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


The following op-ed by Azadeh Rohanian Perry appeared on Iranian.com on May 13, 2014

Nava Taeifi was born in November 2013, while her grandmother was serving time as a prisoner of conscience in Iran. As of May 14, it will have been six years that Nava’s grandmother, my sister, Fariba Kamalabadi, is in prison.

Fariba Kamalabadi is serving a 20-year sentence as a prisoner of conscience in Iran.Fariba, along with six other members of the Yaran-i-Iran, or Friends of Iran, was arrested in 2008 for serving on an ad-hoc committee that met the basic needs of the persecuted Baha’i community of Iran, where they are the largest religious minority. Baha’is are not granted their rights of citizenship in Iran, their marriages are unrecognized by the government, their cemeteries are desecrated, their education is barred at the college level, and their employment impeded. Under these circumstances, the Yaran were a source of support and assistance for the long-suffering Baha’i community.

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