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

 

[Adapted from website:] Jaras (The Green Way Movement)

[Date:] 22 Shahrivar 1393 [13 September 2014]

 

Letter from a Few Prisoners of Rajaei-Shahr to Shadan Shirazi

JARAS: A few of the political prisoners of Rajaei-Shahr [Prison], in a letter, have expressed their wish that it become possible for all the youth of this land, regardless of their beliefs, to find the opportunity to continue their studies. According to Jaras’s report, Mr. Mahmoud Badavam, Kamran Rahimian, Keyvan Rahimian, Ramin Zibaie, Dr. Azizollah Samandari, Dr. Farhad Asdaghi, Dr. Foad Moghaddam, Amanollah Mostaghim, Kamran Mortezaie and Shahin Negari have signed this letter.

Shadan Shirazi, a Baha’i girl who had passed the national university entrance exam, gaining 113th rank in the field of mathematics, and had obtained the highest rank in the region, posted her digital certificate on her Facebook page, and announced that she had been banned from studying at the university due to her religious beliefs.

The letter from the prisoners of Rajaei-Shahr to Shadan Shirazi, sent to JARAS, reads as follows:

 

Dear Shadan and Your Dear Peers,

The news of your success in the 1393 [2014] exams and your acquiring the 113th rank in the field of mathematics and physics, made all those interested in acquiring knowledge joyous and proud.

We regret that the authorities, as in the previous years and contrary to the national and international regulations, have deprived you and a great number of the youth of this land, of access to education at the universities and institutes of higher education.

Your courage in trying to realize the right to education, of which all the Baha’i youth for more than three decades have been deprived, is admirable and we are grateful for your efforts to echo the voices of many generations who have been deprived of access to higher education, of which you and your father are an example.

We understand well the tyranny and oppressions inflicted upon you and other Baha’i youth and others who are deprived of education, and we appreciate your efforts for acquiring knowledge and science.

Do not despair of the inflicted challenges; attempt to acquire knowledge, which is the means for the progress of the world of humanity.

We pray for your success and hope that the possibility of education for all the youth of this land, regardless of their beliefs, will be provided as soon as possible.

Rajaei-Shahr Prison

21 Shahrivar 1393 [12 September 2014]

Mahmoud Badavam, Kamran Rahimian, Keyvan Rahimian, Ramin Zibaie, Azizollah Samandari, Farhad Asdaghi, Foad Moghaddam, Amanollah Mostaghim, Kamran Mortezaie and Shahin Negari