Baha’i Student Barred from Higher Education
Shaghayegh Zabihi, an architecture student, was denied her associate degree and the right to continue her studies. Regime authorities have cite her Bahai faith.
Shaghayegh Zabihi, a member of Iran’s Baha’i community, who was studing architecture in Rasam University of Karaj, was denied her associate degree while she have completed the course.
She had previously summoned to the university’s security office and interrogated for her belief. The university’s management however, told that they were unaware of the issue and allowed her to continue her studies in an associate course. After completting the course, when Shaghayegh Zabihi intended to receive her higher diploma, she was told that she is deprived of continuing undergraduate studies due to her Baha’i Faith, a source said.
The clerical regime in Iran has deprived Baha’i citizens including a significant number of Baha’i female students from university education, in addition to depriving them of employment in public places. This includes even those students who are on the verge of graduation.
Baha’is are deprived of education in Iranian universities based on paragraph 3 of the bill ratified by the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution on February 25, 1991, which has also been endorsed by the mullahs’ supreme leader Ali Khamenei, “Once it is confirmed that a student adheres to Baha’ism, whether at the time of admission or during their studies, she or he must be deprived of education.”
UN human rights reporters have repeatedly objected against the regime’s anti-Baha’i behavior and, in particular, the depriving of Baha’is from their right to education, recognizing it as a clear indication of Iran’s neglect of human rights treaties.