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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:] 2 Mehr 1393 [24 September 2014]


Letter from Mohammad Seifzadeh And Heshmatollah Tabarzadi Regarding the Educational Deprivation of Some of the Compatriots

HRANA News Agency - Mohammad Seifzadeh and Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, two prisoners of conscience, detained in Rajaei-Shahr Prison in Karaj, reacted and sent a short letter outside the prison, regarding the continued infringement of rights of some of the Iranian citizens and their being deprived of continuing their education as starred students and the Baha’i students. The exact text of this letter is as follows:

Deprivation of the Right to Education is Contrary to Human Rights

The new academic year has begun, but unfortunately, as in previous years, a group of talented young people from this nation, who passed the national university entrance exam and, at various educational levels, with great efforts and hope for a better future, were again deprived of education by the government. These young people and students, some of whom were prevented from entering the university on the pretext that they had engaged in political activities and others on the pretext of their being Baha’is, and under the false pretext of “incomplete file”, are very talented young people, some of whose educational rank was also announced.

There is no doubt that the denial of the right to education is contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 30 of the [Islamic] Constitution, and in this respect is an act against human rights that is strongly condemned and disallowed. The perpetrators deserve to be legally prosecuted due to performing a wrongful deed. On the other hand, it is surprising that exactly one year ago, the head of the new government had promised in his campaign promises to return expelled professors and starred students, but now he is acting against those promises. This is while, according to Article 113 of the Constitution, he is obliged to implement them correctly, as in the constitution. He must be held accountable, and no excuse is acceptable for him to escape responsibility. Of course, other students and academics are expected to defend the rights of these loved ones.

Rajaei-Shahr Prison, Karaj

Mohammad Seifzadeh, Heshmatollah Tabarzadi

Press Release of HRANA