Canadian professors highlight Iran’s campaign to deny Baha’i minority an education

From People of Shambhala.

Sara Mahoubi, a Baha'i student detained in 2010 for education rights activities.

Allan Rock (president of the University of Ottawa) and Lloyd Axworthy (president of the University of Winnipeg) have an article in the Huffington Post today in support of the Baha’is in Iran, who have long suffered persecution under the regime.

Professors Rock and Axworthy suggest that, with attention shifting to Egypt and other countries (due to the Arab Spring and the Islamist Winter), we should not forget about Iran’s human rights abuses. “Prominent among Iranian victims of hidden but unrelenting persecution,” they note, “are members of the Baha’i faith, Iran’s largest non-Muslim religious minority.”

As they note, “Hundreds more have been thrown into prison solely because of their beliefs. Baha’i businesses have been routinely shut down. Their cemeteries have been desecrated.”

Only the most recent event, The Human Rights House of Iran is currently reporting that at 6 AM on 19 December, officers from the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence, conducted simultaneous raids of Baha’I homes in Sanandaj. After “massive search of these houses, [the officers] went on to… read more.

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