Baha'i International Community makes a Statement during interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education
At the 20th session of the Human Rights Council, following the presentation of a report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, the Bahá'í International Community raised a question concerning the persistent denial of higher education to the Baha’is in Iran. The Baha'i International Community noted that the persecution against the Baha’is in Iran—the largest religious minority in that country—extends to children and youth. “Thousands of young people who are amongst the brightest students in the country have been unjustly barred from university for over 30 years. And this, only because of their beliefs,” stated the Representative of the Baha'i International Community. The statement highlighted a particularly brutal case in which the hand of a 7-year-old was burned by her teacher because the young girl did not participate in congregational prayers. The Representative asked the Rapporteur whether the issue of the denial of education and the persecution of Baha’i children had been raised in the Rapporteur’s communications with Iran and, if so, what has been the Iranian government’s response? Read full statement.