January 2023 — SAR Senior Program Officer Daniel Munier and scholar Encieh Erfani, who resigned from her academic post at an Iranian university in September in protest, share their insights on EAIE’s podcast.
“On 16 September 2022, Mahsa Amini died after having been arrested in Tehran for not wearing her hijab in accordance with government rules. Months of ongoing protests followed, with the situation now reaching new heights, including Iran’s removal from the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the use of death penalty charges by Iranian courts to try and crush the protests.
There have been marches, protests, and get-togethers at higher education institutions all over the world to show support for Iran, but while Iranian students and academics want to fight for academic freedom and social justice, they are also afraid of jeopardising their careers and personal lives. How did we get here? What do these recent events in Iran mean for the freedom of scholars/academics globally? And what actions can be taken by the international community to show support?”
Listen to the full episode here.