There is still no word of the whereabouts of Bahá’ís Behrouz Tavakkoli , Saeid Rezaie, Fariba Kamalabadi, Vahid Tizfahm, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, and Mahvash Sabet since their detention by the Iranian authorities. Six were taken from their homes in the early morning of 14 May 2008 and the seventh was taken in March. For over three weeks they have been denied contact with friends, families and legal counsel. Iran is a signatory to the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ and the Iranian authorities have an obligation under Article 9 to ensure that –
‘No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile’.
The Bahá’í Faith prohibits involvement in partisan politics and the sole reason for the detention is their religion, despite the duty of the Iranian authorities under Article 18 to make sure that-
‘Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance’.
Please take the time to show your concern at this manifest breach of human rights by signing this online petition to the United Nations.