The 16 Baha'is detained after Iranian authorities raided homes associated with staff and faculty of the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education. Four of them have since been released. They are Vahid Mokhtari – pictured second row, far left; Sadaf Sabetian – second row, third from left; Amir-Houshang Amirtabar – third row, far left; and Soheil Ghanbari – third row, third from left.
Governments, human rights organizations and people of good will around the world are calling on Iran to release some 15 Baha'i educators, who have now been imprisoned for more than three weeks. Among the articles about the arrests, reports have appeared in Brazil's 'O Globo' newspaper, and on the websites of CNN International and 'University World News.'
In the Netherlands, a postcard campaign has been launched to draw attention to the long history of Iran's suppression of Baha'i educational initiatives.