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Panelists urge action following film screening

Keep talking. Make your voices heard. That was the message received by the more than 125 people who attended the screening of the Maziar Bahari film, To Light A Candle, at the UO’s Lillis Business Center on February 26.

Bahari’s film was a sobering reminder of the decades of oppression suffered by the Baha’i community in Iran. But it was also a powerful reminder of the resilience of that persecuted minority, and its determination to progress and even thrive, particularly by providing the best education possible to its young people.

Eugene supports inaugural international “Education Is Not a Crime” day

Around the world, local communities are coming together to host screenings of the documentary To Light a Candle, which highlights the Iranian government’s systematic efforts to eliminate the Baha’i faith in that nation. In Eugene, the film will be shown on Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m. at the Lillis Business Complex Room 182 on the UO campus.

Local human rights advocates join panel

Ibrahim Gassama, University of Oregon professor of International and Human Rights Law, and Dan Bryant, senior minister at Eugene’s First Christian Church and Executive Director for Opportunity Village Eugene, will be joining Shiva Sabet and Iraj Kamalabadi for a panel discussion following the screening of Maziar Bahari’s film, To Light a Candle, on Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m., at UO’s Lillis Business Complex.

The documentary film, which draws attention to the systematic efforts of the Iranian government to exterminate the Baha’i faith, focuses on that nation’s barring of Baha’is from higher education. In essence, this eliminates them from having the same prospects as their peers, and condemns them to lives lacking opportunity, lives of increasing hardship.

Woman's unjust imprisonment inspires her brother to speak out

Iraj Kamalabadi’s sister, Fariba, who is an educational psychologist and mother of three, was summarily arrested in Iran in the spring of 2008 along with six of her colleagues, solely because of their religious beliefs. Iraj is one of four panelists who will discuss the Education is Not a Crime campaign following the February 26 screening of the film To Light a Candle, which highlights one aspect of the Iranian government’s systematic efforts to eradicate the Baha’i faith.

Baha'i Institute for Higher Education alum to attend film screening

Shiva Sabet grew up in Iran, attended public schools and was an excellent student. Yet she was not allowed to continue her education at the university of her choice–or indeed, any public university in Iran—because the government in that nation has denied this basic right to her and other members of the Baha’i faith. This is just one step in the government’s systematic campaign to eliminate the Baha’is, Iran’s largest religious minority.

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