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IRAN: Ministry declares Baha'i university illegal
The Baha'i Institute of Higher Education in Iran has been declared illegal by the Ministry of Science and Technology, reports Radio Ramaneh. The Iran Students' News Agency cited the ministry's announcement that "the online university BIHE has not received any ministry permits for operation, and all its activities are illegal".

Iranian security forces had previously shut down science and research facilities at the Baha'i Open University in Tehran and arrested a number of its staff in several cities. The international Baha'i community reported that at least 30 Baha'is were arrested on 22 May in Tehran, Karaj, Esfahan and Shiraz.

Iran's Baha'i community established the Baha'i Open University in 1987 to offer higher education to Baha'is, who face discrimination under the Islamic Republic system.
Full report on the Payvand news site
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