"The Yaran, meaning Friends, refers to the name of a now-disbanded ad hoc group responsible for Iran's 300,000-member Bahá’í community," according to Bahaikipedia.

"Each of the seven members were arrested in 2008 and held without charge for over a year."

After show trials, each friend was sentenced originally to 20 years in prison, although reports are that the sentences were reduced to 10 years each.

"Reports of the sentencing of the Friends have resulted in widespread international outcry over human rights abuses and religious persecution," Bahaikipedia reports.

"Countries that have issued responses include: Australia, Canada, Brazil, Belgium, Brussels, Germany, Hungary, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States."
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