The May 14 Anniversary of the Yaran: Saeid Rezaie’s Plight as a Baha’i in Iran

The following op-ed by Azadeh Rohanian Perry appeared on on May 8, 2014

It was 4:00 a.m. in the summer of 2010 when I awoke to the voice of my brother-in-law,
Saeid Rezaie, phoning from Rajai Shahr prison in Gohardasht, Iran. He had just been transferred from the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, and it was a quick exchange. He told me how much he loved us and how he prayed for us. He said he wanted us to be strong and content. After hanging up, I couldn’t fall back asleep.

Saeid and six others were part of the “Yaran-i-Iran,” or friends of Iran, an ad hoc leadership
Saeid Rezaie is serving 20 years as a prisoner of conscience in Iran. group of the Baha’i community of Iran who were arrested and detained in 2008. May 14 will mark six years since Saeid and his colleagues were imprisoned for no other reason than their faith.

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