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The Difficult Task of Monitoring Constitutional Compliance[1]

Section 7, Minorities

[Page:] 621, 622


In the Name of God

Number: 792586

Dated 9 Esfand 1379 [27 February 2001]


Hojjatol-Islam Mr. Abtahi

Esteemed Head of the Office of the President


Pursuant to letter number M/79-10537, dated 2 Esfand 1379 [20 February 2001], which was attached to the response by the esteemed president, we convey the following.  The complaint regarding the expulsion of the female student Shohreh Ettehadi-Aliabadi from the College of Her Highness Roghiyyeh (peace be upon her) in Yazd after two academic terms, based on her beliefs, was previously submitted to the Committee [?] and we have inquired about the circumstances, but we have yet to receive a response.  The bulletin report of the Intelligence [Office] has to some extent provided an explanation about this matter.

Nevertheless, with regards to the expulsion of the aforementioned student, because it is established that she was a Baha’i, we inform you that according to Clause 1 of the Policy on Ethical Criteria for Admission to Universities, ratified by the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution in 1363 [1984-1985], the condition for entering the university, in addition to passing the National University Entrance Examination, is belief in the religion of Islam or one of the other divine religions.  And, according to Amendment 2, if, after being accepted and entering the university, it becomes established that a student is not a Muslim or does not belong to one of the other divine religions, the right to continuation of education will be taken away from him/her.

In addition, in Clause 3B of the report passed by the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution numbered D2/1327, dated 6 Esfand 1369 [25 February 1991], which was also affirmed by the great leader, it is stated that: “Whether upon entry or during the course of education, if it becomes clear that they are Baha’is, they must be denied university education.”  Therefore, the next action by the Sanjish[2] to revoke the acceptance and prevent the education of the aforementioned Baha’i student appears, on the face of it, to be related to the resolutions of the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution.  Investigation of the general situation of the Baha’i sect and their citizenship rights, including the issue of their education, has been reported to the esteemed president on different occasions, and it appears that the decision on this matter has been delegated to the Supreme Council for National Security; this Committee has so far obtained no information about any results.

If the goal of the investigation is “to ascertain the negligence and violation of the relevant authorities in that they did not pay attention to the initial statements of the accepted applicant while being a Baha’i, and [whether] her acceptance and enrolment has been contrary to the resolutions of the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution”, naturally, investigating it [this question] is the responsibility of the relevant disciplinary authorities in the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology.


Hosein Mehrpour

[Legal Counsel] of President and Head of Investigation and Oversight of Enforcement of the Constitution





[1] From a book: The Difficult Task of Monitoring Constitutional Compliance- Vazifeh Doshvar-e Nezarat bar Ejraeh Ghanoon-e Asasee 1376 – 1384 (1997-2006). Dr. Hosein Mehrpour, Tehran, Saales Publication, 1384 (2005)

[2] [Educational Assessment and Evaluation Organization]