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Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Mohammad Shabahati Denied The Right To Education

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Human Rights in Iran – Friday, September 16, 2022 – Student activist Mohammad Shabahati was denied the right to continue his education after submitting documents and enrolling for the university’s new semester.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, quoting the Student Guild Council of Iran, over the past few days, Mohammad Shabahati, a student activist and former member of the Guild Council of Babol Nooshirvani University of Technology and current undergraduate anthropology student at Tehran University, faced problems (defects in documents)in University of Tehran’s comprehensive educational system and was prevented from continuing his studies.

The title (defect in the documents) for this student activist has been announced while he was previously condemned by Disciplinary Committee of the University of Tehran to (written warning with insertion in the student file), (written reprimand with insertion in the file) and (receiving damages).

The aforementioned verdict was issued against Mohammad Shabahati after holding a football game between male and female students, which is referred to as (inflicting damage to public property) and (non-observance of student dignity).

It should be noted that Mohammad Shabahati was sentenced to five years in prison by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court in November 2020, in absentia, on charges of “assembly and collusion with the intent to disrupt national security”.

All proceedings in this case, such as arraignment, indictment, hearing and sentencing, were conducted without the knowledge of Mohammad Shabahati, in absentia.

Following the confiscation of one of the bank cards of this trade unionist by the ATM of the bank and following up on the cause of this incident through the bank, it was revealed that on September 22, 2020, a letter from Branch 1 of the implementation of the sentences of the Evin Prison Prosecutor’s Office, chaired by Mohammad Mehdi Borra’eh was sent to the bank to block all bank accounts of Mohammad Shabahati.

The crackdown on student and trade unionists is a suppression of freedom of expression and violates Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966, which emphasizes the right of individuals to freely disseminate their political and ideological views and opinions.

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