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[Adapted from website:] HRANA - Human Rights Activists News Agency

[Date:] 20 Dey 1397 [10 January 2019]


Badi Safajou, a Baha’i student, was expelled from the university

According to the HRANA News Agency, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, on Wednesday, 19 Dey 1397 [10 December 2016], Badi Safajou, a Baha’i student in the seventh semester of chemical engineering, was expelled from the Science and Research Branch of the Azad University for being a Baha’i and was barred from continuing his education.

A source close to this Baha’i citizen’s family told HRANA, “Badi Safajou is a Baha’i student living in Karaj, who was one of the few Baha’i students allowed to enter the university in 1394 [2015]. On Wednesday, while he was present at the end of the semester exam session, he was taken out of the session and was told that he was being expelled from the university. During conversations with the head of the relevant department, he realized that he had been expelled due to his being a Baha’i. His grade point average was 19.70 and he was graduating next semester.

Despite the deprivation of Baha’i citizens from studying at universities, sometimes some of these citizens manage to enter the university and after a while are deprived of continuing their education by the authorities under various pretexts. HRANA has previously reported the expulsion of Baha’i students in various cities across the country.

It should be noted that on Saturday, another Baha’i student, Sama Nazifi, was expelled from the Shahriar branch of the Azad University in the same province, during an exam session, and was barred from continuing her studies.

Despite the explicit wording of the law, according to a resolution of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution of Iran, Baha’is are barred from university education in addition to being prohibited from holding public office.

Every year, there are numerous reports of Baha’i citizens’ being barred from continuing their studies at Iranian universities. This includes even people who are on the verge of graduation …