Omid Djalili Joins MPs in Urgent Appeal to Release Baha’i Leaders in Iran

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Actor and comedian, Omid Djalili, joined Members of Parliament Mark Durkan and Jim Shannon,

together with members of the House of Lords and House of Commons, faith leaders, members of

civil society, activists, and representatives of the Baha’i community on May 10 in an urgent

appeal for the immediate release of the seven leaders of the Baha’i Faith who are imprisoned in



(Padideh Sabeti, (left), Mark Durkam MP (centre) and Omid Djalili (left

Mark Durkan MP hosted the event as part of a global campaign marking the eighth anniversary of

the imprisonment of the Baha’i leadership in Iran. “The imprisonment of the Baha’i leaders in Iran

is a violation of fundamental human rights,” said Mr Durkan during the event at parliament on May

10. “It is simply unacceptable that these seven innocent leaders are in prison because of their

beliefs. On this, the eighth anniversary of their imprisonment, I’m calling for their immediate


Mr Djalili added: “This campaign is coming in the context of a new global consciousness of

human rights. These seven people are as important as anything else going on in the world today.

Enough is enough, release the Baha’i seven now.”

Padideh Sabeti, Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the UK Baha’i Community, shared that

under Iran’s own penal code, the seven are overdue for conditional release. “Under its own laws

Iran has an obligation to release the Baha’i seven,” Ms Sabeti said.


Photo display of the Baha’i seven (centre), the Baha’i leaders who were executed (left) and those that disappeared  right

Arrested in 2008, the seven Baha’is are amongst the longest serving prisoners of conscience in

the world today. Their imprisonment is reminiscent of the disappearance and execution of

previous Baha’i leadership councils in the 1980s, whose cases were highlighted in a photographic

display at the event.

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