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I Can Hear Music and Heartbeats


Sabrina and FriendsSabrina and FriendsSabrina, how do you feel about tolerance? “There is very little tolerance in this world, especially religious tolerance.  My mother-in-law , Shahla Ghotbi-Nabilzadeh and I were so deeply upset upon hearing the story of the seven friends in Iran who are in Evin Prison.  This is such a travesty of justice as there is no reason for them to be in prison except for the Islamic regime's hateful desire to quiet their voices.”

Sydney Opera House, AustraliaSydney Opera House, AustraliaSabrina continued … “We decided to make a series of videos with Shahla’s beautiful poems and music, in order to create some awareness of this urgent matter, which touches the core of human rights in Iran (watch video below.) Despite their obvious innocence and the call by many for their immediate release, these seven friends are in prison only because of their religious beliefs and views of the world  which are more in line with mine and yours, than the majority of people in their own country. These beautiful people were taken by force to  Evin prison in Tehran and  after spending a year there, without any formal charges brought against them and no access to their lawyers, and every couple of months or so there are new and extremely grave accusations brought against them.According to the press and information received, the sequence of events surrounding their detention exposes a shameless injustice. Not withstanding their having been subjected to intensive interrogations, it took a full seven months before they were even given a single pretext for their detention."

Sabrina and daughter, MonaSabrina and daughter, MonaSabrina is a 30 year old mother to a beautiful daughter named Mona. She is from Mauritius and grew up on this beautiful tropical island, spent her youth years in Paris, France and now living in Australia. Sabrina tells us “My husband who is from Iranian background was born in India and I came to live in Australia to be with my husband and his family. Our daughter is also a world citizen, as we like to call ourselves. She is only 3 years old but can speak English, French, Farsi and Creole. I really do feel that I am a world citizen at heart, because I feel at home with anyone and almost anywhere on this planet."

Some children at the temple site for prayers in the Mauritius IslandSome children at the temple site for prayers in the Mauritius IslandSabrina, so many people talk about this great concept of  one race, one human family, one religion, one world, isn't it like utopia?  “I think there are already millions of people who feel that way all around the world.  I remember when I was a  child my parents would have guests come and stay at our house and their friends were a very  diverse group of people. Among them were people from the United States, England, France, Germany, Canada, South Africa, China, Australia; from Africa and little tropical Islands like the Seychelles and  Madagascar just to name a few... When you treat people with love and great respect, no matter what  color their skin is or what race and culture they are from or their religious beliefs, you realize that at heart we are all one and the same."

Mauritius IslandMauritius IslandWhen you look beyond all of the differences that separate us what  do you see and what can you hear?  Sabrina Dholah-Mortazavi said "I can hear music and  heartbeats. And if you put thousands and thousands of hearts beating in unison... it just becomes a marvelous and beautiful symphony, a melodious harmony...  Yes I believe we all can live together and love each other, we all can be united as one human race, as one big human family.I understand that on On February 10, 2009, the Iranian Student News Agency quoted Tehran deputy prosecutor as having said that the investigation of these individuals was complete and that  the 'case will be sent to the revolutionary court next week', do you know what they are accused of?  "Yes, they are now accused of 'espionage for Israel; insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic Republic.'  But they are innocent. The international protest expressed by governments and civil society was immediate and widespread, causing the Iranian authorities to review their approach."

Bani Dugal, Principal Representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations (New York) Bani Dugal, Principal Representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations (New York)"Now a new wrongful accusation reportedly has been added some three months after the investigation was supposed to have concluded. The charge of being spreaders of corruption was used against the Bahá'ís who were executed in the years immediately following the Islamic revolution. That it may now be resorted to in this case is a further demonstration that the authorities have no basis for any allegation against these seven individuals, other than blatant religious persecution. This action against the Bahá'í  leadership reflects the government's sharply increased persecution of the entire Iranian Bahá'í community of more than 300,000 members."

The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has frequently emphasized the importance of "justice and human dignity" and "the establishment of a just world system," such as when he addressed the UN Durban Review Conference in Geneva last month. How can the calls of the Iranian leadership for justice in the international sphere be taken seriously if they do not grant justice to their own citizens? In Iran, by all accounts universally agreed upon human rights are routinely ignored, not only for Bahá'ís but also for women, journalists, and others who only seek dignity and justice.”, said the Principal Representative of the Bahá'í  International Community to the United Nations, Ms. Bani Dugal.

Seven Bahá'ís arrested under false charges on 14 May 2008, Tehran, IranSeven Bahá'ís arrested under false charges on 14 May 2008, Tehran, IranThe seven friends are Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani, Mr. Afif Naeimi, Mr. Saeid Rezaie, Mrs. Mahvash Sabet, Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Mr. Vahid Tizfahm. All but one of the group were arrested on 14 May 2008 at their homes in Tehran. Mrs. Sabet was arrested on 5 March 2008 while in Mashhad.

There are millions like the friends in Iran in other countries around the world, where the most basic human rights, of education, speech, religion and others are being denied every single day, because they dare to see and accept the world and its people as one human race, as one united family. Are people really informed, as this  could happen to them any day?  “I don’t know if you know about this great website called Iran Press Watch, an independent research entity documenting the struggle of the Iranian Bahá'í  Community to gain legitimate civil rights. This site is not affiliated with any Bahá'í  institutions. It keeps us informed on what is happening in Iran regarding the Bahá'ís.  Yes, I agree that if we continue to allow this and turn away because it is not about us, we are encouraging the oppressors to continue to do this, and then it will never stop!.”

“A Voice in Prison” by Mrs. Shahla Ghotbi-Nabilzadeh - Watch the video below.


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