Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
Manuchehr
Manuchehr
Vahid
Vahid
Farhad
Farhad
Jamal
Jamal
Morteza
Morteza
Abbas
Abbas
Massoud
Massoud
Silvana
Silvana
Jorge
Jorge
Moises Gabriel
Moises Gabriel
Carlos
Carlos
Yanina
Yanina
Naum
Naum
Sebastian
Sebastian
Hugo Norberto
Hugo Norberto
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victims of state violence are in Omid
One day, each of them was unfairly and arbitrarily deprived of his or her life

Omid Memorial

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The men and women whose stories you can read on this page are now all citizens of a silent city named Omid ("hope" in Persian). There, victims of persecution have found a common life whose substance is memory.

Omid's citizens were of varying social origins, nationalities, and religions; they held diverse, and often opposing, opinions and ideologies. Despite the differences in their personality, spirit, and moral fiber, they are all united in Omid by their natural rights and their humanity. What makes them fellow citizens is the fact that one day each of them was unfairly and arbitrarily deprived of his or her life. At that moment, while the world watched the unspeakable happen, an individual destiny was shattered, a family was destroyed, and an indescribable suffering was inflicted.

Bijan Hoda'i…

Bijan read precociously as a boy, auditing elementary school classes before they’d let him officially enroll. His manners were gentle as he grew into active, passionate, Iranian politics.

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Jamshid Siyavushi…

Mr. Siyavushi moved from Yasuj to Shiraz, nearer to his family.  He set up a clothing shop there and became treasurer of the local Baha’i Spiritual Assembly.

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Mohsen Khajenuri (Khadjehnouri)…

In Parliament, Mr. Khajenuri provided a medical dispensary and clean water for his district. He would later defend Iranian Freemasonry as part of a tradition including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

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