Indian runners take to the streets to highlight human rights abuses

By agency reporter
January 2, 2013

More than 500 people, ranging in age from primary school children to senior citizens, have taken to the streets in Bangalore, India, to support a marathon aiming to raise awareness about human rights abuses in Iran.

The early morning run, which followed a circuit around the city's Ulsoor lake, was organised recently by the Classic Road Runners Athletic Club of Bangalore.

It was the debut public event for the club, which decided to take the opportunity to highlight the issue of human rights after conversations with local Baha'is - one of the religious groups that has suffered much discrimination in recent years.

Spectators cheered on the runners while waving banners calling for the release of prisoners of conscience in Iran.

"Though the severe persecution of the Baha'is in Iran was the idea that gave the impetus to this run," said Dr A.J. Ansari, the club's Vice-President, "it is a symptom of a global problem where certain sections of our worldwide family suffer discrimination as well as active violation of basic rights for reasons that would be disconcerting to any fair minded observer."


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