Baha'i Leaders' Show Trial Scheduled on First Anniversary of Presidential Election

 Baha'i Leaders' Show Trial Scheduled on First Anniversary of Presidential Election
by bordbar

The next session of the trial of the former members of the Yaran, who attended to the spiritual and social needs of Baha'is of Iran, has been set June 12th .

The date coincides with the first anniversary of last year's contested presidential election in Iran, as well as a global day of action aimed at calling attention to human rights abuses in that country.

As part of the Global Day of Action (//, one group has led a creative campaign bringing attention to the size of the cells that the seven former members of the Yaran are held in. The picture is one of their efforts.  

The latest story announcing the upcoming trial date: //

This story contains moving details of the conditions of imprisonment: //


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by sag koochooloo on

Thank you for posting this, our thoughts are with their families.


Prayers for the Baha'i 7 & all suffering human rights violations

by unity4all on

Thank you for this post and bringing further attention to the human rights issue in Iran. Hearing of the inhumane conditions that so many innocent people are suffering through, being detained in Evin prison, saddens my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with all of these dear souls especially the former members of the Yaran on this day, prayers that they may gain continued strength and that these injustices will come to an end.

Anahid Hojjati

Dear Esther, thanks for your comment

by Anahid Hojjati on


Dear Esther, thanks for your comment addressed to me. It really does not matter. IRI is wrong to persecute anyone based on their religious views. Bahais have been in Iran for a long time but if even today, two young Iranian guys come up with a new religion in Iran, IRI would be wrong to persecute them either. I like where you wrote in your comment:"No one is safe and no one who remains silent is innocent. I hope and pray for an end to this intolerance, and this violence based on intolerance."



by Esther on

That is one of my favorite quotes :) (although I have seen different attributions for it). I have been thinking about it since one of the commentators elsewhere referred to women in Iran as "low-hanging fruit". I like your version, and the point is very well-taken since it doesn't really matter if it is women or Baha'is or other political dissidents. No one is safe and no one who remains silent is innocent. I hope and pray for an end to this intolerance, and this violence based on intolerance.



by Anvar on

You wrote “He-she (whatever) just wrote…”  I can understand your confusion.  Anytime this character gets totally humiliated, HE resurrects one of his Feminine personas and starts commenting as a SHE.  Just like a little boy that runs crying to his mommy!  I suppose either He or She would be applicable to the soulless IT!  Take your pick.

IT does not realize that people are not banning or rejecting his multiple IDs or personas, but the very essence of his person!  Even Satan has some people who either like him or accept him.  This character is always banned, shunned, or rejected, by absolutely every person or entity in the world.  

Instead of changing himself to become minimally tolerable, the genius just keeps changing his user IDs!

People may be having fun and laughing with his personas, but most are laughing at his person!  Isn’t it funny when he logs in with some user ID and refers to himself in the third person?  Of course, those of us in the know just toy with him and let him debase his soulless body further. 

So don’t concern yourself with his idiotic threats of violence or intimidation techniques.  Do you know what really bugs him?  He knows that he is so shallow, transparent, and predictable that even a light-weight Baha’i like me, and a young individual non-Baha’i like you, can totally wipe the floor with him and expose and humiliate him in front of everyone.  His ego is bruised because he knows that IT is too insignificant to even register on the radar of Baha’i Internet Agency! (Even if such a thing ever existed)

If low level “agents” like you and me can demolish him like this, can you imagine how his paranoid delusional mind must dread others?

Just ignore the user IDs he hide behind and laugh at his person.  Some clowns look scary but their purpose is to amuse us and make us laugh.   Wahid Azal is the biggest clown of all and the butt of every joke to those familiar with his background.


No wonder he wanted to have us preemptively banned!



by Gavazn on

He-she (whatever) just wrote a violent remark to me in another blog, and then flagged my retort. This is what he wrote:

Gavazn = Typical Baha'i Bacheh Nonor

by Xvarnah on

The Baha'i Internet Agency seems to like to hire the type of oghde'i bacheh-nonor who is always complaining and tattling about the other kids in school to the schoolmaster. Of course Gavazn is also the type of oghde'i bacheh nonor who always used to get their heads kicked in for good reason by the other kids after school.


Khodeti! – Same Person

by Anvar on

Well, I tried to be nice and gave you some leeway to save face, but you just couldn’t help it, could you?  I realize you have no shame to feel embarrassed, but must you insist on getting humiliated too?

There’s only one person in the world who would hijack a beautiful Zoroastrian name/concept (Xvarnah) and defile it by making comments like this:

Sag-Bahai is a very appropriate term of description for the abusive nitwits of the Baha'i Internet Agency…”  in this blog:

Of course, due to excessive profane language towards *JJ*, that comment may get deleted and this user ID of his, yet again, be disabled.  

Well *Xvarnah* (LIGHT-GLORY), did you really think that you are the only one who’s read Henry Corbin?  Did you think no one would realize how you constantly plagiarize him and represent his ideas as your own?  

You see, Wahid Azal.  Your ego may be so large that you think it requires dozens of user IDs on the web, including this site; but just like an incompetent criminal, you always leave many clues behind.  For example, your blindness to the true Glory and Light has given you such a complex that you must forcefully associate yourself with some variation of light.  Don’t you (LIGHT-GLORY)?  

I know Azalis practice Taqiyya (dissimulation), so I won’t ask you the obvious question.  But know that I know.  Khodeti!  One person with dozens of IDs.

Dogs have a keen sense of smell and I, as a Sag Baha’i, can smell the rotting souls of you know who.  (Here’s a clue for you: moojan!)  You could never Deal With That, could you?

Still Brighter than NUR and more Glorious than all Pillars!


Ban Me Too?

by Anvar on

*Xvarnah* - It is an honor for me to be associated with many names on your list of individuals who should be banned from this site; however, I’m absolutely befuddled by your rage and urge to put together such a list.

Who exactly stepped on your tail in the corner that you now feel the urge of coming out attacking and lashing out at everything and everyone?  Did I ever inadvertently pour salt on your wounds?  

My occasional comments on IC are mostly to confront hatred, ignorance, misinformation, outdated ideologies, and superstitious mentality; some of the reasons why Iran is in such a mess now.  Is there any particular reason why you would’ve taken my mostly generic comments personally?

Regardless of your peculiar and baseless accusations; if you’d kindly point out my specific alleged offensive comments that should’ve had me banned, and get my intended audience or subjects to agree with you, then I shall humbly apologize to them.

Until then, think before you write.  And while you’re thinking - think about those anti-Baha’is, much smarter and mightier than you (whoever you are), who’ve tried and failed miserably to put a dent in the Faith’s shining armor over the last century and a half.

And for future reference, in case you’ll be putting together a list of Baha’i names for the IRI, know that many names on your (should-be-banned) list are not Baha’is (just more decent human beings).  But I am a Baha’i.  Deal with it!



Prayers for the Yaran as well as for the people of Iran

by inquiringmind on

Thank you for drawing our attention to the upcoming trial date... I will be watching and praying that justice prevails on this day for the Yaran and for the people of Iran, who too are seeking for the government to live up to its human rights obligations...



by Shepesh on




by Xvarnah on

Anhaa'ee keh daa'em mazloom namaa'ee meekonand, az hameh zaalim tarand.




I am praying for all Minorities and political prisoners in Iran

by Gavazn on

Good luck to the Bahais and their unfair trial. Hopefully God will let us become a democratic nation for all Iranians.

Anahid Hojjati

Dear fooladi and Esther, let's hope this nightmare will end soon

by Anahid Hojjati on

Dear fooladi, you are correct about situation that IRI is in. Their incompetence has caused many problems.  Also they cannot say that Iran is in war with IRAQ like they used to say for years. As you noted, for the first few years, IRI enjoyed popular support and that is why they got away with executions.  This time it is not the case.

Dear Esther, yes, my comment is based on quote from BERTOLT BRECHT (If I am not mistaken).  Ordinarily, I note that my comment is based on a quote but this one is a very familiar quote to many. It is also very true about what happened in Iran during IRI. For that matter, look at people like Moussavi. He was a prime minister when mass executions in 1988 happened and now his followers are put in jail.  When "Ayatollah Beheshti" 's son was put in jail few months ago, it was ironic for me since Ayatollah Beheshti was no icon of democracy.  Beheshti (father) during televised debates in early 1980s, alluded to the fact that communist leaders should go to jail.  Yes, they did go to jail and some died but same mentality that Ayatollah Beheshti helped establish in IRI, which was not tolerating other people's ideas, resulted in imprisonment of his own son less than thirty years later.  Persecution of Bahais is also another exampl eof this utter lack of tolerance than IRI has exhibited from early 1980s.


Thank you

by Esther on

Bordbar, thank you for raising this issue and Anahid, thank you for your moving and challenging comment.  I have been thinking about the quotation on which I believe your comment is based, as well as the upcoming anniversary of the 2009 election protests.  I will post a poem soon.  I believe change will come to Iran someday, but I hope it is sooner rather than later!


anahid, Thanks for sharing your experience

by fooladi on

Dictatorships can survive under harshest conditions, so long as they enjoy popular support. 

IRI  had solid popular support for the first few years of it's existance. This suppurt has been dropping steadily. Now, what is happenning is that due to economic issues caused by a combination of sanctions and government incompetence, the backbone of the regime's support, the religious zealut, mostly living in villages are turning against the regime. This is a key turning point. The demonstrations last year were not accidental. They were caused by huge economic issues at home. Regime knows what a big trouble it is in, and this is precisely why it is acting so desparately. They are hoping to survive by intimidation and execution. but, "Zahi khiale bottel"

Anahid Hojjati

First they killed ministers from Shah's era

by Anahid Hojjati on

To every reader of this comment:

When IRI came to power:

First they killed some people including minsters during Shah, so I though every revolution kills the leader s before.  I was too young and too unaware to even be bothered by the fact that why would someone like Farokh roo Parsa had to be executed.

Then they killed kurds and Mojahedin so I though that they were involved in military activity against government.

Then came to putting in prison and killing of leaders of communist groups that had not done any violent activity against IRI such as Tudeh. This time I said at least they are not killing the low level members.

Then came to mass executions in 1988. By then, I had left Iran because of all the "ekhtenagh and erteja" and I was so traumatized by what had happened in Iran in early 1980s that I was not into reading news about Iran.  There were also not that much publicity about mass killings of 1988 and execution of Bahais. So again, I did nothing.

Then came killings after election in 2009.  This time, I was not quiet. What about you?


End the apartheid regime in Iran

by Bavafa on

My heart goes to all the victimes of the apartheid regime in Iran.  With the hopes that one day and hopefully reall soon, all prisoners of religon and conscience will be freed in Iran and every where else.



Sharing the knowledge

by daryoush38 on

Our prayers go out to the Baha'i Yaran and all of our brothers and sisters who have been wrongfully imprisoned by the regime. The pictures of so many people around the world showing the size of the Evin cells is so inspiring, makes me feel more and more that justice will prevail once enough people know the horrors that are currently gripping Iran. Thank you for sharing and for the 12june link my friend.


News to the world

by DASLOT on

Wonderful post.
Its so great to se that through their struggle in Iran, that these leaders create such unity of thought throughout the world. Adventuring across the internet you see that everywhere people's  hearts go out to the Baha'i's in Iran and especially the Yaran.

If any of you readers haven't checked out some other collections of news on this subject please check out places like:




Beyond daily life

by fakemannered on

I'm glad somebody voiced this issue. Thank you.


My heart and thoughts are

by fooladi on

My heart and thoughts are with my Bahai countrymen and women who are suffering at the hands of this velayate vaghih islamic dictatorship for no reason other than their religious beliefs.


Test of Iranian government's legitimacy in human rights

by Bobby44 on

The treatment of the Baha'is really is the litmus test of the Iranian government's legitimacy and truthfulness in human rights. What a sad reality for Iran's people right now.


Test of Iranian government's legitimacy in human rights

by Bobby44 on

The treatment of the Baha'is really is the litmus test of the Iranian government's legitimacy and truthfulness in human rights. What a sad
reality for Iran's people right now.


The sacrifice and

by AmR on

The sacrifice and forbearance of these precious souls throughout their ordeal has been inspirational to behold and should serve as a reminder of the power of the quality of faith.  Let the whole world note the abyss that prejudice, hatred and fear can lead us to and may this example of needless persecution galvanize us all to strive to eliminate the injustices that plague humanity.  Thank you for drawing attention to this.


Thank you for bringing

by miquela on

Thank you for bringing attention this important human rights issue. Throughout history, huge violations of human rights have been able to occur because the world turned a bling eye, from the holocaust, to the genocide in Rwanda. Staying focused on the issue is the way in which an even worse violation can be prevented. The killings of Baha'is back the 80s were able to occur because the world was not aware. So let us prevent another genocide from occuring!


Hope to see an end to all

by Farha9 on

Hope to see an end to all these injustices!


Free the Baha'i 7

by UtterNothingness on

Thank you for the post. I hope that these innocent Baha'is are set free.