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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
[Date:] 21 Bahman 1393 [10 February 2015]
Branch 1 of the Court of Administrative Justice Ruled Against the Education of Baha’is in the University
Jaras – 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 Jaras, after the announcement of the results of this year’s National 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 an “incomplete file”. These individuals then complained to the Court of Administrative Justice, which, after much effort, finally filed their applications and placed them in Branch 1.
According to reports, this Branch, which is run by the head of the Court of Administrative Justice, rejected the request of these young people, citing the general conditions of selection and education and said, “This citation is also due to the decree of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution of the country, published in 1368 [1989/1990], which has prevented Baha’is from continuing their education in public universities in Iran.”
Although in this regard, the Court of Administrative Justice has not provided any written documents 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 [cited] this ruling as being subject to the general conditions of selection and education.
The 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, which abolished all forms of undesirable discrimination, and to Articles 19, 20 and 28 of the Constitution.
The judiciary only claims that they are not preventing the Baha’is from accessing education because they are Baha’is, but it is because of their “incomplete file”, a practice that relieves the government of international pressure, and at the same time, prevents Baha’is from studying in Iranian public universities.
Ahmad Shaheed, the UN special rapporteur on human rights, has previously warned of systematic persecution of the members of the unrecognized religious groups in Iran, particularly the Baha’i community, [a persecution] which is in violation of international conventions.
The claims of the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran refer to several government documents dating back to 1991, in which he cited deprivation of education, the establishment of an office to combat Baha’i publications, and the ruling that they should be denied influential jobs and the right to participate in trade.
In an interview, a Baha’i student reported that 800 Baha’is had not been admitted to the university in the same year in which 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.