[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[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:] Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA)

[Date:] 9 Khordad 1388 [30 May 2009]

 

The Fourth National Meeting on the Right to Education Was Held in Kermanshah

On 7 Khordad [28 May], the fourth national meeting on the right to education was held in the City of Kermanshah. The meeting, organized by the committee on the right to education of the Human Rights Activists in Iran, was attended by human rights activists and the students deprived of education.

Mr. Abol-Fazl Abedini, the public relations officer of the Human Rights Activists in Iran, was the first speaker to talk about the activities and goals of the association and the issue of the right to education. He also expressed satisfaction with the holding of this meeting in Kermanshah, which has delivered many civil activists to the society.

Hesam Misaghi then spoke on behalf of the committee on the Right to Education. Mr. Misaghi said that the main goals of the committee were to stop the process of deprivation of education in the first place, as well as to return students to universities and schools.

Following the meeting, Mr. Peyman Ghiami, coordinator of the committee on the right to education in Kermanshah, addressed the gathering. He expressed satisfaction with the holding of this meeting and expressed his hope to create a bridge between human rights activists and civil activists in the province by holding such meetings.

The next speaker was Mr. Kaveh Ghasemi Kermanshahi, a student activist and senior member of the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan, who read a statement and message from his organization condemning the denial of the right to education for Baha’is, and other deprivations of education in Iran. The full text of the statement of the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan is available on the website of this organization.

Then Ms. Mona Rafie, an student expelled from Razi University in Kermanshah, addressed the meeting. She stated that after three months of studying at the university, she was informed that she would not be allowed to continue her studies, and that her pursuits to this day had been fruitless, and of course, the relevant authorities had attributed her expulsion to her belief in Baha’ism.

The last speaker, Dr. Eslami, spoke as one of the first victims of the violation of the right to study in universities. Speaking about his deprivation in the early years of the revolution, he said that he had been expelled from the University of Tehran at the level of his doctorate degree in 1359 [1980]. He then explained the situation of the Baha’i community and the deprivations in its field of education from the beginning of the revolution until today.