Against the Iranian Constitution, Islamic Penal Code, and International Conventions
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

In statements which have caused grave concern amongst Iranian human rights and social activists, Iranian Minister of Science, Research, and Technology, Kamran Daneshjoo, has said that only those can teach or study at universities who have proven commitment to Islam and velayat-e faghih. Therefore university students and faculty members who are studying or teaching at universities may lose their jobs or be deprived of continuing their education on grounds of their differing points of view and political ideas.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran believes that the Minister of Science’s remarks are completely against the principles expressed in the Iranian Constitution, and also in violation of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a signatory. Such statements demonstrate the intentions of a Minister inside Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s cabinet to deliberately violate the aforementioned laws, which can put many individuals’ lives in jeopardy and difficulty at Iranian universities. When it was suggested that the caliber of Iranian academia has been diminishing, he added: “We have sufficient caring people and we are able to push out those who do not share the same direction as the regime and this action will not embarrass us.”