Galway doctor Sean Conroy has called for the recognition by Irish universities of the third level qualifications offered by an underground Bahá’í College in Iran. Stating that this would provide moral support to the persecuted Bahá’í community, Dr. Conroy added that it would be ‘symbolic of Ireland’s support for the right to education on human rights and health grounds.’
He was speaking at a meeting to support the ‘Education is Not a Crime’ campaign, a global movement to highlight the fact that thousands of Bahá’í youth in Iran are denied access to education on religious grounds.
Backed by Nobel prize winners Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Ireland’s Mairead Maguire, the campaign received a boost in Ireland when the film To Light a Candle was premiered here. This documentary, the work of journalist and film maker Maziar Bahari, draws attention to the plight of Bahá’ís in Iran. That country’s single biggest religious minority, Bahá’ís have been systematically persecuted since the religion was founded over 150 years ago.