U.S. panel demands release of Baha'is facing trial in Iran
10-Jul-2009 (2 comments)

Seven Baha'i prisoners face a death-penalty trial Saturday in Iran amid calls for their release from a U.S. panel on religious freedom. Responding to a letter from Roxana Saberi, the Iranian-American journalist who spent four months in an Iranian jail earlier this year, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) demanded the seven prisoners be freed rather than stand trial on charges of espionage and religious violations. If convicted, they could face execution. "In addition to the hundreds of Iranians who have been detained in the context of Iran's disputed presidential poll, many other 'security detainees' arrested long before the June election remain behind bars," Saberi said in her letter requesting U.S. government intervention in the Baha'i case. "These Iranians and the authorities who have detained them need to know that the Iranian people's human rights are a matter of international concern," she said.

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CNN Reports on Baha'i Trial

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Today, July 11th, is the expected trial of the 7 Baha'i leaders. Regardless of religious or philosophical beliefs, I ask that we all remember these 7 individuals and keep them in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you.


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Trial May Be Delayed

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Reports from Iran suggest the trial of the 7 Baha'i leaders may not have taken place today and that it is delayed. They have been in prison for over a year, with no formal charges and without access to their attorney, Shirin Ebadi.