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The local Baha’i community, which represents 3,000 people in the Washington area, is having an event to raise awareness at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University. Speakers include actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, who appears in “The Stoning of Soraya M.”; Azar Nafisi, author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran”; and Dwight Bashir, senior analyst at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Hopefully the Evin prison will, like the Bastille, be torn down some day. Or like Cape Town’s infamous Robben Island - which imprisoned Nelson Mandela for 25 years - Evin will become a World Heritage Site, a place where tourists will go to remember the horrors that once happened there.

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