Baha'i educational programme targeted in raids
23-May-2011 (2 comments)

— A coordinated series of raids have been carried out on the homes of several Iranian Baha'is, active in a community initiative to provide a higher education programme for young members who are barred from university.

Reports indicate that raids took place on Saturday 21 May on as many as 30 homes in Tehran, Karaj, Isfahan, and Shiraz. It is now understood that some 14 Baha’is have been arrested.

"All of the targets were homes of individuals closely involved with the operations of the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education," said Diane Ala'i, representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations in Geneva.

The Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) was established in 1987 as a community initiative to meet the educational needs of young Baha'is who have been systematically denied access to higher education by the Iranian government. The BIHE has been described by the New York Times as "an elaborate act of communal self-preservation."

Ali Najafi

Raids on Baha'i Homes

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On the eve of a festive Baha'i holy day, the Iranian government is once again targeting the Baha'i community. Raids and arrests were conducted on Baha'is connected with the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education. The Islamic government doesn't allow Baha'is to attend universities and now they are targeting a community-led initiative to educate young Baha'is in areas related to the humanities, math, the sciences, and classical literature. When will this cruelty and oppression end?


Ali Najafi

ICHRI Statement

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The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) has issued a statement on the raid and arrests of the Baha'is.


Also, the following is a link to the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) website. The site explains the courses being taught and the approach.