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In the Name of God

 

Court of Administrative Justice

I, Noushin Bandi Amirabad, file number 5101468, wish to make the following statement:

After 25 years of Baha’i students’ having been prevented from attending university, in 1383 [2004], through the diligent efforts and actions of international agencies and the Baha’i community, the section for religion was removed from the application forms of the National University Entrance Examination, which permitted Baha’i students to register and participate in the examination. However, for various reasons, the Baha’i students were still restricted from entering universities. Last year, in 1385 [2006], approximately 187 Baha’i applicants succeeded in registering at various universities in Iran. Unfortunately, however, most of them have been expelled from university solely on the basis of their religion. 

This year, after taking the National Education Measurement and Evaluation Organization entry examination on the designated date, a number of Baha’i applicants, including myself, entered the site belonging to this organization to check our grades. Surprisingly, we were confronted with a rather odd statement, saying, “Due to having an incomplete file, you must contact the National Education Measurement and Evaluation Organization.” This does not make any sense, because at this stage, “incomplete file” could not have been the issue. If there were any problems in our files, we would not have received the entrance ID cards and thus could not have participated in the National Entrance Examination, but we did participate in the examination and were waiting to receive the results. Nonetheless, we sent correspondence to the National Education Measurement and Evaluation Organization, but never received any response. Furthermore, when we visited the organization in person, they refused to take and/or register any papers from us. We were verbally told that because we were Baha’is, a “0” grade had been entered in our records. 

These actions came despite the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s having announced to international organizations that the reason for having “Islam” in the application forms was solely to indicate which religious subjects the students were to take their examination in. This is clearly different from what has actually taken place. Moreover, the authorities of the National Education Measurement and Evaluation Organization told us that because we were Baha’is, we were not allowed education beyond high school level and were not allowed to go to university. This position contradicts the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which specifies that the government is responsible for creating favourable conditions and ample opportunities for higher education for its people.

Considering this clause, what transpired is unjust, and we have been denied our basic rights. I am, therefore, making a complaint against the National Education Measurement and Evaluation Organization for disregarding my case. I sincerely request that the court of administrative justice look into this matter. 

With appreciation,

Noushin Bandi

 

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11 Shahrivar 1386 [2 September 2007]

 

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Number: 11739

Date: 10 Shahrivar 1386 [1 September 2007]

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Court of Administrative Justice

 

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The court of administrative justice stating that the matter was investigated, and no information was found on Noushin Bandi

10 Shahrivar 1386 [1 September 2007]