Baha’i International Community: International pressure “remains the main source of protection and comfort for these innocent prisoners”
Referring to Amnesty International’s Persian new year greeting cards campaign, the Baha’is World News Service writes:
The action call notes that “Nowruz,” which means “new day,” is an ancient Persian holiday celebrating the first day of spring and the coming of the new year.
“On this Nowruz we want to remember several courageous prisoners of conscience in Iran with Nowruz greetings,” said the organization.
Referring to the seven Baha’i leaders, Amnesty International wrote, “Although they have done nothing more than peacefully practice their religion, they were convicted on serious, but baseless, charges including ‘espionage for Israel,’ ‘insulting religious sanctities’ and ‘propaganda against the system.’”
The group also suggests sending cards to seven other Iranian prisoners of conscience, depicting scenes “in keeping with the spirit of the holiday and the message of hope and renewal.”
“The support of Amnesty International USA is greatly appreciated,” said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations.
“The awareness generated by Amnesty and other groups – along with expressions of concern by governments and international organizations – remains the main source of protection and comfort for these innocent prisoners and others who are deprived of their rights in Iran,” she said.