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

 

[Adapted from website:] HRANA - Human Rights Activists News Agency

[Date:] 27 Ordibehesht 1392 [17 May 2013]

 

HRANA: The Second Anniversary of the Arrest of the Directors and Lecturers of the Baha’i University

HRANA News Agency – A group of political prisoners in Rajaei-Shahr Prison in Karaj wrote in a letter on the occasion of the second anniversary of the arrest of Baha’i university directors and lecturers: “They may be the only people in the world who have been imprisoned for helping to spread science and knowledge. By enduring imprisonment, these people emphasize that serving this land and frontier does not recognize old or young, rich or poor, Muslim or non-Muslim, and that no power can oppress a soul that is alive by the power of faith.”

You can read the full text of this letter provided to HRANA News Agency below:

Dear Compatriots.

These days coincide with the second anniversary of the arrest of the directors and lecturers of the Baha’i University, who are our fellow prisoners.

Last year, after security agents raided these individuals’ homes, they were arrested and then transferred to Evin Prison. After difficult interrogations and cross-examination, they were sentenced to five and four years, and altogether more than forty years in prison.

These people have no guilt other than teaching at the Baha’i university and training worthy people for this land. The officials thought that, by tricking the people into believing in religious prejudices and in violation of national laws and international conventions, they could destroy the foundation of the [Baha’i] university; but in practice, it showed that the acquisition of science and knowledge has continued and students have patiently persisted in their educational activities and demonstrated a constructive method in the fight against oppression.

Imprisoned Baha’i directors and lecturers who have read the glorious past of this knowledgeable country have, following in the footsteps of their ancestors, determined to build a prosperous society and educate a large number of educated and knowledgeable people who can enlighten themselves in the light of science and knowledge and promote peace, reconciliation and social justice.

They may be the only people in the world who have been imprisoned for helping to spread science and knowledge. By enduring imprisonment, these people emphasize that serving this land and frontier does not recognize old or young, rich or poor, Muslim or non-Muslim, and that no power can oppress a soul that is alive by the power of faith.

What has really happened to us? How is it that in a country that was once the cradle of science in the world, the people of science are now thrown into the corner of a prison?

Currently, nine of these loved ones, namely Kamran Mortezaie, Farhad Sedghi, Ramin Zibaie, Mahmoud Badavam, Kamran and Keyvan Rahimian, Shahin Negari, Fuad Moghadam and Riaz Sobhani are imprisoned in the Rajaei-Shahr Prison and two women, Noushin Khadem and Faran Hesami, are being held in the women’s ward of Evin Prison.

Now the time has come, following in the footsteps of our great men of pure nature, who have been the guardians of knowledge and have respected it, to ask for the release of these oppressed people and the end to their repression.

A group of political and ideological prisoners in Hall 12 of Gohardasht Prison in Karaj (Rajaei-Shahr)