ANGELS OF IRAN | A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS: ROXANA SABERI

The story of Roxana Saberi’s time in prison with Mahvash Sabet and Fariba Kamalabadi, two of The Yaran (“the Friends”), sentenced to 20 years in prison simply for helping administer the needs of the Baha’i community in Iran. Featuring journalist Roxana Saberi and Elise Auerbach, Iran Specialist for Amnesty International USA. Roxana, “I think the lessons that Mahvash and Fariba taught me in prison are universal. And they can apply to anybody, anywhere in the world. You don’t have to be in prison. We have our own prisons, are own adversities, and we can try to turn those adversities into opportunities.”
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Remembering Mahvash Sabet

Mahvash Sabet is a member of the Iranian Baha’i Community, imprisoned for her adherence to and participation in the Baha’i Faith. As a member of what has become known as the Yaran, 7 members of a Baha’i community body, she and many other Baha’is have spent years in Tehran’s Evin Prison because she refuses to recant her faith. In this video Bernadette Hall, a New Zealand poet and non-Baha’i, expresses her thoughts and feelings towards Mahvash and the poem she wrote while in prison.

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra calls for the release of imprisoned Bahá’í leaders in Iran

On Tuesday 27th of May 2014, UK faith community leaders came together in an unprecedented gathering at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the incarceration of the seven former Bahá’í leaders in Iran known as the Yárán. In a powerful statement of support delivered via video message, which was screened to guests gathered at the Jerusalem Chamber, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra added his voice to those calling for the release of the Yárán

FREE THE YARAN! ANGELS OF IRAN

FREE THE YARAN! The Imprisonment of Fariba Kamalabadi
Iraj Kamalabadi speaks about the travails of his sister, a prisoner of conscience now serving a ten year sentence. Mrs. Kamalabadi, a developmental psychologist and mother of three was arrested on trumped-up charges on 14 May 2008. She is living under the most dire of conditions in Gordarasht Prison, west of Tehran. Incarcerated with her are the six other members of the Yaran (meaning “friends”) an ad hoc group of leaders who oversaw the affairs of the Iranian Baha’i community. A massive international outcry for these and other innocents continues to this day.

Yaran, by Shadi Toloui-Wallace

Dedicated to the many thousands of friends who have suffered systematic persecution, hardship, and even death, at the hands of the current Iranian regime, simply due to the fact that they are Baha’i’s.

This song was inspired by the seven Baha’i leaders currently facing 20 years in prison without trial. They were charged with, among other things, espionage, propaganda against the Islamic republic, the establishment of an illegal administration – charges that were all rejected completely and categorically by the defendants.

Their crime, though, is nothing more than being members of the Baha’i Faith, a religion which has been the focus of a systematic, government-sponsored persecution in Iran since the 1979 revolution.

The charges against the seven reflects the kinds of false accusations and campaign of misinformation that Iran’s regime has used to vilify and defame Baha’is for decades.

Their names:
Mahvash Sabet
Fariba Kamalabadi
Jamaloddin Khanjani
Afif Naeimi
Saeid Rezaie
Behrouz Tavakkoli
Vahid Tizfahm

These five men and two women are all members of a national-level group known as the “Yaran-i-Iran” – or “Friends in Iran”.

Dear yaran…a tribute to the unjustly imprisoned Bahá’i friends in Iran

But, we are not left alone. We have the writings of the Baha’i revelation along with the stories of the lives and deaths of Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l Baha and the early brave heroes and brightly burning loving hearts of our new infant faith.

Abdu’l Baha is the fulfillment of the promise, “I am always with you. You hold me by my right hand.” (Psalm 73:23)

– See more at: http://toledofavs.com/2012/11/19/bahais-to-honor-abdul-bahan-exemplar-of-the-faith/#sthash.ZLh0Bao6.dpuf

Our awareness of the plight of the Yaran

Jody Cooper’s first single: a two-songed release written to help raise awareness of the plight of the Yaran – seven Baha’is in Iran who are currently serving twenty-year sentences simply because of their faith. It is also for all people who are being imprisoned for their beliefs.

released 19 May 2015

Written, recorded and produced by Jody Cooper.

The #7Bahais7Years global campaign.

POSTED ON MAY 23, 2015

“Unless one accepts dire vicissitudes, he will not attain. To me prison is freedom, troubles rest me, death is life, and to be despised is honour. Therefore, I was happy all that time in prison. When one is released from the prison of self, that is indeed release, for that is the greater prison. When this release takes place, then one cannot be outwardly imprisoned. When they put my feet in stocks, I would say to the guard, ‘You cannot imprison me, for here I have light and air and bread and water. There will come a time when my body will be in the ground, and I shall have neither light nor air nor food nor water, but even then I shall not be imprisoned.’ The afflictions which come to humanity sometimes tend to centre the consciousness upon the limitations, and this is a veritable prison. Release comes by making of the will a Door through which the confirmations of the Spirit come.”

(Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 120)