Iran’s campaign to deny higher education to Baha’is

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Iran's secret blueprint for the destruction of the Baha'i community, testimonials from students barred from higher education, and recent examples of exclusion.

Iran’s secret blueprint for the destruction of the Baha’i community

Iran's efforts to deny Baha'is access to higher education must be seen in the context of an overall government policy to destroy the Baha'i community as a cohesive entity. This was outlined in a secret 1991 memorandum that established a national policy aimed at the quiet strangulation of the Baha'i community.

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The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran report,
Punishing Stars

In December 2010, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) published a document titled, Punishing Stars: Systematic Discrimination and Exclusion in Iranian Higher Education, which – based on interviews with students barred from higher education – highlighted how the Iranian government has systematically targeted university campuses to suppress social and political activism as well as to exclude Baha'is because of their religious beliefs. Punishing Stars reported how Baha’i youth are forced to not specify their religion on applications, as any university found to have Baha’i students is ordered to expel them.

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Recent examples of exclusion from higher education

A sample of recent cases in which Baha’is, who have been accepted into higher education, have been expelled from university during the course of their studies.

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