The Coast News Group

North County Baha’i addresses human rights abuses

CARLSBAD — North County Baha’i invites the community to join them for the showing of a 30-minute documentary, “Education Under Fire” to be screened at 6:30 p.m June 28 at the Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane.This documentary tells the story of the Baháí Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) established in 1987 to give Baháí students access to higher education – a right that was and continues to be denied by the Iranian government. After the screening, there will be a panel discussion with BIHE graduates who are now studying or working throughout San Diego.

Co-sponsored by Amnesty International, “Education Under Fire” documents the ongoing persecution suffered by followers of the Baháí faith in Iran, and the story of how BIHE was created to give young Baháís their only chance for a university-level education.

Join panelist Niknaz Aftahi, a San Diego resident and a BIHE graduate on her way to UC Berkeley.

“UC Berkeley has recognized my underground education. Thanks to the freedom of speech we have here in the U.S., I can speak for the Baha’i youth who are suffering in Iran.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about “Education Under Fire” visit If you have questions regarding the screening, contact Celia Taghdiri at [email protected].