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Petitioning President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani and 1 other

Release all Baha'i Prisoners in Iran

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Right now there are 100 prisoners in Iran.

They call themselves Baha'is, and they have been arrested only because of their beliefs.

In Iran's prisons, Baha'is are interrogated daily and often physically tortured in a bid for them to convert their religion.

If a prisoner signs a document, stating that they have converted to Islam, then they will be granted their freedom.

Baha'is are being targeted and persecuted through arrests and imprisonment, banishment from attending University, expulsion from schools, desecration of their graves and denial of employment.

Since the beginning of The Baha'i Faith in 1844, followers of the now 300,000 large community in Iran have undergone persecution, torture and execution.. They are the largest religious minority in Iran.
Their only crime is having a belief.

Persecutions have increased in recent years, as the 7 Baha'i leaders of Iran (known as the "Yaran"), were arrested in 2008 and each given a 20 year sentence for being Baha'is. It's now been 5 years and although there has been growing support from the United Nations and government leaders, they are still imprisoned.

I am creating this petition because I believe that free will is our first human right. We have the right to believe in anything we choose.

All the Baha'is in prisons today are innocent and must be released.

For the past 5 years, I have developed a short film called "Section 209". This story shows the reality of Baha'i prisoners in Iran, and the gruesome interrogation and torture they face.

I hope my film "Section 209" inspires you to support our campaign.

Please join me in asking the Islamic Republic of Iran to release all Baha'is imprisoned in Iran.

You can learn more about our film and campaign here:



This petition was delivered to:
  • President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
    Hassan Rouhani
  • Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations New York
    Mohammad Khazaee

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