13-Mar-2011 (4 comments)


Sorrow as jailed Baha'i leader is unable to attend wife's funeral Source: Baha'i World News Service

GENEVA, 11 March 2011 (BWNS) -- The Baha'i International Community has described as "desperately cruel" the fact that one of Iran's seven Baha'i leaders has been unable to attend the funeral of his own wife. 81 year old Mrs. Ashraf Khanjani - who was married to Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani for more than 50 years - died yesterday morning at the family home in Tehran. She had been unwell for many months.

Mrs. Ashraf Khanjani, pictured with her husband, Jamaloddin Khanjani. Mrs. Khanjani died on Thursday 10 March at the age of 81. The couple were married for more than 50 years.

Mr. Khanjani, 77, is serving a ten-year jail term at Iran's notorious Gohardasht prison, along with six other Baha'is who were all members of a national-level ad hoc group that attended to the needs of Iran's Baha'i community.

"This is a desperately cruel turn of events," said Diane Ala'i, representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations in Geneva.

"For an innocent man to be denied the opportunity to be with his devoted wife as she passed away, and then to be unable to attend her funeral - this shows the depth of inhumanity to which the Iranian authorities have sunk," said Ms. Ala'i.

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by Ruhi on

There is no bound to my sorrow to see that an almost 80 year old man who lived 50 years with his wife, is not able to attend her funeral.

Is ther any place on this planet that human beings are treated worse?



 ... در حزن این


 ... در حزن این دو یار که در فراق از یکدیگر متحمّل فراقی دیگر شدند و وعدۀ دیدار را به کوی یار گذاشتند، سهیم و شریک شویم. روح او شاد و شهامت این یک پایدار


If it's true, terribly sad

by Rea on

Wish it wasn't true.

Bahram G

Yazid ke ...

by Bahram G on

Yazid ke baa maadarash zena konad, baa digaraan cheha kenad? A horrible refrain that I heard many Shia' Iranian recite. The akhoonds presently ruling Iran and ruining it are Yazids of our time. These creatures beat, imprison, torture, rape, and kill their own co-religionists. So, what can one expect from these SHAMES OF ISLAM? It is sad that human beings are capable of being the most noble of God's creation as well as the most debased. These akhoonds and their blind-in-heart followers and henchmen are indeed of the latter type. So nothing horrific is out of bound for them.

Bahram G