Everyone has the right to education


Mona 19
by Mona 19

Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.

In the public mind, the right to education does not always rise to the highest level of concern. Other basic human rights — especially those concerned with rights to life, liberty and personal security — often seem more urgent. And to be fair, instances of innocent people being executed, thrown into prison, or tortured demand our immediate attention and action.

Yet in the long view, the denial of a person’s right to education is equally a denial of his right to exist as a free and productive human being. For without education, the individual is condemned to the prison of his own ignorance, tortured over his lack of opportunities, and, more than likely, consigned to a life of poverty, underdevelopment, and oppression.

It is a terrible tragedy that so many millions of people around the world are unable to exercise their basic right to education. In most cases, however, it is not a matter of will but of resources. In the developing world, especially, many governments simply do not have the infrastructure to provide their young people with an adequate education.

But it is an entirely different matter when a government willfully seeks to deprive its people — or a group of its people — from receiving an education. Sadly, that is the case in present day Iran.

Since 1979, the government of Iran has systematically sought to deprive its largest religious minority of the right to a full education. Specifically, the Islamic Republic of Iran has for more than 29 years blocked the 300,000-member Bahá’í community from higher education, refusing young Bahá’ís entry into university and college. The government has also sought to close down Bahá’í efforts to establish their own institutions of higher learning.

This action comes against a wider picture of persecution of the Iranian Bahá’í community that has included arbitrary executions, unjustified imprisonment, the confiscation of property, and severe restrictions on freedom of religious practice and worship. Since the Islamic government came to power, more than 200 Bahá’ís have been killed, hundreds have been imprisoned, and thousands have had property or businesses confiscated, been fired from jobs, and/or have had pensions terminated. Bahá’í holy sites have been destroyed, the community’s elected administrative structure has been dismantled, and Bahá’ís have been denied a host of other rights, ranging from freedom of movement to simple inheritance rights.

Against that backdrop, the efforts of the Iranian government to deny Bahá’ís the right to education can only be seen as a coordinated effort to eradicate the Bahá’í community as a viable group within Iranian society.
Indeed, a careful examination of Iran’s persecution of the Bahá’í community reveals that the Iranian government has long sought specifically to completely block the “progress and development” of the community.

In the face of an international outcry over the most blatant elements of its oppressive behavior, the Iranian government has in recent years plainly acted to moderate its violations. The killing and imprisonment of Bahá’ís has largely been halted.

Yet any fair-minded reading of the situation reveals that the government has not abandoned its ultimate objective of destroying the Bahá’í community — and that it persists towards this goal while seeking trade and other forms of favorable treatment from the West.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the government’s continuing effort to prevent Bahá’ís from obtaining higher education.

With Loving Greetings,

Mona :)



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by Seagull (not verified) on

I hope you are well informed and not inadvertently excusing the very real and serious discrimination against the Bahais in Iran.
We do not know about your sister, but if you are not sure about the injustice, visit the pages i provided for xerxer.
Some of these students were actually expelled after having been admitted!


regard for the truth

by Seagull (not verified) on

we must show regard and acknowlege the truth, wherever it is, you know that!
You can visit this pages for related official documents on educational discrimination against Bahais.



Which university?

by Anonym (not verified) on

My sister is a Shia Moslem like me and she had all the qualifications for Tehran University. Unfortunately she was not admitted.

Did any of you try the Daneshgahe Azade Islami?



by Citizen of the world (not verified) on

You don't need to WONDER!!!
Pick up the phone and ask your friend Ramin and his situation.

How come I couldn't go to university???What about My husband??

everybody knows on university entrance forms you confronted by four boxes — one for each of the major religions in Iran, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism !!!!!

Should we lie about what we are??? Should we deny our identity????

When we're told;
"" Truthfulness is the foundation of all the virtues.""

say whatever you want to say,spread hate and cofusion but remeber this:

The best beloved of all things in My sight is JUSTICE
turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me.


I wonder

by XerXes (not verified) on

I wonder how Ramin, my Bahai friend got his MD from? He is a surgeon in Tehran.


Democracy for Iran!

by Naazokbin (not verified) on

The only option Iranians are left with is toppling the reactionary regime of the mullahs and establishing a democracy.


Curious JOE, IT simply said....

by Better future (not verified) on

A Bahá’í Youth, has NO chance of getting in university in Iran.

Curious Joe

But What Education?

by Curious Joe on


While I agree with your premise of "Everyone's Right to Education", I submit that we should define exactly what we mean by "Education". 

Please note that the following are also considered by many people on this planet as "Education":

- The Madresseh's in Western Pakistan where the kids are "educated" to become suicide bombers.- The "Educational Centers" in Qom (Iran), the Vatican, and the Hassidic Jewish Schools.  Believe me, all those fundamentalist ass-holes are "Educated" by a bunch of "Educators" with Doctorate Degrees.- The "Heritage Foundation" in the United States.  They are supposed to be "educated".  Their entire education = destruction and Armageddon = Either the Capitalists dominate the world, or they would unleash the entire nuclear arsenal of the United States -- against their own citizens, their own children, and themselves.

Please. Please. Before blindly pushing the concept of "Education", let's define exactly what it means.  Note that the whole concept can (and is) abused, as we are witnessing across the world.


Religion should be a personal choice not forced on people!!!

by Tahirih (not verified) on

A few, who are unaware of the reality below the surface of events, who cannot feel the pulse of the world under their fingers, who do not know what a massive dose of truth must be administered to heal this chronic old disease of falsehood, believe that the Faith can only be spread by the sword, and bolster their opinion with the Tradition, “I am a Prophet by the sword.
” If, however, they would carefully examine this question, they would see that in this day and age the sword is not a suitable means for promulgating the Faith, for it would only fill peoples’ hearts with revulsion and terror.
According to the Divine Law of Muḥammad, it is not permissible to compel the People of the Book to acknowledge and accept the Faith.
While it is a sacred obligation devolving on every conscientious believer in the unity of God to guide mankind to the truth, the Traditions “I am a Prophet by the sword” and “I am commanded to threaten the lives of the people until they say, ‘There is none other God but God’” referred to the idolaters of the Days of Ignorance, who in their blindness and bestiality had sunk below the level of human beings.

A faith born of sword thrusts could hardly be relied upon, and would for any trifling cause revert to error and unbelief.
Therefore systematic pressure on religious minorities in Iran to make them muslims will not produce true followers!


Now they can arrest you legally if you are not muslim anymore

by Anonymous123 (not verified) on

Soon this will be applied to all religious minorities:


What is happening to our dear Iran.



by Justice (not verified) on

Yes they did.

Ali P.

Sympathy with Bahai's

by Ali P. on

 As a reaction to the government's sansction against the Bahais, they set up their own educational centers a few uears ago. Do they still exist, open or underground, or did the IRI block that effort as well?

Mona 19

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

by Mona 19 on


Article 26.

(1) Everyone has the right to education. ..... Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.