Here are nine things you might like to know about Mr. Tavakkoli:
i) He has two grandchildren both of whom were born during his 9 year imprisonment – a granddaughter, Noura, born on 9 March 2014, and a grandson, Nica, born 3 March 2017.
ii) After university, Behrouz completed two years of service in the army, where he was a lieutenant.
iii) Behrouz was born 1 June 1951 in Mashhad. He finished school at a time when Baha’is could still attend university in Iran, he studied psychology in university.
iv) Behrouz later undertook additional training and then specialized in the care of the physically and mentally handicapped, working in a government position as a social worker until he was fired in the early 1980s because he was a Baha’i.
v) When he was 23 years old, Behrouz Tavakkoli married Tahereh Fakhri Tuski. They have two sons, Naiem and Nabil.
vi) To support himself and his family after he was fired from his government position, Behrouz established a small millwork carpentry shop in the city of Gonbad.
vii) Behrouz has been arrested and detained by the authorities many times because he is a Baha’i. Among the worst of these incidents was in 2005 when he was held incommunicado for 10 days by intelligence agents, along with another Bahá’í, Fariba Kamalabadi.
viii) During a previous imprisonment, Behrouz developed serious kidney and orthotic problems.
ix) During his 9 years as a prisoner of conscience, Behrouz has missed weddings, funerals, births – and all the ordinary and extraordinary things that make up family life.