Galway will take part in the global day of action for the Education Is Not A Crime campaign by screening the documentary To Light A Candle tomorrow at 7.30pm in the Salthill Hotel.
The screening is organised by the Galway Bahá’í community. Education Is Not A Crime aims to highlight the current situation faced by members of the Bahá’í faith in Iran, where, since the early 1980s, they have been barred from third level education.
To Light A Candle was made by Canadian-Iranian Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari. Although not a Bahá’í himself Bahari has a spent some time in prison in Iran as a prisoner of conscience. “For me the Bahá’ís are a barometer for what’s going on in Iran,” he said. “When society is more repressed, it’s the Bahá’ís who are the first victims.”Education is Not a Crime is supported by Nobel Laureates like Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mairéad Maguire as well as writers, actors, and human rights activists.
All are welcome to the screening and admission is free.