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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:] 27 Dey 1399 [16 January 2021]

 

Mahsa Forouhari, a Baha’i Citizen, Deprived of Further Education / Document

HRANA News Agency – Mahsa Forouhari, a Baha’i citizen living in Karaj, is deprived of further education for the tenth consecutive year. After registering in the system of the Sanjish [Educational Assessment and Evaluation] Organization to enter universities without national university entrance examination, which admits students based on their academic records, and despite having a grade point average above 19 [out of 20] she was faced with the message “Incomplete file”.

According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, Mahsa Forouhari, a Baha’i citizen living in Karaj, was barred from continuing her education due to the continued deprivation of Baha’i citizens from university education.

Mahsa Forouhari, who in previous years and after having repeatedly passed the National University Entrance Exam, had been barred from entering the university on the pretext of “Incomplete File”, due to being a Baha’i.

HRANA had previously published the identities of at least 21 Baha’i citizens who were confronted with this same message during the 1399 [2020] National University Entrance Examination and were deprived from continuing their education.

These citizens have been deprived of education under various headings, including “Incomplete File” and “Case under Investigation”. The option of “Incomplete file” is a common trick that has been used since 1385 [2006] to deprive Baha’i citizens of the opportunity to continue their education.

Despite the explicit wording of the law, according to a confidential decree of the Supreme Revolutionary Cultural Council of Iran, Baha’is are barred from university education in addition to being barred from employment in the public sector.

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

UN human rights rapporteurs on Iran have repeatedly protested against opposition to the Baha’i Faith, especially the deprivation of Baha’i students of their education, throughout the term of the Iranian government, citing the Iranian government’s disregard for human rights treaties.