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On February 27th Ireland is taking part in an international human rights movement as the first global day of action for the Education is not a Crime campaign gets underway…

 

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From Cork to Donegal Irish audiences are being invited to screenings of Maziar Bahari’s powerful documentary film, To Light a Candle, which tells the story of the Bahá’ís of Iran and their peaceful response to decades of state-sponsored persecution.  The Education is Not a Crime campaign features voices of support for Iran’s Bahá’ís from all around the world.  People like Irish Nobel Prize Mairéad Maguire and well known human rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu are calling for an end to this injustice.

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“The Iranian government says that education is a crime for Baha’is. But I want to tell you that we can change that – we can give voice on their behalf. We can tell the government of Iran, and the world, that banning the Baha’is or any group from higher education is hurting Iran and the Iranian people. Our bitter experience of apartheid demonstrates that discrimination of all types hurts us all. Iran’s government is denying its own people the services of thousands of Baha’i engineers, doctors, and artists, who could help Iran, Iranians and the world.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

10 Things You Can Do to Support This Global Human Rights Campaign

i) Watch out for news of this event in your town.

ii) Get more information about Irish events email informationoffice@bahai.ie

iii) Learn more about this campaign nationally and internationally – Education is Not a Crime 

iv) Learn about the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education – BIHE – A True Story 

v) Learn more about Maziar Bahari and the film – The Story Behind ‘To Light A Candle’ (or why a non-Baha’i journalist made a film about Baha’is in Iran)

vi) ​Go onto Facebook and Like Education is Not a Crime

vii) Follow the international campaign on Twitter – @eduisnotacrime

viii) Follow the Irish campaign on Twitter – @bahaisofireland

ix) Visit Baha’is of Ireland Facebook page for updates of events around the country

x) Make a video on your phone and upload it on your own Twitter account (#educationisnotacrime) or send it to Education is Not a Crime

Watch this space… 

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