Iranian student expelled due to his Baha’i faith

Farzad Safaei was expelled on May 20 from his studies, at the Islamic Azad University in Ahvaz, for belonging to the Baha’i faith. Bahai’s are denied the right to higher education. This exemplifies a fundamental contradiction in the constitutional freedom rights: On the one hand the constitution of Iran states clearly that “no one may be molested or taken to task for holding a certain belief” but on the other hand, according to article 1 of Iran’s Supreme Cultural Revolution Council’s student qualification regulations, students must either be Muslim or followers of other constitutionally sanctioned religions. Article 3 states that if a student is discovered to be a Baha’i after enrolling he or she will be expelled.


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