mission statement

Protect the rights given all Citizens of the World through Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Specificaly, that Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice,and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.

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These Seven, known as the Yaran or "Friends" because of their work in and outside of the Baha'i community in Iran, need your help! October 18th they will be tried on unsubstantiated charges soley because of their faith. If found guilty they will face execution.

Please take some time and send a Dircect Mail letter to the people below. We offer a sample letter for you to use.

Remember the people you write may hold the Yaran's fates in their hands so use deplomacy and decorum in your writing. Thank You!

Conner


Direct Mail

send letters to:

His Excellency Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
The Presidency, Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran
ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN
Fax: +98-21-6649 5880 / +98 21 6648 0665

 

send copies to:

His Excellency Hadi Nejad Hosseinian 
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the
Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations 
622 Third Ave., New York, 
NY 10017, USA
Fax: 
+1-212- 867-7086
E-mail: 
irnun@undp.org

 

sample letter:

We write with grave concern over the arrest and detention of the seven Baha'i leaders since May 2008. We understand that Behrouz Tavakkoli, Saeid Rezaie, Fariba Kamalabadi, Vahid Tizfahm, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naemi, and Mahvash Sabet, have now been detained for more than one year without any charges or evidence against them, and they have been denied the right to access legal counsel.

We note that members of the Baha'i community in your country are deprived of equal treatment under various policies and laws, such as legal recognition of their religion under the constitution. We are also concerned that the Baha'is, in particular, suffer from systematic discrimination such as denial of the right to education, work and employment benefits.

Please be reminded that under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, your government has the obligation to respect and ensure right to freedom of religion, right to life and right to personal liberty, etc. of all individuals without distinction of race, religion, national origin or other status.

In the case of the seven Baha'i detainees, we observe multiple violations to basic rights solely on the basis of their religious beliefs. To promote true justice and human dignity, we sincerely urge your government to:

  • Release all the seven Baha'i leaders and other prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally;
  • Stop persecuting Baha'i and other religious minorities; and
  • Respect religious freedom and amend the Constitution in line with international human rights standards. 

Respectfully,

End of letter.