On May 14, the five men and two women that once comprised the unofficial Iranian Bahá’í leadership group known as the Yárán mark the completion of seven long years of imprisonment―difficult years that represent less than half of the manifestly unjust 20-year sentences they received in court proceedings that were not a trial but a travesty. Their continuing incarceration is but one facet of a ceaseless campaign of harassment, deprivations, and violent attacks the Bahá’ís of Iran have been forced to endure for well over three decades, a campaign of hate and repression unashamedly sponsored by the Iranian regime.
Arlington Bahá’ís are joining people around the world in a global campaign from 14 May through 21 May to mark the seventh anniversary of the arrest and imprisonment of the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders. Among them is Mahvash Sabet – a schoolteacher and mother of two – whose prison poetry we share:
Please remember Sabet and her companions, and join us in raising awareness of the persecution of the Bahá’ís of Iran.