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urgent attention needed for baha'i 7

The death-penalty trial of seven Baha'i leaders imprisoned in Iran for their religious beliefs, that was set for October 18th has been canceled again. When attorneys and families arrived at the court offices in Tehran they were told it would not take place. No new trial date was given.They have been held at Tehran’s Evin prison for the last 17 months.

The seven, whose only 'crime' is their religious belief, are once again in legal limbo, held with no idea of the legal process ahead of them.

We ask for your assistance in contacting Departments and Agencies around the world to pressure the Iranian Government for the immediate release of the Baha'i 7, and immediate compliance of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The seven Baha'i prisoners are Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani, Mr. Afif Naeimi, Mr. Saeid Rezaie, Mrs. Mahvash Sabet, Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Mr. Vahid Tizfahm. All but one of the group were arrested on 14 May 2008 at their homes in Tehran. Mrs. Sabet was arrested on 5 March 2008 while in Mashhad.

Official Iranian news accounts have said the seven are to be accused of "espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic republic."

If convicted, they could face execution which is usally carried out minutes after a conviction.The Baha'i International Community categorically rejects all charges against the seven, stating that they are held solely because of religious persecution. The US State Department, the UK Foreign Office Minister, the United Nations, Amnesty International and many others have roundly condemned the imprisonment and trial of the Baha'is.

biographies of the imprisoned baha'i 7

Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi

Fariba Kamalabadi, 45 years old, received her postgraduate degree in education, specializing in Developmental Psychology.  She is married with three children -  two daughters (one a 13-year-old high school student, and one, married, 20 years old) and one son who was recently married and lives in China.


Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani

Jamaloddin Khanjani, a 76-year-old businessman, was the sales manager for Zamzam Company (a soft drink production company) and more recently he managed a brick factory. He is married with three children.


Mr. Afif Naeimi

Afif Naemi, a 47-year-old industrialist, was expelled from medical school because of his membership in the Bahá’í Faith. He is married with two sons.


Mr. Saeid Rezaie

Saeid Rezaie, 50 years old, is a Farming Equipment Engineer.  He had a successful business maintaining farming equipment in Shiraz and later he moved to Tehran. In addition to his regular profession, he is a scholar and author. He is married and has three children.  Two of his daughters were among 54 Baha’i youth who were arrested in Shiraz in May 2006, while they were engaged in a humanitarian project aimed at helping underprivileged young people. Later they were released and tried. Read More >>

Mrs. Mahvash Sabet

Mahvash Sabet, is a 56-year-old former teacher with a degree in educational planning. While she was working as a teacher she attended a training course for special education Corps, which sent recent graduates to remote areas in Iran to teach in schools. She was expelled from both her job and the training, because of being a Bahá’í.  She is married and has two children. Read More >>

Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli

Behrouz Tavakkoli, a 57-year- old lecturer,  received a bachelor’s degree in social work and worked as a civil servant until he was expelled because of his belief in the Bahá’í Faith. He is married with two children.


Mr. Vahid Tizfahm

Vahid Tizfahm is a 37-year-old optometrist and owner of an optical shop. He received his degree in sociology and later trained as an optometrist. He was born in Tabriz (northwest of Iran) and lived there until mid-2007 when he moved to Tehran with his wife and 8-year-old son.