For the past 30 years, it has been the policy of the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran to strangle the Baha’i community of that country through various means, culturally, economically, and legally, including barring students from attending institutions of higher education, and in each instance twisting and poisoning the institutions of their own country in order to do so. It now appears that in an insidious move, the regime in some cases is preventing Baha’i schoolchildren from registering at primary and secondary schools as well.
This action of the Islamic government is in direct contravention of Article 30 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which states:
Article 30: The government must provide all citizens with free education through secondary school, and must expand free higher education to the extent required by the country for attaining self-sufficiency.
Furthermore, Iran is a signatory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which clearly states:
Article 26: Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. … Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
This deplorable act of the Islamic regime to prevent Baha’i children from attending primary and secondary school is a cause of concern for all citizens of the world. Iran Press Watch regrets this action of the authorities in Iran.
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