to speak for those Bahai’s in prison of Iran. They have done nothing wrong. They deserve to be released.
Thanks.

Li Ching

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sais akhavan June 11, 2010 at %I:%M %p

We expect the leaders of the world to give preference to Human Rights,and not ignoring it for the business and or politics.

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flora vore June 11, 2010 at %I:%M %p

Mr President,
Imagine if you and your family had to live in such a country?what would you expected the president in US do?please think and do what ever you think is write.
With highly respect.
Flora

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Bhador June 12, 2010 at %I:%M %p

Our prayers with those who sacrificed their lives for the betterment of all…
May God hear us!
In this corrupted world, where HUMAN LIVES no longer have a higher purpose or spiritual meaning other than an instrument in the hand of the elite group to reach more POWER & MONEY, my last believe, and my only hope is The Creator.

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Elahe Missaghi June 12, 2010 at %I:%M %p

Dear President Obama,
You were in our prayers during the presidential election because we needed a president who cares and feels the pain of the ordinary people. Please do what you can for the innocent prisoners in Iran. Today is yet another court hearing for the seven Baha’i men and women who are spending their days in the prison without any wrongdoing. The world is watching in despair and there are only few people whose voice matters and can make a change for better.
May God bless you, and you remain in our prayers for as long as there is peace and justice on your agenda.
Respectfully,
Elahe

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Joye Braun June 12, 2010 at %I:%M %p

Many years ago the Native American Baha’iis here in the US sent the Baha’i Friends in Iran an eagle feather, we had heard they had eagles there too .. we are tied together spiritually on many levels.. they are facing persecution for basic belief to freedom of worship. Being a baha’i is all about peace, about living in peace with the rest of humanity, to bring peace inner spiritually and outer through the world. How can saying we love all humankind cause so much pain?To be imprisoned like this goes against all the scriptures in all the world! Let them free, let their spirits fly free so that on the wings of eagles peace may fly to all humanity/

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