Human Rights Campaigns

Education is not a crime is a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of the Baha’is in Iran. In Iran, Baha’i youth cannot continue their education. They are denied access to university. This oppression has been going in Iran since 1979.

In 1987, the Baha’i community in Iran established the BIHE (Baha’i Institute of Higher Education) to address the needs of the Baha’i youth for education. Since that time, anyone involved in this institution has been under threat of constant harassment, arrest, imprisonment, torture, and death.

To this day, Baha’i youth cannot attend university, a despicable act considering this is the 21st century. Countries around the world have been pressuring Iran to remove the limitations placed upon the Baha’is because of their beliefs for many years. And still the persecution continues.

For more information about this campaign, see the official website:
http://www.notacrime.me/the-story/

For a compilation of the oppressive acts that the Iranian government has taken over the years against the Baha’i community, visit:
http://news.bahai.org/human-rights/iran/education/

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Enough! Release the Baha’i 7 is a campaign to raise awareness of the situation of the Baha’is in Iran as a community. Not only does the Iranian government target the Baha’i youth, but since the beginning of the Baha’i Faith, it has targeted the community as a whole.

Seven Baha’i leaders were arrested in 2008 and imprisoned on fraudulent charges. They were put on trial without proper legal representation and given 20 years for doing nothing more than following the guidance of their religion. That sentence has now been reduced to 10 years, still far too long, especially considering that the age of these individuals range from 42 to 82.

While these individuals remain in prison, against all protests from the international community, Iran continues its persecution of the Baha’is. As recently as June, 2016, Baha’i businesses were shut and sealed by the government because their owners took one day off to observe a Baha’i Holy Day. Sadly, this is not an unusual act. The Iranian government has been committing acts of human rights violations for decades.

For updated information on the situation of the Baha’is in Iran, see the website:
https://www.bic.org/focus-areas/situation-iranian-bahais

For information about the seven Baha’i leaders, see my blog posts on the 2015 campaign #7Bahais7years: https://marthaurquhart.wordpress.com/category/7bahais7years/

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