Baha’i War Veteran with 25% Disability Unable to Enrol Children at School in Shiraz


Source: HRANA at

Translation by Sen’s daily at


The administration at the government-run Martyr Khonsari secondary school in Shiraz has refused to enroll the children of Behrouz Farzandi Ardekani because the family are Baha’is. Mr. Ardekani is a war veteran who has been classified as having more than 25% disability. Their actions are in contravention of explicit legislation regarding civil rights, the right to education and the ban on investigating people’s religious beliefs.

Moreover, Mr. Ardekani provided a copy of an official letter stating that Iran’s Supreme Leader has issued a fatwa stating the Bahai ex-POWs and disabled veterans are entitled to the rights of other veterans and ex-POWs. Nevertheless, the school administration and the Department of Education have continued to refuse to enroll the children of this Bahai family. Numerous Bahai youth have also been denied entry to tertiary education in Iran, or have been expelled when their religious beliefs were discovered.


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