Religious Persecution of Baha’i Gifted and Talented Students

Posted on: May 26th, 2010

HRANA – The Ministry of Education of Iran has implemented a new policy, which discriminates further against Bahá’í school students.

In the past, Bahá’í students were allowed to take the entrance exam for schools for gifted and talented students and in the cases of acceptance they would be denied admission based on their religion. Recently, the Ministry has added religion to the registration form for taking the entrance exams. The options include Muslim, Christian, Jew, and Zoroastrian, which deprives Bahá’í students right at the inception.

As it was reported previously in October 2009 Miss Shadan Shirazi of Tehran, despite occupying the first position in the female competition, was prevented from registering at Javan Research Institute, a school for gifted students, because of being a Bahá’í. Miss Shirazi attempted to take the exam again this year and due to the new policy was denied registration for the entrance exam. Similarly Miss Noura Sabet of Tehran has been unable to register for the exam.


Student Expelled from University for Being Baha’i

Posted on: May 26th, 2010

May 26, 2010

HRANA – On May 13, 2010, Miss Negin Sayyah was expelled from the University of Sari on grounds of being Baha’i. She was in her second semester of studies.

Further details are not known at this time.

Baha’i Leaders Allowed Visits with Their Families

Posted on: May 26th, 2010

May 26, 2010

HRANA – All the seven former Baha’i leaders in Iran were visited by their families on May 20, 2010.

The visits took place behind glass separations, except in the case of Mr. Afif Naimi, who was permitted a face to face visit with his family.

Man Executed in Zahedan

Posted on: May 26th, 2010

May 26, 2010

HRANA – On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, a man named “Jamshid Mir” was hanged in Zahedan Central Prison by judicial officials. 

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Ali Tavakoli “My Mom Has Been on Hunger Strike for Two Days in Solidarity with Majid”

Posted on: May 26th, 2010

HRANA – On Sunday, May 23, Majid Tavakoli was transferred to solitary confinement for speaking out against the statements by the representative of Tehran’s Prosecutor during a session with the representative and other prisoners protesting the results of the presidential election.

Majid Tavakoli has gone on a dry hunger strike since his transfer, which is extremely dangerous due to the lack of any liquid intake. Yesterday afternoon, certain outlets reported that Mr. Tavakoli’s condition has severely deteriorated.

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Man Executed in Isfahan

Posted on: May 23rd, 2010

May 22, 2010

HRANA – In the early morning hours of Thursday, May 20, the judiciary carried out the execution of a man in Isfahan prison.

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