The Persian holiday Nowruz نوروز(―new day‖) is an ancient holiday celebrated on the first day of spring to welcome in the new year. On this Nowruz we want to remember several courageous prisoners of conscience in Iran with Nowruz greetings. We ask you to send cards with simple Nowruz greetings such as ―Nowruz mobarak‖ مبارکنوروز
You can say ―thinking of you at Nowruz time‖ or ―hoping you are well.‖ You may send a greeting in either English or Farsi (Persian) but please do not mention Amnesty International or specifics of the recipient’s case. Please also refrain from mentioning the political situation, human rights or U.S.-Iran relations. We suggest sending cards with pictures of landscapes, spring flowers or the like, in keeping with the spirit of the holiday and the message of hope and renewal. Please do not choose cards that have pictures of people, and please do not use cards that depict bottles of wine or other alcoholic beverages.
Traditional Nowruz celebrations include the preparation of a Haft Sin table which literally means the seven s’s. Seven items beginning with the Persian letter sin (equivalent to the English s) and which represent spring time are set out. To honor this tradition, this year Amnesty International has selected seven cases, all of them prisoners of conscience who have been identified by Amnesty International as ―individuals at risk‖ and are therefore targeted for intensified campaigning. Several of them have been sentenced to long prison terms for their peaceful activism and several are in poor health.
Our previous Nowruz actions have been very successful! Of the seven cases featured in last year’s Nowruz action, four have been resolved in the past year: Mansour Ossanlu and Hengameh Shahidi were given medical furloughs; Emadeddin Baghi was released after serving his one-year sentence and his other six-year sentence was set aside; Kamiar and Arash Alaei have both been released and are now based in the United States. Kamiar and Arash were the subjects of a couple of previous Nowruz actions. They related how they were given a brief medical furlough and went back to the their parents’ house to find hundreds of Nowruz cards sent to them by Amnesty activists and how much that cheered them up and gave them the strength to go on. This action really matters!
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