A concert and reception will be held on 5th December 2010 at Kings College, Cambridge to commemorate and raise awareness about the seven Bahá’í leaders who have been held in prison for 2 years now in Iran, solely for their religious beliefs. The seven incarcerated men and women – Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Mahvash Sabet, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm – were all members of a national-level group that, with the Iranian government’s knowledge, helped attend to the minimum spiritual needs of Iran’s 300,000-strong Bahá’í community. The defendants were accused of propaganda activities against the Islamic order and the establishment of an illegal administration, among other allegations. All the charges were completely and categorically denied. They were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, which has recently been reduced to 10 years.
The event has been specially created both to commemorate the seven incarcerated ‘Yaran” (meaning Friends), and to raise awareness of this abuse of human rights. The concert will be attended by Councillor Sheila Stuart, Mayor of Cambridge and Dr Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge. Our MC for the evening will be Mr Dan Wheatley from the Office of External Affairs of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai’s of the UK.
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