“Most people are outraged that such a thing could be happening in this day and age,” said Galway girl Sahar Rahmani, describing the reaction of the public when they hear that young students in Iran are systematically denied access to third level education.
A graduate of UCG herself, Sahar recently featured on local radio in her attempts to draw attention to the human rights violations against her co-religionists in Iran, members of the Bahá’í Faith, who have been systematically persecuted in that country – tortured, imprisoned and denied basic human rights such as access to a university education. This discrimination is the reason for a new, global campaign – Education is Not a Crime – which is drawing support from people as distinguished as Archbishop Demond Tutu and Irish Nobel Prize winner Mairéad Maguire.
Welcoming the screening of the film To Light a Candle which highlights the state-led persecution against the Bahá’ís in Iran, Irish born and bred Sahar proudly described how the Bahá’í community in Galway has been joined by a host of friends and supporters as they prepare to participate in the Education is Not a Crime global day of action. Screening the film is part of that day of action, and the Galway screening, to which all are welcome, will also afford the opportunity to chat informally afterwards about the film and about the plight of the Bahá’is in Iran.
The fifty-minute screening is scheduled for Salthill Hotel at 7.30 on Friday, February 27th and will be followed by refreshments. All are welcome and admission is free.