Posts Tagged ‘discrimination’

Eye on the revolution: Natacha Chirazi, a Bahai view


نشر هذا الحوار 1 ابريل 2013 فى موقع الاهرام اون لاين


In this ten-part series, Ahram Online asks those who took part in January 25 revolution what they make of Egypt’s current political situation two years after Mubarak’s ouster




نشرت الشبكة الاسلامية للدفاع عن  البهائيين هذا الخبر الجمعة 30 نوفمبر 2012

Much has changed in Egypt, but much has stayed the same. On November 30th Egyptian education minister Ibramim Ghanem gave an interview to the Egyptian newspaper al-Sabah. Amidst talks of Egypt’s changing education policy, one question affirmed the long standing legacy of marginalized minority religions such as the Baha’i faith across Egyptian society.

The newspaper asked:

“ما موقف الوزارة من ابناء من يعتنقون الديانة البهائية وهل لهم الحق في الالتحاق بمدارسها؟”
What is the position of the ministry regarding the right of Baha’is to enroll their children [as Baha’is] in school?

His response was:

“قانون الدولة وفق الأحوال المدنية لا يعترف سوى بثلاث ديانات ,البهائية  ليست منها  ولذا فأبناؤها ليس لهم الحق في الالتحاق بمدارس الوزارة.”
State law in accordance with government procedures only recognizes three religions, and the Baha’i faith is not among them. Thus their children do not have the right to register in government schools.

 With these short lines the Minister of Education confirmed not his dedication to the well being of all children but his dedication to the discriminatory policies of the Egyptian government that has lasted well beyond the Mubarak regime. Baha’is in Egypt are not allowed to obtain identification cards that accurately reflect their faith, and thus their ability to register in basic social institutions such as schools without breaking a core tenet of their faith is severely compromised. The problem of identification cards was the inspiration behind a satirical video that revealed the hypocrisy of Egypt’s reputation versus its reality.

It is highly telling that the Egyptian policy of deep-rooted discrimination is reflected even these short lines from a casual interview. In order to truly reform in a more democratic direction, the Egyptian government must reform these laws that keep Egypt’s religious minorities on the margins.

اين حقوق المواطنة وحرية الاعتقاد


فى حواره اليوم 30 نوفمبر بجريدة الصباح ص 9 وزير التربية والتعليم يقول: لا يحق لابناء البهائيين الالتحاق بمدارس الوزارة لاننا نعترف بالديانات الثلاث فقط. ,نشر ايضا بموقع اخبار التعليم 


Trial of seven Iranian Baha’i leaders appears to have ended


 June 2010

NEW YORK — The trial of seven Baha’i leaders imprisoned for more than two years in Iran seems to have come to a conclusion after three days of successive court hearings.

The seven appeared in Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran on the morning of Saturday, 12 June and returned to Evin Prison shortly after noon.

The Court was reconvened the next day, as well as this morning.

“We can confirm that a court session was held today in Tehran,” said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations, “and it seems from what we have heard that the trial itself has now concluded. But we have no further information at this time.”

The defendants are Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Mahvash Sabet, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm.