GANDHI OF IRAN
Dr Noor Ali Tabandeh
During his lifetime, Dr. Noor Ali Tabandeh have made considerable efforts to support the human and social rights of Iranians, for which he was imprisoned and suffered numerous persecutions. He was born in Beydokht (Khorasan province) Iran and died in Mehr Hospital in Tehran on 24th December 2019 after spending the past 20 years in exile followed by two years of house arrest, that intensified the mental and physical torture and gradually being poisoned to death. His legacy continues to inspire people around the world for building a sustainable and peaceful future for the humankind.
CALL TO ACTION
Over the last few days there has been widespread international social media campaign amongst the followers and supporters of Dr Noor Ali Tabandeh demanding the truth behind the circumstances of his death.
A Strong Advocate for Human Rights
EDUCATION AND CAREER
Dr Noor Ali Tabandeh was a well know Iranian human rights activist as well as the spiritual leader of the largest Sufi order (The Gonabadi Sufi order) in Iran. During his life he was well known for his human rights advocacy and was imprisoned for his pro-human rights views during the 1980s.
As a young man, Dr. Noor Ali Tabandeh received teachings from his father in Beydukht Gonabad and learned the rudiments of Islamic science and traditional and modern astronomy. In 1945 he traveled to Tehran and acquired the first-grade Diploma in Literature and in 1946 obtained a Diploma in Natural Science from the Tehran Elmiyeh High School and entered the law faculty of Tehran University In 1948, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in judicial law and simultaneously engaged in the study and research of Islamic sciences. He specialized in religious jurisprudence and its principles whilst employed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 1950 he was transferred to the Ministry of Justice and was assigned as the Head of the Office of Guardianship of the Courts of Tehran and later as the advisor of the courts of the province of Tehran.
In 1952 under the guidance of his father, Mohammad Hassan Bechareh Beydokhti (Saleh Ali Shah), he entered into the path of Sufism and for the completion of this education, he travelled to France. In 1957, after finishing his education in the field of French literature, he obtained his doctorate in the field of law and came back to Iran and continued work in various occupations in the Ministry of Justice.
Justice for Dr Tabandeh
Call For Justice for Dr Tabandeh and demand to get the truth behind his death
THE STEADY DETERIORATION OF DR TABANDEHS HEALTH
Dr Tabandeh was kept under house arrest during the last two years of his life by regime’s security forces who had infiltrated the Sufi community. Which lead to an international campaign and signed petition for his release.
During his house arrest, according to his own testimony, he was poisoned on number of occasions, and finally due to lack of physician care was hospitalised in November 2019, where he, under suspicious circumstances, finally passed away in hospital on 23rd December 2019.
During the last 2 years of his life, while under house arrest, his health deteriorated severely and with such haste that a majority are convinced that he was murdered by those closest to him. In fact, Dr Tabandeh expressed with his own words during a recorded interview that “they were after his life” and that he was being poisoned in order for him to refrain from public speeches. Many observed and were concerned by his somnolent appearance, his struggle to speak, his uncomfortable posture and his severe weight loss. Rumors have been circulating that he was killed in the hospital where he was staying during the last days of his life. Some say the electricity in the hospital was cut leading to his demise. Supporters and followers all around the world are puzzled by the fact that his funeral and the whole process of moving his body to his hometown was so well planned and timed into detail, something that could only have been orchestrated by the Iranian regime, in fact there was transportation by flight waiting on hold by the hospital where he was treated.
Moreover, people are unable to understand how someone passes away without any sign of medical records stating the cause of death. Neither has anything been explained as to why his health suddenly deteriorated. No patient records, no announcement from the medical profession, nothing was explained. A general explanation was given that his health had deteriorated because of old age but that does not explain how he went from being perfectly healthy at the beginning of the house arrest to a period of 2 years of suffering and a sudden death.
The steady deterioration of Dr Tabandeh’s health during his house arrest.
Following his death he was quickly buried in a secure and suspicious way without any of his supporters being allowed to see his body, or without any formal medical examination being carried out by any medical examiner.
CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE
As result of these series of suspicious circumstances the supporters of Dr Tabandeh after receiving no clarity from those responsible for his care have began a social media campaign in the search of truth behind his death under #TruthAboutTabandeh #JusticeForDrTabandeh and #NoorAliTabandeh.
The below images are examples of his supporters from all over the world demanding justice and truth about his death from the relevant authorities
Demanding the truth behind Dr Tabandeh’s death.
More social media posts have emerged since then and among those are medical professionals residing in Europe who also have expressed their outrage regarding the unexplained and suspicious actions in association with Dr Tabandeh’s death, but also criticizing the deafening silence from the medical profession who were responsible for him. Medical doctors in Europe had tried to arrange for Dr Tabandeh to receive health care from abroad if the medical team in Iran was unable to treat him, but there were no responses, no way to get through to him or those that were responsible for his care.
These social media posts have sparked an international social media campaign under #TruthAboutTabandeh #JusticeForDrTabandeh demanding answers behind the death of Dr Noor Ali Tabandeh. The campaign started by engaging mostly Sufi followers and Iranians, but in a few days it has extended into a widespread international campaign with people all over the world demanding to know what happened to Dr Noor Ali Tabandeh, a lawyer, academic and renowned advocate for human rights, during his house arrest and the last days of his life.