Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for Seven Baha’i Leaders


May 14 – 21, 2015

May 14 will mark the seventh anniversary of the imprisonment of the Yaran-i-Iran, or “friends of Iran,” the former ad hoc leadership group of the Baha’i community of Iran. These seven individuals – Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Mahvash Sabet, Behrouz Tavakkoli and Vahid Tizfahm – have been imprisoned since 2008 solely because of their faith. The so-called “Baha’i Seven” are serving 20-year sentences, the longest sentences of any prisoners of conscience in Iran.

During the week of May 14 to 21, the Baha’is of the United States and Baha’i communities around the world will take part in a social media campaign entitled “Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for Seven Baha’i Leaders.” It will highlight the lives and the experiences of these leaders and will raise the call for their immediate release. Each day will highlight a different member of the Yaran:

    May 14: Mahvash Sabet
    May 15: Fariba Kamalabadi
    May 16: Jamaloddin Khanjani
    May 17: Afif Naeimi
    May 18: Saeid Rezaie
    May 19: Behrouz Tavakkoli
    May 20: Vahid Tizfahm

Follow the Office of Public Affairs of the Baha’is of the United States on Facebook and Twitter to learn more. Support and participate in the campaign by liking and sharing Facebook posts and favoriting and retweeting tweets.