Amnesty International has started a drive to send Nowruz greeting cards to the imprisoned seven Baha’i leaders and six other prisoners of conscience in Iran. Nawruz, which means “new day,” is both a Persian and Baha’i holiday marking the new year on March 20.
The cards should be sent with a simple greeting, such as “Nowruz mobarak” or نوروز مبارک. Amnesty International suggests writing in English or Persian, “Thinking of you at Nowruz time,” or “Hoping you are well,” along with pictures of landscapes or flowers.
However, the cards should not mention Amnesty International, details of the prisoner’s case, human rights, U.S.-Iran relations or anything that might be construed as political. It is better to choose cards that do not portray people or anything that looks like an alcoholic drink.
The Baha’is are one of seven cases Amnesty International has chosen for the initiative. The number of cases is in keeping with the Nowruz tradition of “haft-sin,” which translates to the seven S’s. Persians commonly put out a haft-sin table, covered with seven spring items that begin with the Persian letter “S.”
After a similar initiative last year, four of the seven cases that were the focus of the greeting-card campaign were resolved, Amnesty International reports.
You can send Nowruz greetings to the seven Baha’is here:
Baha’i International Community
15 route des Morillons
1218 Grand Saconnex Switzerland