Scholars in Prison Project

Scholars at Risk coordinates advocacy activities on behalf of scholars and students wrongfully imprisoned—as well as against widespread threats to an entire faculty, university, or system. Learn more about the Scholars in Prison Project.

Abdulqadir Jalaleddin, China
Professor Abdulqadir Jalaleddin is a prominent Uyghur academic and writer, who was taken into custody in January 2018 and has been held at a re-education camp ever since.

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Abdul Jalil Al-Singace, Bahrain
Dr. Abdul Jalil Al-Singace is a Bahraini scholar of mechanical engineering sentenced to life in prison and has been denied access to appropriate medical care.

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Amaya Eva Coppens, Nicaragua
Amaya Eva Coppens is a fifth-year medical student who was detained in apparent retaliation for her participation in a nationwide protest movement.

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Hatoon Al-Fassi, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Hatoon Al-Fassi is an associate professor of women’s history and one of the several women’s rights activists detained by Saudi Authorities in June 2018 for protesting the ban on women driving.

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Ilham Tohti, China
Professor Ilham Tohti is a public intellectual and economics professor. He was convicted on charges of separatism and sentenced to life in prison in September 2014.

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Nasser bin Ghaith, United Arab Emirates
Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith is a prominent economist and former lecturer at the University of Paris IV Abu Dhabi who was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison after publicly calling for political reform.

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Niloufar Bayani, Iran
Niloufar Bayani is a researcher, conservationist, and scholar, who was arrested in January 2018 on charges of espionage while conducting field research.

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Peace Petition Scholars, Turkey
A growing number of scholars in Turkey face criminal charges and have been prosecuted solely as a result of the nonviolent expression of ideas; specifically having signed a petition in January 2016.

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Rahile Dawut, China
Professor Rahile Dawut is a world-renowned scholar of Uyghur studies who reportedly disappeared in China in December 2017.

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Xiyue Wang, Iran
Xiyue Wang is a Princeton University PhD candidate who specializes in late 19th and early 20th-century Eurasian history and has been arbitrarily imprisoned in Iran since 2016.

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