The following op-ed by Mona Rezvani appeared on Iranian.com on March 9, 2014.
While U.S.-Iran engagement on the nuclear issue captures headlines, it is important not to overlook Iran’s abysmal human rights record. If you asked me what it feels like to move to the United States and attend university while my family is in Iran – either imprisoned or barred from higher education and employment because of their beliefs – I would say that it feels like being in the “land of the free,” while knowing that they are trapped in the land of fear. This feeling was magnified with the recent killing of my uncle, Ataollah Rezvani.
My uncle lived in the city of Bandar Abbas in southern Iran, where he was well-known and respected for his work as a water purification engineer and his role in several community improvements projects, both in that city and in Tehran. He was also a member of the Baha’i Faith, Iran’s largest non-Muslim minority religion.