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November 27, 2012

Sentences announced for 11 Bahai youth in Mashhad

HRANA, November 26

On October 28, eleven Bahais in Mashhad were tried on charges of propaganda against the regime in the form of teaching the Bahai Faith, and membership of the Bahai community. Most were youth, who had been holding a handcraft exhibition to raise funds for the disadvantaged. Their sentences have now been handed down: six months imprisonment each. Their names are given as :
Fattaneh Hajipour (arrested at a handcrafts exhibition on February 17, freed on bail on March 17 ( فتانه حاجی‌پور )
Navid Nabili (arrested in the handicrafts exhibition case, freed on on bail March 17) ( نوید نبیلی )
Mr. Azatollah Ahmadiyan ( عزت الله احمدیان )
Negin Ahmadiyan (arrested in the handicrafts exhibition case, freed on bail April 4) ( نگین احمدیان )
Shahzad Khalili (arrested at a handcrafts exhibition on February 17) ( شهزاد خلیلی )
Noghmeh Dhabiheyan-Esami (arrested at a handcrafts exhibition on February 17; held at Valikabad prison)( نغمه ذبیحیان )
Negar Mulkzadeh (arrested April 2, following a summons in the handicrafts exhibition case) ( نگار ملک زاده )
Behnaz Hodadzadeh (arrested at a handcrafts exhibition on February 17)( بهناز حداد‌زاده )
Houriyyeh Mohsani (arrested at home on March 7) (حوریه محسنی)
Arman Mukhtari (arrested at a handcrafts exhibition on February 17; held at Vakilabad prison) ( آرمان مختاری )
Shayan Tafazzoli (arrested at a handcrafts exhibition on February 17) ( شایان تفضلی )

Houriyyeh Mohsani, Negar Mulkzadeh and Negin Ahmadiyan were also fined 300,000 tumans (190 euros; 250 US dollars)for possessing satellite dishes.

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  1. What can we do to show support for them?

    Comment by Kathie Briegel — November 28, 2012 @ 05:01 | Reply

    • Hi Kathie,
      In the first place, we can share reports of injustices, so that the victim’s suffering and courage is acknowledged, so that their oppressors know that their deeds cannot be kept secret, and to create a foundation in world opinion that supports action by governments and the UN agencies against governments that oppress their own citizens. If you know a second language, you can translate the reports and spread them to another language-sphere.

      In the second place, we can support Amnesty International financially, as it is the most able NGO in the field, and has a spotless reputation. It is preferable that no Bahais should be involved in the policy-making at Amnesty, lest it be said that they chose Bahai cases to act on because Bahais are involved in the choosing. But individual (not institutional) financial support should not give rise to this problem. Supporting AI has the additional advantage that they stand up for the human rights of all people, regardless of race, religion or politics.

      In the third place, we can work in society to create a climate in which people will support their governments in initiating a workable world system of law and justice, which will protect the rights of individual citizens against the most blatant abuses by their own governments:

      The unity of the human race, as envisaged by Bahá’u’lláh, implies the establishment of a world commonwealth in which all nations, races, creeds and classes are closely and permanently united, and in which the autonomy of its state members and the personal freedom and initiative of the individuals that compose them are definitely and completely safeguarded.
      (Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Baha’u’llah, p. 203)

      The experience of the European Union shows that a supranational institution cannot be created far in advance of popular support for the concept: so long as there is little understanding and support at the grass-roots, populist politicians will use the “Blame Brussels” gambit to stir up anxiety and win votes from the least educated sectors of the population. Therefore, the local Bahai communities and the individual believers need to become centres spreading internationalist ideas, fighting prejudices, and raising the level of education and awareness of their own interests among those who are worst served by our educational and political systems.

      Close investigation will show that the primary cause of oppression and injustice, of unrighteousness, irregularity and disorder, is the people’s lack of religious faith and the fact that they are uneducated.
      (Abdu’l-Baha, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 18)

      Comment by Sen — November 28, 2012 @ 13:22 | Reply

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