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April 22, 2013

Student expelled from UTech in Tehran

HRANA, February 27

Panidh Fazl `Ali ( پانید فضل علی ), a Bahai student of Industrial Engineering, has been expelled from the University of Science and Technology in Tehran. He discovered he had been expelled on February 23, when he accessed the university’s web site. Next day he went to the University’s office of educational administration, where he was informed verbally that he had been expelled because of his Bahai beliefs, that the decision had been made by the national body overseeing educational assessments (the Sanjesh), and that no written evidence of the expulsion would be given. He was in term 6 of the programme, and had excellent grades.

(This is old news, which I somehow overlooked at the time. But this blog is not here simply to keep readers up to date with Bahai news. One small thing we can do for prisoners of conscience and those who suffer discrimination because of their race, religion or sexual orientation, is to let their stories be heard. And let their persecutors know, that the things they do are noted. ~Sen)

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  1. Dear Sen-

    Here is a link to an important new law in Iran which is relevant to Baha’is as well as Sufis or anyone who believes in anything other than mainstream Shi’i doctrine.

    Best wishes,

    Phillip Tussing

    Comment by petussing — April 23, 2013 @ 07:10 | Reply

    • There’s a report in English here. The prison terms proposed for religious deviants, in the bill, are similar or lighter than those that are already imposed on the Bahais. The bill has maximum penalties, whereas at present there is no maximum for being a Bahai. One shift I see is that corporal punishment is prominent: we might see more lashings and less imprisonment, but it could also be that lashings are added to the imprisonment. However the big change is that there would be a law covering religious deviancy of all kinds. At present, Bahais are imprisoned and fined for membership of the Bahai Faith, but there is no law against membership of the Bahai Faith. In the case of the Bahais, legal niceties don’t matter, as the judges can be relied on to be utterly prejudiced. But in the case of the Sufis, it’s rather awkward that they are imprisoned in their hundreds, when there is no civil law they have broken and (by and large) they also keep to the shariah. The new law seems to be intended mainly to provide a legal framework for the persecution of the Sufis that is already taking place. But once in place, it could be applied more broadly.

      Comment by Sen — April 23, 2013 @ 09:48 | Reply

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