خمس سنوات تكفى – 5 five years too many


تغطية لحملة ” خمس سنوات تكفى” فى العديد من دول العالم للتضامن مع البهائيين بايران

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16-1) five years too many (for bahai Yaran 2013)

five years too many
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خمس سنوات من الانتظار  – او خمس سنوات تكفى  حملة دولية للجامعة البهائية العالمية من 5 الى 15 مايو تضامنا مع البهائيين الايرانيين السبعة المسجونين بسبب العقيدة بدون محاكمة عادلة

مقال د باسمة موسى  بالحوار المتمدن 
http://www.bic.org/fiveyears/

The seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders, before their arrest.

For five years, seven Baha’i leaders have been wrongly imprisoned in Iran.

Their 20-year sentences are the longest given to any current prisoners of conscience in Iran. Their harshness reflects the Government’s resolve to oppress completely the Iranian Baha’i community, which faces a systematic, “cradle-to-grave” persecution that is among the most serious examples of state-sponsored religious persecution in the world today.

Baha’i communities around the world have launched a campaign calling for their immediate release – and the release of all innocent prisoners of conscience in Iranian prisons.

An unofficial blog for the ‘Five Years Too Many’ global campaign!

Please submit a photo of yourself and your hand with the phrase ‘Five Years Too Many’ clearly written. Feel free to get creative!

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FIVE YEARS TOO MANY CAMPAIGN IN KAMPALA 



AT METROPOLE HOTEL

Kampala, Uganda, 15 May 2013: A press conference that was organized today by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Uganda as part of the ongoing international campaign “Five Years Too Many” received the attention of the country’s leading media houses and drew a wide attendance of scores of concerned representatives of Uganda’s CBO’s and NGO’s, as well as academics and leaders of thought. 

At the start of the Conference, which was opened by a Bahá’í invocation for the unity, peace and welfare of humanity, two statements were read out to representatives of the media present. 

A Bahá’í statement which was read-out by Mrs. Nancy Oloro-Robarts, announced the start of the “Five Years Too Many” campaign, with the aim of bringing the world of humanity in touch with the plight of the imprisoned seven Bahá’í leaders in Iran, and generate a global pressure on the Islamic Regime of that country for their immediate release. Citing the injustices of the incarcerated seven leaders, whose portraits and profiles were on display in the conference hall alongside images of other manifestations of persecuting Iran’s Bahá’í Community, the largest of all Iran’s religious minorities, the statement gave reference to campaign’s website and blog on the Internet and urged the media to access it for updated information on ongoing global activities performed under its slogan “Five Years Too Many”. 

The second document that was read out by Mr. Joshua Kitakule, secretary General of the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU), was a join statement by IRCU and Uganda Bahá’í Office of External Affairs. Decrying the “injustices inflicted by the Iranian Regime to the Bahá’í Community”, and recognizing “the challenges that the Baha’is [of Iran] are faced with”, the statement extended “solidarity, prayers and love to them.” Giving a brief, yet informative, historical account of the plight of Iran’s Baha’is and their imprisoned leadership. The statement went on to voice the hopes and prayers of Uganda’s inter-faith leaders “that the Iranian Government will provide a conducive environment that provides for protection and promotion of fundamental and other rights and freedoms as enshrined in the UN Charter on Human Rights, as well as provide an environment for peaceful co-existence for people of different identities and faiths” in that country. The statement declared its signatories’ participation in this international campaign “to exercise … pressure on the regime of Iran in the hope that, eventually, it will come to its senses and redress the injustices it has so far inflicted to the country’s religious minorities”. The statement ended by an emotional appeal to “the United Nations and other international agencies” to follow suit. 

The reading of these two statements was followed by a comprehensive video and Power Point presentations that tracked the persecution of Iran’s Baha’is by the country’s successive governments as well as its leading clergy. Coinciding with the arrest, trial, and imprisonment of the Bahá’í leadership in Iran, the presentations identified and documented four new strategies that are now being used by Iran’s Islamic Regime as a prelude to inflicting wide-spread purges to the Bahá’í Community itself, these are:

1. Classification of the Bahá’í minority into categories of “us versus them,” 
2. Dehumanizing the Baha’is in the media and other venues
3. Organizing hate groups that readily attack the Bahá’í minority
4. Preparation for their extermination — a strategy that has already started with the identification, unlawful arrest, trial, and imprisonment of individual members of the Community.
Under the theme “we are not alone” the presentations made the audience aware of the activities that took place over the past few days as part of the “Five Years Too Many” campaign in various countries of the world: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, UK, and USA, to mention but a few. 

Following the presentations, comments drawn from the audience gave their grave concern at the situation of religious minorities of Iran, and the plight of its Baha’is, community and leadership alike. Suggestions for the way forward were made, including a proposal to take advantage of an imminent visit to Uganda by Mr. Ban-kye Moon, Secretary General of the UN, and made these concerns known to him with an appeal to sustain pressures on Iran’s Islamic Regime until it heeds them. 

The guest-speaker of the conference, which was hosted at Kampala’s Metropole Hotel, was the Rt. Hon. Kintu Musoke, former prime minister, and senior presidential advisor of the Government of Uganda. Hon. Musoke, himself a Bahá’í, related his memory of an official visit that he made to the Islamic Republic of Iran ca. 1995, among a delegation that he headed in his capacity as Prime Minister. According to Mr. Musoke, when his delegation arrived in Tehran, he made clear to his hosts that he intends to visit Iran’s Bahá’í holy places. “The request was noted by the officials who received us” he said, “But it was never answered. While we were taken to all religious places in Iran, Muslim, Christian, and other, our official tour did not include any of the Bahá’í holy places.” He closed his remarks with a sincere hope that this deplorable situation of the Iran’s Baha’is may come to an end through the worldwide cry that this campaign will arose, and then declared Uganda’s chapter of “Five Years Too Many” as inaugurated.

“Five Years Too Many” campaign gathers momentum

At a seminar in London on 9 May, Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, left, and Nazila Ghanea, a lecturer in international human rights law at the University of Oxford, were featured speakers.

http://news.bahai.org/story/956

A line in the sands of Rio

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Participants in Brazil’s Five Years Too Many campaign line up behind a mural on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on 5 May 2013.

On 5 May, Baha’is in Brazil laid out on the sands of the famous Copacabana beach a striking mural created by artist Siron Franco as part of the Five Years Too Many campaign.

http://www.bic.org/fiveyears/2013/05/08/a-line-in-the-sands-of-rio/

Australia’s Foreign Minister calls for immediate release of the seven Baha’i leaders

Senator The Hon Bob Carr (Labor NSW) Official Portrait 16 March 2012

http://www.bic.org/fiveyears/2013/05/06/australias-foreign-minister-calls-for-immediate-release-of-the-seven-bahai-leaders/

In Luxembourg, Baha’i show support for the seven

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In Luxembourg last Tuesday, some 80 people – including, Baha’is, Christians and Muslims – gathered to show their support for the seven unlawfully imprisoned Baha’i leaders in Iran and to ask for their immediate release.

The meeting was held 14 May at the Baha’i Centre in Luxembourg-City.

“The plight of the seven Baha’i leaders in Iran is emblematic for the Human Rights situation in Iran,” said Jutta Bayani, spokesperson for the Baha’is of Luxembourg. “We are gathered here to demand the immediate release of these innocent friends but also to show our ongoing support for all the victims of human rights abuses in Iran.”

The event also featured readings and video presentation as well as chanting by children. Children and youth also brought roses bearing the names of the seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders and displayed them in a vase under the portrait of the seven.

http://www.bic.org/fiveyears/2013/05/22/in-luxembourg-bahai-show-support-for-the-seven/

اسلوونی، اعلام حمایت کارشناس امور دینی از آزادی بهائیان ایران

 به مناسبت کمپین «پنج سال بیدادگری»، اعضای جامعه بهایی اسلوونی در میدان پریسرن (Prešeren Square ) در لیوبلیانا گرد هم آمدند

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Posted: 24 May 2013 02:56 PM PDT
As part of the Five Years Too Many campaign, the Baha’i community of Ghana sponsored a symposium titled “Travesty of Justice – Incarceration of Baha’is of Iran.”
Held at the International Press Center in Accra on 15 May, the program featured a speech by Ken Attafuah, a professor at the Central University College. He spoke about basic principles and human rights – and also addressed the situation of the seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders.
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In Ghana, Professor Ken Attafuah, left, Dr. Akwasi Osei, center, and Dr. Leslie Casely-Hayford were among the speakers at an event titled “A Travesty of Justice –Incarceration of Baha’is of Iran.”
“Improving religious tolerance is a collective obligation and, indeed, doing so involves expanding the scale of respect for fundamental human rights,” said Prof. Attafuah, who is also the Director of the William Ofori Atta Institute of Integrity in Accra.
“Being able to allow or accept diversity in society as a cardinal obligation of everything you want,” he said. “These are the key concerns in order to avert the kind of situation we find proliferating in northern Nigeria and, of course, in Iran where seven members of the Baha’i community have been incarcerated for the past five years.”
He noted also that the issues surrounding religious discrimination are distinctive because “no-one is born a Catholic or a Baha’i or a Presbyterian.”
“It becomes unjustified to be asked to deny those articles of faith in order that you, for example, will be allowed to hold a certain job…,” he said.
Dr. Akwasi Osei, Ghana’s Chief Psychiatrist and a member of the Office of External Affairs of the Baha’i community of Ghana, chaired the program. Leslie Casely-Hayford, a senior consultant for the research and consulting firm Associates for Change, spoke about the current situation of the Baha’is in Iran, giving a historical perspective and discussing the international response to the issue of the unjust incarceration.
“What the Baha’is want, worldwide, is no special privilege,” said Dr. Casely-Hayford. “They seek only their rights under universal declaration on human rights – the right to life, the right to liberty, security, and the right to education, work and professing and practicing their religion. Under the terms of the universal declaration on human rights the Baha’i community asks today for nothing less than the immediate release of these seven Baha’i leaders along with the hundreds of other prisoners of conscience in Iran.”
An FM station in Accra, Radio XYZ, covered the event, as did Radio France International.

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Media Reaction

Selected media coverage from around the world in response to the Five Years Too Many campaign

http://www.bic.org/fiveyears/media-reaction/

Five Years Too Many, Prof.Dr. Nico Schrijver

Five Years Too Many campaign event in New Delhi

Les baha’is en Iran : une minorité en danger

Cinq années de trop – Paris

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