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Iran: Baha'i Faith

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Labour, Sheffield, Heeley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent information he has received on denial of education in Iran to individuals and groups other than members of the Baha'i faith.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Access to higher education in Iran is noteworthy with roughly one in 20 Iranians in full-time university study, and over 60% of university attendants are female. This is to be commended, and every effort should be made by Iran to afford all citizens access to education without discrimination. Reports of discrimination, including on the basis of religion and ethnicity, are a serious concern which we have raised with the Iranian authorities.

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