Fariba Kamalabadi (September 12, 1962) was one of the seven members of the group known as the Friends in Iran. Mrs. Kamalabadi was arrested on the 14th of May, 2008 at her home in Tehran. She remains in prison with her colleagues awaiting trial.
Fariba Kamalabadi, a developmental psychologist and mother of three, was denied the chance to study at a public university as a youth because of her Bahá’í belief. Because of her volunteer work for the Bahá’í community, she was arrested twice in recent years and held for periods of one and two months respectively before her arrest and imprisonment last May.
Mrs. Kamalabadi was born in Tehran on 12 September 1962. An excellent student, she graduated from high school with honors but was nevertheless barred from attending university. Instead, in her mid-30s, she embarked on an eight-year period of informal study and ultimately received an advanced degree in developmental psychology from the Bahá’í Institute of Higher Education, an alternative institution established by the Bahá’í community of Iran to provide higher education for its young people.
Mrs. Kamalabadi married fellow Bahá’í Ruhollah Taefi in 1982. They have three children. Varqa Taefi, about 24, received a doctoral degree in political science and international relations in the United Kingdom and is currently continuing his research in China. Alhan Taefi, 23, has studied psychology at ABSI. Taraneh Taefi, 14, is a junior high school student in Tehran.
Mrs. Kamalabadi’s experience with persecution extends beyond her immediate situation. Her father was fired from his job as physician in the government health service in the 1980s because he was a Bahá’í, and he was later imprisoned and tortured.
- "Lives of service: Profiles of seven imprisoned Baha’is". Bahá’í World News Service. 12 February 2009. http://news.bahai.org/story/695. Retrieved 13 March 2010.