Posted by: becketfund | July 31, 2007

Iran: Bahá’í Students Now Barred from Vocational, Technical Schools

Bahá’í World News Service reports that Bahá’í students now face difficulties in entering Iran’s vocational and technical institutes, as prospective students are, as of 2007, required to identify their religious affiliation on their entrance examination. Students may choose to identify themselves as Christian, Jewish or Zoroastrian – there is no option for Bahá’í – and in the case that they leave the form blank, they will be considered Muslim. The present system means that Bahá’í students will be unable to undertake vocational or technical training this year without “a de facto denial of their faith”, according to Bani Dugal, the Bahá’í Community’s main representative to the United Nations.

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