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[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Ferghe News

[Date:] 26 Dey 1394 [16 January 2016]

 

The Latest Scenario of Baha’i Human Rights

The Baha’ism Group of Ferghe News: After the announcement of the names of those admitted to [universities based on] the 1393 [2014/2015] national [university] entrance examination, the Baha’is are claiming that a Baha’i girl with three-digit ranking (130), has been barred from entering the university just for being a Baha’i, and that this is definitely a violation of human rights laws, which has happened many times in Iran. Although this and similar cases have been answered many times from different angles, we tackle this issue with a new approach.

Baha’ism is a minority that has been able to make a name for itself around the world over the past decades with the support of the world’s political powers. The regime of the Islamic Republic considered the human rights of all and looked at everyone with the same eye; therefore, everyone enjoyed the right to education, employment, etc., until a group that abused this freedom and took action against the regime and national security of Iran, tried to violate the rights of others and overstep their own rights.

For example, sometimes they misused the university space and turned the scientific space of the universities into a space for promoting the superstitions of deviant ideas and immoral behaviour, and also abused their work space and employment by breaking into classified and confidential information, and putting it at the disposal of the enemies; this is how they spied.

Accordingly, the regime of the Islamic Republic was forced to take action and to take measures to counteract this political and anti-religious group, so the opportunity to commit abuse was taken away from them. Yes, in this regard, some Baha’i students who had committed crimes were expelled from the university, and sometimes, like other criminals, they were imprisoned for dealing with wrongdoers, but they are only a few of those Baha’is who are living freely in Iran and no one bothers them. However, some of their espionage and norm-breaking activities have changed the regime’s approach to the Baha’is and the regime considers them as spies. Some freedoms, such as the propagation of beliefs (because it is a non-divine sect) and the managerial positions and… should be taken away from them.

Yes, the Baha’is of Iran are not free to corrupt the Iranian religious community by promoting immoral behaviour, homosexuality, sexual liberties, or even incestuous marriage, because these teachings are against the divine teachings of Iran; with regard to these issues, not only are Baha’is not free, but also, no human being, regardless of any religion or profession, is free....