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. Click here for archived appeals of cases that SAR previously conducted advocacy on behalf of. 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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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, convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison on charges of espionage. She and her colleagues were arrested in January 2018 while conducting field research.

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Patrick George Zaki, Egypt
Patrick George Zaki is a postgraduate student at the University of Bologna, who is detained in Egypt in apparent retaliation for his peaceful human rights research.

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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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Tashpolat Tiyip, China
Dr. Tashpolat Tiyip, a renowned scholar of geography and former president of Xinjiang University, is suspected to be at risk of execution as he nears the end of the two-year reprieve of his death sentence.

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