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May 12, 2017

Not Another Year - Calling for the Release of Seven Baha'i Leaders

YaranDuring the next week, the Baha'i community of Ottawa is holding a series of devotional gatherings across the city to pray for the seven Baha'i leaders who are starting their ninth year of arrest and imprisonment in Iran: Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr. Jamaloddin Khajani, Mr. Afif Naeimi, Mr. Saeid Rezaie, Mrs. Mahvash Sabet, Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli and Mr. Vahid Tizfahm.

These seven individuals were arrested in 2008 for the sole reason of being Baha'is. They were all productive, hard working members of Iranian society, who laboured for the well being of their country and fellow citizens. Without notice and due process, they were incarcerated.

Apart from the seven Baha'i leaders, a number of members of the Ottawa Baha'i community have family who are arrested and imprisoned in Iran for no other reason than their belief. This leaves many worried as to what the future will hold in that country.

Not Another Year
Ottawa Baha'is join people from around the world to call for the immediate release of the Baha'i leadership, whose sentences are among the longest of any prisoners of conscience in Iran - the twitter campaign #releaseBahai7now.

It is the fervent hope and prayer that Iran's persecution of the minority Baha'i community will be brought to an end. For more information please check

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