A Baha’i Student Expelled from the University

HRANA News Agency – Sogol Kazemi Bahnamiri, a Baha’i student who was studying in the fifth semester of engineering Urban Development at the non-profit University of Mashhad, was excluded from the final exams. This Baha’i student pursues from the Assessment Organization and the Ministry of Science officials were left unanswered.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Sogol Kazemi Bahnamiri, born in 1996, passed the exam in 2014, with student reference number 9721230972, and in the fall of 2014 began her higher education in the field of civil engineering at the non-profit University of Mashhad.

Ms. Kazemi was denied to access the University’s website while during her fifth semester final exams on January 23, 2017, without any notice, and there is no result of her efforts to resolve the issue.

The Baha’i student in the first phase referred the issue to the University Teaching Management. While, the head of this department stating that he was unaware of the nature of the problem, he replied: “We have been contacted and told by the Assessment Organization to close your portal, no more explanations were given and you need to contact Assessment Organization to fix the problem”.

Ms. Kazemi attended the Assessment Organization on January 28. Chairman of the selection of students stated that he was unaware of the closure of her “Portal” and said: “If we wanted to fire you, we would not accept you from the beginning!”

She attended the Ministry of Science, but nobody took the responsibility there, either.

A source close to Ms. Kazemi’s family told HRANA’s reporter: “Conversation with authorities showed that they completely were aware of the issue. Oppression of Baha’is in Iran is not going to end; only the form of it changes. Sogol, like all her friends in this Holy Land, is derived of her smallest right; education. With the hopes of implementation of the civil rights in the constitution and achieving equal opportunities for all Iranians, we will continue to pursue our right to education”.

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