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Education Under Fire – A Focus on a Human Rights Abuse

posted Apr 6, 2012, 10:06 AM by Fort Wayne LSA   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 5:11 PM by Irina Rahimi ]

You are invited to attend a viewing of a 30-minute documentary video (co-presented by Amnesty International) and an action-oriented discussion regarding a human rights abuse issue on 

Monday, April 16, at IPFW, 

Liberal Arts Building, Room 159, 

starting at 6:00 pm.  

The program is about Education Under Fire (EUF), an international campaign to direct attention to the inalienable right of every human being to an education.  EUF specifically focuses on the oppression of Iranian youth who are being denied their education and the imprisonment of teachers and administrators of this education program, simply because they were teaching Baha’is.  This is a direct conflict with Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees education as an inalienable right of every human being.   


This program is co-sponsored by the IPFW Department of Peace and Conflict Studies (contact, Patrick Ashton, Ph.D.), Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, and the Fort Wayne Baha’i Community.  The discussion following the viewing will be facilitated by Dr. Patrick Ashton, Director of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPFW) and Dr William Smits, M.D. 


Nobel Peace laureates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Jose Ramos-Horta of East Timor have taken on ownership of this campaign and have thrown their influence and consciences behind it by writing open letters to the international academic community.   

Please click onto website  to become aware of grievances and ways to be supportive.  One of the main goals is to obtain 25,000 petitions to present to Iran by May 2012, the anniversary of Iran's attack on the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE).  You can submit your signature for this petition at this website.  By doing so, you will help shed light on the importance of protecting the right to education and access to information for all the peoples of the world.