Members of the Baha\’i Faith in Iran have been persecuted since the Faith began there in the mid 1800s. The animosity of the government and religious authorities has run from barely tolerant in the last decades of the Shah\’s rule to having the extermination of the Baha\’is being a central goal of the 1970s revolution. News was made late last year of the discovery of an official government document describing a policy of expulsion for students in Iranian universities found to be Baha\’is. This memo was remarkable because of it\’s clarity and because it had been viewed by so many government members, each of whom signed that they had read it.
Today even more repulsive news has been published. Over 150 reports of insult, mistreatment and even physical violence have been reported this year.
The victims: schoolchildren.
The perpetrators: teachers and school administrators.
Here\’s the article from the Baha\’i World News Service in New York.
NEW YORK, 5 April 2007 (BWNS) — Baha\’i students in primary and secondary schools throughout Iran are increasingly being harassed, vilified, and held up to abuse, according to recent reports from inside the country.
During a 30-day period from mid-January to mid-February, some 150 incidents of insults, mistreatment, and even physical violence by school authorities against Baha\’i students were reported as occurring in at least 10 Iranian cities.