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Send Nowruz greetings to prisoners of conscience in Iran

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.

The seven Baha’is arrested in 2008 are, seated from left, Behrouz Tavakkoli and Saeid Rezaie, and, standing, Fariba Kamalabadi, Vahid Tizfahm, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, and Mahvash Sabet. All are from Tehran. The photograph was taken several months before their arrest.

 

You can send Nowruz greetings to the seven Baha’is here:
Baha’i International Community

15 route des Morillons

1218 Grand Saconnex Switzerland

Read more on the seven Baha’i leaders here.

Read about how to send Nowruz greetings to other prisoners of conscience here. (PDF)

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