Additional and Past Advocacy Actions

Scholars at Risk undertakes Action Campaigns and Alerts on behalf of scholars still under threat in their home countries—such as those suffering prosecution on improper or false charges or wrongfully imprisoned—as well as against widespread threats to an entire faculty, university, or system.

The table below documents scholars who are currently detained or facing charges, suffering threats, or missing, as well as scholars who have experienced such threats in the past.

To take action on behalf of one of these scholars, please click on the most recent Take Action date in their row. SAR welcomes additional information and updates regarding these cases as well as offers to assist SAR with organizing advocacy efforts. Please contact SAR to learn more about these scholars.

NameCountryFieldRisk/statusTake Action
Abdolfattah SoltaniIranHuman RightsImprisoned2012-06-20
Abdolreza GhanbariIranPersian LiteratureReleased 2012-03-14
Abdul Jalil Al-SingaceBahrainMechanical EngineeringImprisoned 2017-02-22 (ACTIVE)
2015-11-25
2015-11-17
2015-04-29
2012-09-05
2012-08-09
2012-04-27
2011-06-22
2011-03-18
2010-10-14
2010-08-27
Abraha DestaEthiopiaPolitical ScienceReleased2014-07-23
Ahmadreza DjalaliIranDisaster Medicine Imprisoned 2017-07-21 (ACTIVE)
2017-02-03
Ahmad QatameshPalestinePolitical ScienceImprisonedContact us
Ai WeiweiChinaArtistReleased2011-04-27
Ales BialiatskiBelarusLiteratureOn paroleContact Us
Alexander SodiqovTajikistanConflict ResolutionReleased2014-06-24
Alyaksandr FyadutaBelarusUnknownReleased2011-02-01
Amr HamzawyEgyptPolitical ScienceFacing charges2014-03-12
Angel Zerpa AponteVenezuelaLawImprisonedContact us
Aziz BariMalaysiaLawUnder Investigation2011-10-28
Azmi SharomMalaysiaLawAcquitted2014-09-11
Bahareh HedayatIranEconomicsReleasedContact us
Befikadu HailuEthiopiaOrganizational LearningReleased2014-05-05
Bekele GerbaEthiopiaEnglish LanguageImprisoned2017-11-01 (ACTIVE)
2017-03-15
Bela BhatiaIndiaSociologyViolent threats2017-02-02 (ACTIVE)
Busra ErsanliTurkeyPolitical ScienceFacing charges2013-05-14
2012-09-27
2011-11-09
Candan BademTurkeyHistoryFacing chargesContact us
Chayan Vaddhanaphuti et al.ThailandN/AFacing charges2017-08-17 (ACTIVE)
Coskun MuslukTurkeyInternational RelationsFacing chargesContact us
Cui WeipingChinaFilm StudiesTravel Ban2010-03-26
Domingos Da CruzAngolaLaw/Human RightsReleased, facing charges2016-06-21 (ACTIVE)
Emadeddin BaghiIranJournalismReleased2010-12-06
2010-09-27
2010-06-25
2010-04-19
Esra MunganTurkeyPsychologyFacing chargesContact us
Feng ChongyiChinaChina StudiesTravel Ban2017-03-29 (ACTIVE)
2017-03-29
Ferah ArmutçuTurkeyMedicineImprisonedContact us
Giles Ji UngpakornThailandPolitical ScienceSelf-Exiled2009-02-12
Gokarakonda SaibabaIndiaEnglish LanguageImprisonedContact us
Gu ChuanChinaUnknownTravel Ban Lifted2012-04-10
Gunal KursunTurkeyLawFacing chargesContact us
Guo QuanChinaChinese LiteratureImprisoned Contact us
Guo YushanChinaLawReleasedContact us
Group of Thai ProfessorsThailandN/AFacing charges2015-11-23
Group of Thai Students (May 2017)ThailandN/AFacing charges2017-05-09 (ACTIVE)
Group of Thai Students (June 2016)ThailandN/AReleased, facing charges2016-06-30
Group of Thai Students (June 2015)ThailandN/AReleased, facing charges2015-06-26
Hadif Al OwaisUnited Arab EmiratesLawImprisoned 2012-11-30
Hamid BabaeiIranMarketing/FinanceImprisoned2017-01-24 (ACTIVE)
2015-03-12
2014-04-02
Homa HoodfarIranSocial AnthropologyReleased2016-06-20
2016-09-14
Ibrahim CerrahTurkeyPolice EthicsImprisonedContact us
Ilham TohtiChinaEconomicsImprisoned 2016-09-23 (ACTIVE)
2016-09-23
2014-11-21
2014-09-24
2014-06-19
2014-04-15
2014-01-21
2013-02-12
2009-07-24
Ismail AlexandraniEgyptPoliticsImprisoned2017-10-12 (ACTIVE)
2017-04-20
Jatupat "Pai" BoonpattararaksaThailandLawImprisoned2017-08-17 (ACTIVE)
2017-08-03
2017-02-16
2017-01-16
Kemal GuruzTurkeyChemical EngineeringReleased2013-08-06
2013-06-20
2012-12-20
2012-07-24
Khalil al-HalwachiBahrainElectrical EngineeringImprisoned2017-09-14 (ACTIVE)
2017-04-14
2017-03-21
2016-11-15
Kian TajbakkshIranUrban PlanningReleased2009-11-03
2009-07-24
Kivanc ErsoyTurkeyMathematicsFacing chargesContact us
Liu XiaoboChinaLiteratureDeceasedContact us
Lu JianhuaChinaSociologyImprisoned Contact us
Maâti MonjibMoroccoHistoryFacing charges2017-05-18
2015-10-28
Mahdi Abu DheebBahrainEducationReleasedContact us
Mahdi FahadIran ReligionReleasedContact us
Manuela PicqEcuadorHistoryDeported2015-10-20
2015-08-21
2015-08-17
Masaud JahromiBahrainEngineering/Computer ScienceDeported2016-03-03
2015-02-13
2011-12-20
2011-11-01
2011-08-16
Mehmet AltanTurkeyEconomicsImprisonedContact us
Mehmet YesilbasTurkeyPolitical Science/Public AdministrationImprisonedContact us
Meral CamciTurkeyTranslation StudiesFacing chargesContact us
Merera GudinaEthiopiaPolitical ScienceImprisoned2017-05-01 (ACTIVE)
2017-03-01
Mohamed NagyEgyptEconomics/Political ScienceReleased2016-05-23
Mohamed Zain Al-AbideenSudanN/AReleased2012-02-27
Mohammad Hossein Rafiee FanoodIranChemistryMedical parole2016-06-09 (ACTIVE)
2016-03-10
2015-11-09
Mohammad MalekiIranHuman RightsReleased (unconfirmed)Contact us
Mohammad al-QahtaniSaudi ArabiaEconomicsImprisoned Contact us
Mohammed Salah MohammedSudanN/AReleased2012-07-31
Mudawi Ibrahim AdamSudanEngineeringPardoned and releasedContact us
Muzaffer KayaTurkeySocial ServicesFacing chargesContact us
Nasrin SotoudehIranLawReleased2011-01-19
2010-10-01
Nasser bin GhaithUnited Arab EmiratesEconomicsImprisoned2016-12-15 (ACTIVE)
2016-08-24
2016-04-27
2015-08-26
2011-04-15
Natalia SharinaUkraineLibrary ScienceHouse ArrestContact Us
Omid KokabeeIranPhysicsReleased on parole2016-04-19 (ACTIVE)
2012-12-03
2012-05-24
2011-07-21
Pham Minh HoangVietnamMathematicsHouse Arrest 2011-10-04
2011-07-27
2010-09-03
Pinar SelekTurkeyPolitical ScienceSentence overturned2013-02-28
Ragip ZarakoluTurkeyHuman RightsFacing chargesContact us
Ramazan KayıkcıTurkeyEngineeringImprisonedContact us
Ramin ZibaeiIranPsychologyReleased2011-10-31
2011-08-29
Sadegh ZibakalamIranPolitical ScienceFacing chargesContact us
Santiago GuevaraVenezuelaEconomicsImprisoned2017-09-28 (ACTIVE)
2017-03-09
Sebnem Korur FincanciTurkeyMedicineFacing chargesContact us
Sedat LaçinerTurkeyInternational RelationsImprisonedContact us
Sergei VizirRussiaEconomicsImprisoned Contact us
Serkan GolgeTurkeyPhysicsImprisonedContact us
Seyoum TeshomeEthiopiaManagementReleased2016-10-20 (ACTIVE)
Sheikha al-JassemKuwaitPhilosophyCharges droppedContact us
Shi LinChinaArtFacing chargesContact us
Sidig Noreen Ali AbdallaSudan[unavailable] ImprisonedContact us
Stella NyanziUgandaAnthropologyReleased, facing charges2017-04-25 (ACTIVE)
Suren GazaryanRussiaEnvironmental ActivismFacing chargesContact us
Svyatoslav BobyshevRussiaGas Dynamics, ChemistryImprisoned 2010-10-26
Turkey's Higher Education SectorTurkeyVariousImprisonment, loss of position, and travel bans2017-07-13 (ACTIVE)
2016-08-20 (SAR's Letter)
Vedat DemirTurkeyCommunicationsReleased, facing chargesContact us
Vedat LaçinerTurkeyLawImprisonedContact us
Xiyue WangUSAHistoryImprisonedContact us
Yassin ZiadehSyriaN/AReleased2011-10-06
Yevgeny AfanasyevRussiaGas Dynamics, ChemistryDeceased while imprisoned2010-10-26
Zelalem KibretEthiopiaLawReleased2014-05-05