By: Emad Talisman
For 30 years the Baha’i community of Iran has faced all forms of injustice with dignity and a posture of non-violence. Yet, in 2008 seven Baha’i leaders were sentenced to 20 years in Evin Prison and in 2011 the administrators for the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education were given 4-5 year sentences. These individuals were incarcerated solely due to their religious beliefs.
For the past 7 years, the international community has appealed the Iranian government to release its Baha’i prisoners. For 7 years, these appeals have fallen on deaf ears. Therefore, from May 14 – 20th, people from around the world will be commemorating Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders.
As a personal contribution, I have created this infographic that summarizes the injustice suffered by the Iranian Baha’i community. Please feel free to share on whatever social media platform you wish. Spread the word. Let’s ensure Iran knows that the world is still paying attention.
[thanks to PM and DJ and others for creative input and edits]