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March 15, 2014

Student expelled from Mazandaran University for being a Bahai


HRANA, March 12, 2014

Setayash Asadi (ستایش اسدی), a Bahai studying Tourism Management at the Babolsar campus of the University of Mazandaran, has been expelled because of her religious beliefs. She was admitted in the current academic year, and expelled in the middle of the second semester, after gaining 19 university credits. A HRANA reporter was told that, after her student web page was closed, she was referred to the Office of Education and told that “religious minorities are not entitled to tertiary education.”

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  1. Entitled? Did she not pay tuition?

    Comment by Neil Chase — March 15, 2014 @ 14:50 | Reply

    • Iran is not a country governed by law. It is a despotism. There is the law, then the will of the judge which prevails over the law [note 1], then the policies of the regime which can dictate to the judiciary, then the will of the Supreme Despot. The will of the Supreme Despot and the policy of the regime is to hinder the development of the Bahai minority within the country, and “confront and destroy” the Bahais wherever they may be in the world. This long-standing policy was formally articulated in a 1991 Memorandum from the Iranian Supreme Revolutionary Cultural Council:

      Stamped “confidential,” the document was prepared at the request of the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the then President of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The memorandum was signed by Hujjatu’l Islam Seyyed Mohammad Golpaygani, Secretary of the Council, and approved by Mr. Khamenei, who added his signature to the document. …The memorandum specifically calls for Iran’s Baha’is to be treated in such a way “that their progress and development shall be blocked,” … the government aims to keep the Baha’is illiterate and uneducated, living only at a subsistence level, and fearful at every moment that even the tiniest infraction will bring the threat of imprisonment or worse. … that all Baha’is should be expelled from universities; that they shall be denied “positions of influence,” and instead only be allowed to “lead a modest life similar to that of the population in general”; and even that “employment shall be refused to persons identifying themselves as Baha’is.”

      … that Baha’is will be allowed to go to school only if they do not identify themselves as Baha’is, and that they should be sent to schools “with a strong religious ideology.” The aim here, obviously, is to wrest Baha’i children from their faith. Ominously, the memorandum says that “A plan must be devised to confront and destroy their cultural roots outside the country.”

      In light of the formal policy and the practice in implementing it, the Iranian regime can be classified not only as a despotism, but also as an apartheid regime. Rather than “separate development,” it’s credo is development for some, no development for others. The Sunni minority face similar broad repression de facto, although I do not know of any documentary evidence of the policy, while Christians and Sufi Muslims are not free to worship or share their religious beliefs. This grim picture has not improved at all during the time of President Rouhani.
      ==
      Note 1: In Friday Prayers in Tehran (an important occasion for public announcements) Ayatollah Yazdi, a member of the Guardian Council and former head of the judiciary, cited the relevant constitutional provisions to remind judges that they should not follow cabinet rulings that they considered to conflict with Islam. “The judges enjoy full authority to annul such cabinet rulings, which are beyond the legal rights and authorities of the executive body.” (IRNA report, April 20, 2001).

      Comment by Sen — March 15, 2014 @ 22:26 | Reply


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