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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Adapted from website:] HRANA - Human Rights Activists News Agency
[Date:] 21 Bahman 1393 [10 February 2015]
HRANA – Branch-1 of the Court of Administrative Justice Ruled Against Baha’is Studying in the Universities
HRANA - Branch 1 of the Court of Administrative Justice rejected the request of some Baha’i youth to have their qualifications examined in order to continue their education in Iranian public universities.
According to HRANA, quoting Jaras, after the announcement of the results of this year’s university entrance examination for Iranian public universities, a number of Baha’i youth who had good grades and could [have been] admitted to the best public universities in Iran, were not accepted due to “[incomplete] file”. These individuals then complained to the Court of Administrative Justice. After much effort, their complaint applications were finally filed, and their cases will be heard in Branch 1 of the Court of Administrative Justice.”
According to reports, this Branch, which is managed by the head of the Court of Administrative Justice, rejected the request of these young people based on the general conditions of selection and training, and said that this decision was based on the decision approved by the Council of Cultural Revolution of the country, which was published in 1368 ; based on that decision, it has prevented Baha’is from continuing their education at Iranian public universities.
The Court of Administrative Justice has not provided any written documents in this regard to these young people and their lawyers, and there is no mention in the administrative documents that these individuals are Baha’is. Branch 1 of the Court of Administrative Justice has made its ruling subject to the citation of the “public selection and education conditions”.
Lawyers and human rights activists consider this action of the Iranian judiciary and the procedure applied in the courts in this regard to be contrary to Article 3 of the Constitution, related to the elimination of discrimination, as well as Articles 19, 20 and 28. But the judiciary only claims that, “We are not preventing the education of these people because they are Baha’is, but it is because of their ‘incomplete file’. This is a way to escape the international pressures while preventing Baha’is from studying at Iranian government universities.
Ahmad Shaheed, the UN special rapporteur on human rights, has previously warned of systematic harassment of members of officially unrecognized religious groups in Iran, particularly the Baha’i community, in violation of international conventions.
In an interview, a Baha’i student reported that 800 Baha’is had not been admitted to the university in the same year that she was not accepted.
In addition, several of the recently arrested Baha’is were affiliated with the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education, a university designed to educate Baha’is deprived of education.