Translation by Iran Press Watch
Based on a report from “Bahainews”, Navid Mahrami, a sophomore student at Payam-e-Nour University in the city of Zarghan, a suburb of Shiraz, has been dismissed from university because of his belief in the Baha’i Faith.
According to an informed source, he was prohibited from entering the university campus after his dismissal.
After going on the university website in September 2016, this student, who has been deprived of education, noticed that the registration section was closed to him. As this informed source conveyed to “Bahainews”: “When Navid Mahrami went to the university Academics Services director, Mr. Amiri, he said that a confidential letter from Tehran had cancelled Navid Mahrami’s university admission, and that he is no longer a student.”
This informed source also added: “When Navid went to Mrs. Alavi-Zadeh, the Academics director of Fars Province, she told him that the letter had come from the Educational Measurement and Evaluation Organization in Tehran, and that it had been signed by Mrs. Maryamussadat Hoseini in Tehran. After repeated contacts with Tehran and conversations with her, she mentioned that she did not know the reason, and that they had to go to the Educational Measurement and Evaluation Organization in Tehran!!”
Denial of university education for Baha’is has been carried out based on the 25 February 1991 letter of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, which proscribes Baha’is from receiving higher education, as well as employment at government entities. According to Article Three of this letter, not only should Baha’is be prevented from registering at universities, but they should also be deprived of education if they are identified as Baha’i after registration and “during the course of studies”.
Denial of education for Baha’is has been systematically implemented since the Islamic Revolution and the announcement of the Cultural Revolution in Iran.
- “Bahainews” is an independent non-Bahá’í initiative and is not affiliated with any Baha’i institutions.