The prisoners, former members of an informal group known as ‘Friends’, used to attend to the spiritual and social needs of Baha'is of Iran. They have been in Evin prison since their arrests in 2008. Three court appearances so far have taken place this year.
Shawn Khorassani, a West Berkshire based Bahá'í, echoed Bani Dugal (principal representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations) when he said: “These innocent Bahá'ís have now been locked up for two full years under conditions which clearly violate international standards. The West Berkshire Bahá'ís back the Bahá'í International Community in calling on the Iranian authorities to release them now. The dictates of justice demand no less.
“If their freedom is not immediately granted, at the very least they should be released on bail. Steps should be taken to ensure that their trial is expedited and conducted fairly, in accordance with international standards.”
For more details about the Bahá'í Faith in West Berkshire, please call the West Berkshire’s Bahá'í Community on 07964 676461 or check out http://tvbahai.wordpress.com/
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West Berkshire Bahá'i Community and Thames Valley Bahá'i Community meet regularly to discuss Bahá'i teachings and beliefs. The Bahá'i faith is an independent world religion. Its principles include: equality of women and men and universal education.