Signed petition cards made their way to the Iranian Ambassador to Ireland last week in the aftermath of the Dublin screening of To Light a Candle, the seminal film by Canadian Iranian film maker, Maziar Bahari which highlights human rights abuses in Iran. The cards, signed by the audience at the screening, express support for the Education is Not a Crime campaign, drawing attention to the fact that Baháís in Iran are denied access to third level education.
“As well as the cards people also made video clips expressing their views,” said Ligia McGill, one of the organisers of the Trinity College screening on February 27th.
Senator David Norris was the keynote speaker at the event, and he was joined by Dublin TD Maureen O’Sullivan. Both politicians expressed their great admiration of and affection for the people of Iran but deplored the policies of an administration that discriminates so cruelly against the adherents of a religion which harms nobody.
Remarking that in depriving Bahá’ís of a third level education the Iranian authorities are impoverishing society by denying it the opportunity to benefit from the skills and intelligence of a large number of its people, Senator Norris said that he heartily with Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s opinion on this matter.