Send e-Letters to World Leaders highlighting the case of the 7 Baha'i Leaders
In early August 2010, after over two years of detention, Iran's 7 Baha'i leaders were sentenced to 20 years prison. Considering the advanced ages of several of these spiritual leaders, the IRI has effectively dealt life sentences. These two women and five men formed the national leadership of the Baha’i community in Iran, known as ‘yaran’ or ‘friends,' to tend to the spiritual needs of Iran's largest religious minority. The Baha'i community faces systematic oppression and discrimination by the IRI, including denial of education and government jobs, home raids, arbitrary detention, cemetery desecration, and much more.
Please read an update about the case here: http://news.bahai.org/story/807
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 27, 2010: The 20 year prison sentences have been "halved" to 10 year prison sentences. Read more about this here: http://united4iran.org/2010/09/iran-halves-jail-terms-for-seven-bahai-followers/
The letter is below. If you choose to add a personal message to the e-letter, please keep it polite, human-rights focused, and without rhetoric. To the right of the e- letter page are the various recipients of the e-mail you send -- this way you don't have to send a letter multiple times (one click will send your message to all of the listed embassies, consulates, interest sections, IRI authorities, and UN officials). The recipients include ambassadors from IRI embassies, Navanethem Pillay (the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights), Ban Ki-Moon (Secretary-General of the UN), Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (President of the IRI), Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani (Head of the Judiciary of the IRI), and Mohammad Javad Larijani (High Council for Human Rights for the IRI), and several more. Below the letter are personal fields to fill out. Enter as much information as you feel comfortable. A VALID e-mail address is required; however, if you don't feel comfortable sharing your e-mail, consider making an e-mail account just to use for actions like this.
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