Bahá’í Rights Day is dedicated to raise awareness about human rights abuses perpetrated against the Bahá’í community. Decades have passed and the Bahá’ís in Iran and Egypt have not had a minute of rest from the ongoing persecution. Looting of Bahá’í homes, the arrest and incarceration of Bahá’ís, denial of civil rights, the desecration of Bahá’í cemeteries, the expulsion of Bahá’í students from university and the closure of Bahá’í businesses are only a few aspects of the crusade launched against the Bahá’ís.
The date is significant inasmuch as the the trial of seven Iranian Bahá’í leaders, arrested in the spring of 2008, is scheduled to be held at Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court on July 11, 2009.
Here’s how you can help
- Inform your friends, family and colleagues that on July 11 they should tweet, blog, Facebook in support of human rights for Bahá’ís
- Contact journalists to formally recognize this day and write about the Bahá’í persecution
- Contact bloggers and request that they write about Bahá’ís and their rights.
- Tweet about it consistently on July 11 and use the #BahaiRights hashtag in order for people to locate. The idea is to make #BahaiRights a top trend on July 11. Follow @BahaiRightsDay
- You do not have to be a Bahá’í to participate! Please make others aware of that. We’re uniting to help raise awareness for the plight of the Bahá’ís, no matter what our race or religion may be.
- Inform yourself on the persecution at Iran Press Watch or the Muslim Network for Bahá’í Rights
Make every effort to spread the word about the day! Thank you.
- July 11th is Baha’i Rights Day
- Trial for seven Baha’i leaders reportedly delayed GENEVA, 13 July (BWNS)