[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Akhbar-e Rooz

[Date:] 15 Tir 1388 - 6 July 2009

 

Urgent Amnesty International Announcement

Seven Baha’i leaders Are at Risk of Execution

Seven members of the religious minority of Baha’ism will stand trial on 11 July [20 Tir 1388]; if convicted they may face the death penalty. In May, the families of the detainees were told that they were also accused of “spreading corruption on earth”, which could lead to the death penalty, and a new trial date has been set. They will appear at Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court on 11 July, and will likely face the charges of “spreading corruption on earth”, as well as “spying for Israel”, “insulting religious sanctities” and “propaganda against the regime”.

Their lawyers have not succeeded in visiting them since their arrest, although their families are allowed to visit them. These seven individuals are members of the group that handles the religious and administrative affairs of the Baha’i community of Iran. They are being held in Ward 209 of Evin Prison, which is under the control of the Ministry of Intelligence.

The six leaders of the group are Fariba Kamalabadi Taefi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naimi, Saied Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli and Vahid Tizfahm, who were arrested on 14 May 2008, following an attack on their homes by Ministry of Intelligence agents. The seventh member, who is the secretary of the group, Mahvash Sabet, was arrested on 5 March. Previously, Fariba Kamalabadi Taefi, Behrouz Tavakkoli and Jamaloddin Khanjani had been arrested for their activities for the Baha’i community. The Baha’i religion is not recognized in the Constitution of Iran.

Please write letters in Persian, Arabic, English or your own language immediately and:

  • Ask the Iranian authorities to release the seven members of the Baha’i minority (mentioning their names). Amnesty International considers them prisoners of conscience who are imprisoned for their beliefs or peaceful activities for the Baha’i community.
  • Ask the authorities to drop the charges against them. Amnesty International considers these charges to be politically motivated
  • Express concern that these seven may be sentenced to death if convicted on the aforementioned charges.
  • Ask the authorities to ensure the protection of these seven people from torture and other ill-treatment
  • Strictly ask the authorities to ensure that these seven people have access to their families and their chosen lawyers, as well as guarantee the medical care they need.

Please send your letters to the following authorities before 14 August 2009:

The Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

Office of the Leader

Jomhouri Eslami Avenue, Shahid Keshvardoust Street, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Email:  [email protected]

Through the website: (English) http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=letter

(Persian):  http://www.leader.ir/langs/fa/index.php?p=lette

 

Title: Dear Mr.

Head of the Judiciary

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi

Headquarters of the Judiciary

Pasteur St., Valiasr St., below Jomhouri Highway, Tehran, Postal Code 1316814737, Islamic Republic of Iran.

Email: [email protected] (In the subject write: Honourable Ayatollah Shahroudi)

 

Title: Dear Mr.

Copies for:

The Secretary of the High Council for Human Rights of Iran

Mohammad-Javad Larijani

Headquarters of the Judiciary

Pasteur St., Valiasr St., below Jomhouri Highway, Tehran, Postal Code 1316814737, Islamic Republic of Iran. Fax: +98 21 3390 4986 (please continue your efforts)

Email: [email protected] (under subject write: The Honourable Mr. Javad Larijani)

 

Title: Dear Mr. Larijani

Also send copies to Iran’s diplomatic representatives in your country.

If you want to send the letters after the above date, ask your Amnesty International office.

This is the fourth day of urgent recall 128/08, Profile Number is 13 2008/068/MDE dated 15 May 2008