Seven Years Behind Bars: Iran’s Imprisoned Baha’i Leaders


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May 14, 2015: 12:00pm; Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902

On May 14 the Baha’is of the United States will host a lunchtime event in honor of the Yaran, the seven leaders of the Iranian Baha’i community, who will mark the seventh anniversary of their imprisonment on that day. The so-called Baha’i Seven are serving 20-year sentences, the longest sentence of any prisoner of conscience in Iran.

Lunch will be served from 12 to 12:30pm, followed by the program from 12:30 to 1:30pm. The program will feature Brian Bachman, Director of the Office of International Religious Freedom at the State Department; Nina Shea, Director of the Hudson Institute Center for Religious Freedom; Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Bijan Masumian and Monir Khanjani, family members of the Yaran; and a poetry reading by Ruth Forman. It will be emceed by journalist and human rights advocate Rudi Bakhtiar.

The event is free and open to all those who wish to attend. It will not be live streamed.

Please see the flyer for event and RSVP details: May 14 Seven Years Behind Bars Event