The undersigned members of the Board of Directors of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), a worldwide organization of academics, denounce the recent raids on homes and the imprisonment of faculty and administrators of the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) and demand the immediate release of the 12 faculty and staff members still imprisoned.
Iran’s actions with regard to Baha’i students and the faculty and staff of BIHE violate the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which recognizes “the right of everyone to education,” and access to higher education. Iran is a signatory of this Covenant and should be held responsible for the ongoing unlawful persecution of the Baha’i community.
We encourage faculty from around the world to endorse our demand for the immediate release of the imprisoned BIHE faculty and staff.
A petition will soon be released for signing, but SPME is requesting that faculty members from around the world and others who support this statement and initiative to write personal letters to the Iranian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, protesting the violations of human rights of the BIHE Faculty and Staff.
The contact information is:
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the United Nations
622 Third Ave. New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 687-2020 / Fax: (212) 867-7086
Stanley Dubinsky, Vice President External Relations, SPME; University of South Carolina
Judith Jacobson, Vice President Internal Relations, SPME; Columbia University
Edward S. Beck President Emeritus, SPME; Walden University
Leila Beckwith, UCLA
John Cohn, Thomas Jefferson Univerity
India Garnett, United Church of Christ, Central PA Synod
G.S. Don Morris, California Poly Tech Institute and Wingate Institute, IL
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, University of California-Santa Cruz
Philip Carl Salzman, McGill University
Ralf Schumann, Charite Berlin
Ernest Sternberg, University of Buffalo