Media Briefing: Education discrimination in Iran leads to creative use of technology by Baha’i online university | Freedom House

Media Briefing: Education discrimination in Iran leads to creative use of technology by Baha’i online university

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

1301 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20036

Freedom House and the Baha’i External Affairs Office in Washington cordially invite you to a media briefing:


"Education discrimination in Iran leads to creative use of technology by Bahai online university"
 
With looming court dates for eight Baha’i educators charged with conspiracy in Iran, three Iranian Baha’is living in the U.S. will visit Washington, D.C., Sept. 12-13, to discuss the group’s response to government policies that exclude Baha’is from post-secondary studies. The three witnesses have strong ties to the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), which Iran’s Ministry of Science, Research and Technology declared illegal in June, according to a report by the state-run Iran Student News Agency. The delegation hopes to raise international pressure calling for the release of the Institute’s imprisoned faculty and staff, most of whom were taken into custody during government raids on May 22, 2011. The prisoners now face stiff charges of conspiracy against the Islamic Republic and their trials are expected to commence while the delegation is in Washington.
Featuring:

David Kramer, President of Freedom House
Andrew Apostolou, Senior Program Manager, Freedom House
Anthony Vance, Director of External Affairs for the Baha’is of the United States
Niknaz Aftahi, San Diego resident and recent graduate of the institute’s new architectural program

Mahtab Mortezaei Farid, George Mason University graduate whose father was arrested in the May 22nd raids in Iran the same day as her graduation ceremony in Virginia
Behrooz Sabet, BIHE administrator who coordinated American and Canadian online instructors from his base in Louisville, KY

All media, organizations and public welcome.

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