To my readership, the following may be “preaching to the choir” but since the author is a unique individual, it merits wider circulation.
Below is an excerpt from an article written by Ahmad Batebi. The translation is by our very own Ahang Rabbani.
“From the first hours of 27 July 2008, the results of the nationwide university entrance examination were available on the official website of the National Organization for Educational Assessment.
However, after entering their personal data on the registration website, most of the Bahai applicants were confronted with the strange system response, â€?incomplete fileâ€?. At present there are no exact statistics on how many Baha’i applicants have been rejected on the base of â€?incomplete fileâ€?; in light of the imprisonment of the leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran, perhaps such statistics will never become available through official means.
However, â€?incomplete fileâ€? is the most perplexing response to student applicants in place of an actual diploma. This is because if the file of a student is indeed missing some important piece of information such that that he is disqualified from receiving a diploma, then according to the regulations of the Organization for Assessment that student is disbarred from participation in the national examination, and under no circumstances would a permit card be issued for him to attend such an entrance exam.
Article 30 of the Islamic Republicâ€™s constitution requires the government to provide all citizens with free education up to secondary school, and to expand free higher education to the extent required by the country for attaining self-sufficiency.
However, after the Islamic Revolution we have persistently witnessed that nearly all Bahai students have been expelled from Iranâ€™s institutions of higher learning because of their religion, and none were permitted to attend universities.”
Read the complete article here…
“I wish each and every Iranian could travel abroad, come to the U.S. or go to Europe, for just one week, and feel, smell, and breathe freedom, human dignity, and realize the value of their lives.”
I echo Batebi’s wishes, especially for my fellow Baha’is. Leave the despotic, decaying ruin that is present day Iran. A whole world awaits you.
Here is Batebi talking with the BBC about his time in jail and his escape: