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Deprivation of education for Adib Vali, a Baha’i citizen living in Karaj

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Human Rights in Iran – Wednesday, July 8, 2020 / Adib Vali, a 15-year-old Baha’i citizen residing in Karaj, was barred from enrolling in school and continuing his education due to his belief in the Baha’i Faith.

According to Human Rights in Iran, today, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, officials at Alborz High School in Karaj prevented the registration of Adib Vali, a 15-year-old Baha’i student living in the city, because of his belief in the Baha’i Faith. The Baha’i citizen was barred from studying while the teenager was banned from continuing his education with a very high point average and good grades.

According to the report, Adib Vali was informed via a phone call by the school principal that he had been banned from continuing his education at the Salam School Complex in Karaj due to his belief in the Baha’i Faith.

This Baha’i student completed the first year of high school with a grade point average 19/82 out of 20, but due to his belief in the Baha’i Faith and according to the pre-filled registration forms, school officials notified the issue. The teenager’s beliefs prevented him from enrolling and continuing his education in the tenth grade as a Baha’i citizen.

Adib Vali is one of the students with a very high IQ, who was previously recognized as a young researcher by winning the third place in Amirkabir University of Technology, and in the seventh course of the Fira International Robotics Competition in the idea of creativity league, he was able to achieve a valuable position on the subject of “water crisis management and air pollution”.

Deprivation of education for Baha’i citizens continues as the Minister of Education recently announced a ban on the education of students who follow another religions besides the country’s official religions. The remarks of the Minister of Education prompted the reaction of Baha’i international community, many citizens, Baha’i students and Mohammad Sadeghi, a former MP.

Also more than 10 years ago, the workplace of Payam Vali, the father of this Baha’i teenager was closed by government and Law Enforcement agents because of his belief in the Baha’i Faith, and his business did not reopen after more than a decade of continuous pursuit.

According to the circular of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, Baha’i citizens are among the followers of non-citizenship religious in Iran. The suppression of these citizens includes: sealing the place of business, deprivation of the right to education from primary schools to higher education, destruction of their cemeteries as well as other holy sites and the widespread deprivations that these citizens struggle with.

The repression of Baha’is of Iran violates International Human Rights Instruments, including Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Articles 18 and 19 of this authoritative interpretation document, as well as Article 18 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which in these 2 Articles there is an obvious emphasis on individuals’ right to practice religious rites, as well as propaganda and religious instructions, both in private or public approach.

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