We are currently seeking nominations for the 2018 Scholars at Risk Courage to Think Award, which will be presented at the Scholars at Risk Network 2018 Global Congress in Berlin on April 25, 2018. The Courage to Think Award recognizes individuals, groups or
According to family sources, an Iranian court has confirmed the death sentence of Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, a scholar of disaster medicine who was convicted and sentenced on October 21, in apparent retaliation for his peaceful exercise of the right to
On December 7, 2017, Patrice Nganang, a scholar of comparative literature at Stony Brook University (SUNY Stony Brook), was reportedly denied exit from Cameroon and arrested by state authorities, in apparent retaliation for an article he wrote criticizing the Cameroonian
Scholars at Risk has issued a letter of appeal in support of scholars being prosecuted for their endorsement of the "Academics for Peace" petition.
Brussels, Belgium — In a letter dated November 13, 2017, the European University Association (EUA) has called on Iranian authorities to reverse the death sentence against Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali and to ensure his timely release. Dr. Djalali, an Iranian-born resident
Scholars at Risk has called on Egyptian authorities to drop all charges against Dr. Ismail Serageldin, an internationally renowned scholar librarian and former director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA). Dr. Serageldin was sentenced to a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence on July 31, 2017,
Scholars at Risk welcomes reports that Professor Bekele Gerba has been granted release on bail after nearly two years of detention, and calls on Ethiopian authorities to drop any charges against him.
Scholars at Risk is gravely concerned by reports that Ahmadreza Djalali, a scholar of disaster medicine, has been sentenced to death in Iran. Dr. Djalali is a permanent resident of Sweden, affiliated with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and the
Scholars at Risk has called on Ethiopian authorities to release and drop all charges against Dr. Merera Gudina, a former professor of political science at Addis Ababa University and the chair of of the Oromo Federalist Congress. Dr. Gudina was arrested
Scholars at Risk has released Free to Think 2017, an annual report analyzing 257 reported attacks on higher education communities in 35 countries, from September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2017.
Remarks by Robert Quinn, Executive Director, Scholars at Risk Network, on the occasion of the 2017 Anne Frank Special Recognition Award presented by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the U.S.A. at the Library of Congress, Washington
Scholars at Risk (SAR) is gravely concerned over the conviction and sentencing of Ismail Serageldin, retired founding director of the Library of Alexandria, a renowned intellectual, and an advocate for science and scholarship, on charges that appear to have been
Seventy years ago, “The Diary of Anne Frank” introduced the world to an unforgettable voice. Through her diary, Anne Frank illustrated how education engaged and sustained her while she lived in hiding as a refugee in the Netherlands during World
Washington, D.C. — A coalition of human rights advocacy groups has called on members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate the United States Customs and Immigration Service’s announcement that it intends to deny Syrian writer, scholar, and human rights
When the Assad government wanted to silence them, Naila Al-Atrash, a theatre director, Radwan Ziadeh, an intellectual, and Sana Mustafa, a student organizer, refused to stop making their voices heard. They organized, they protested, they made art. Editors Adam Braver
Scholars at Risk mourns the passing of Liu Xiaobo, a scholar of literature, writer, human rights defender, democracy advocate , and a Nobel Laureate, wrongfully imprisoned in China since 2008.
Today, a coalition of five human rights organizations expressed grave concern over the lack of due process rights and inhumane treatment of Khalil Al-Halwachi, a Bahraini scholar of engineering and an activist, who has been convicted and sentenced to ten
Representatives from universities across Finland convened in Vaasa on May 8, 2017 to launch the Finnish section of Scholars at Risk (SAR). SAR is an international network of more than 460 higher education institutions in 35 countries working to protect
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates should immediately release Ahmed Mansoor, an award-winning human rights defender who is facing charges that violate his right to freedom of expression, a coalition of 18 human rights organizations said today, one month after
SAR has joined seven Venezuelan higher education and human rights partners in an open letter to state authorities, expressing grave concern over the use of force against student protesters, which recently resulted in the death of one student.
Scholars at Risk (SAR) has filed a submission to the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review (UPR), expressing grave concern over threats to Pakistan’s academic freedom and the ability of its higher education space to function in a safe, free, and
Scholars at Risk (SAR) has issued a letter to Hungarian authorities expressing concern over proposed legislative amendments that apparently target Central European University (CEU). If passed, these changes would threaten CEU’s existence as well as academic freedom and institutional autonomy
Thursday March 30th marks the 100th day of imprisonment of Professor Istar Gozaydin, lately Chair of the Department of Sociology at Turkey’s Gediz University.
A coalition of ten human rights organizations today urged the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Dr Nasser Bin Ghaith.
Scholars at Risk held its first-ever Student Advocacy Day at New York University’s Washington, D.C. campus, convening students and faculty participating in SAR’s Student Advocacy Seminars at Bard College, Bard College Berlin, Fairfield University, Hunter College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Roger Williams University, and
Scholars at Risk (SAR) has joined five Venezuelan higher education and human rights groups in calling on the authorities to release and protect the rights of wrongfully detained scholar of economics Santiago Guevara. Professor Guevara, a prominent economist at the University of
Registration is now open for the 2018 SAR Global Congress. Join us in Berlin for the Scholars at Risk Network 2018 Global Congress, jointly convened by Scholars at Risk, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and Freie Universität Berlin. Register here. PROGRAM
Scholars at Risk (SAR) has called on Venezuelan authorities to release and drop all charges against Professor Santiago Guevara, an economist from the University of Carabobo.
SAR's Rob Quinn on the new U.S. administration's executive order on immigration and its effects on our work and the scholars we serve.
Ottawa, ON: The Steering Committee of the Canadian Section of the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR) along with Gary Anandasangaree (MP, Scarborough Rouge Park), Peter Kent (MP, Thornhill), and Murray Rankin (MP, Victoria) will host a series of panel discussion
Many network members, partners, and scholars have sent notes about the recent US presidential election expressing concern about possible changes in US policies and any impacts on SAR scholars and activities.
Scholars at Risk has released Free to Think 2016, a report analyzing more than 150 reported attacks on higher education communities in 35 countries, from May 1, 2015 to September 1, 2016.
The United Arab Emirates’ authorities have committed serious violations of fair trial rights in their prosecution of Emirati academic Nasser bin Ghaith.
Scholars at Risk is delighted to announce the release of Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a scholar of anthropology from Concordia University, in Canada, who was arrested on June 8, 2016.
SAR launches German Section of the global Network; Alexander von Humboldt Foundation hosts secretariat.
Scholars at Risk condemns in the strongest terms yesterday's violent attack on the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) in Kabul, and sends condolences to the victims, their families and the AUAF community.
On August 6, 2016, a group of Thai police officers, soldiers and government officials reportedly arrested student activists "Pai" Chaturapat Boonyapatraksa and Wasin Prommanee for distributing leaflets critical of Thailand’s draft constitution.
Scholars at Risk is gravely concerned about sweeping actions against Turkey’s higher education sector, including forced resignations, suspensions, and travel bans, reportedly affecting thousands of individuals, in Turkey and abroad.
On July 5, 2016, police and Bolivarian Intelligence Services (SEBIN) officers reportedly detained five student activists in apparent retaliation for nonviolent expressive activity.
On June 23, 2016, uniformed and plainclothes soldiers reportedly arrested a group of 13 student and union activists from the New Democracy Movement who were distributing flyers critical of the Thai Junta's draft charter.
On June 9, Scholars at Risk presented the 2016 Courage to Think Defender Award to Egypt’s wrongfully detained students and scholars, in recognition for their commitment to exercising the right to think, share and question ideas despite tremendous risks. The
Wrongfully imprisoned PhD student Omid Kokabee has reportedly been released from prison for temporary medical leave, according to Nature. Mr. Kokabee, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence on charges of “communicating with a hostile government,” was diagnosed with kidney cancer
On May 23, 2016, Scholars at Risk wrote to the Egyptian authorities to express concern over the arrest and prosecution of Mohamed Nagy, a graduate student within the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University and a researcher
We, the undersigned NGOs, call on the authorities to immediately release human rights defender and professor of economics Dr. Nasser Bin Ghaith, who remains in detention in an unknown location in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for his social media
Scholars at Risk has issued a response to Turkey's Minister of National Education, Nabi Avci, who wrote to SAR on March 3, sharing Turkey's commitment to academic freedom, while also defending investigations and proceedings against scholars who signed the Academics
The Congress is an opportunity for the Network to come together to learn more about these issues, hear inspirational narratives from SAR scholars and to discuss ways to protect and ultimately strengthen the university space.”
Scholars at Risk (SAR) is gravely concerned over the ongoing detention of Professor Mohammad Hossein Rafiee, a retired professor of chemistry. SAR last wrote on November 9, 2015 to express concern over Prof. Rafiee’s arrest and imprisonment in June 2015. SAR
"By joining forces, Swedish universities are putting principles into practice on behalf of threatened scholars."
“Actions reportedly taken against these scholars raise serious concerns not only for [the scholars’] professional and personal well-being, but for the overall well-being of the Turkish higher education and research community, and for the ability of intellectuals and institutions in
NGOs from the around the world call for the immediate release of prisoner of conscience Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace on his 300th day of hunger strike.
Scholars at Risk is honored to partner with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in the launching of the Phillip Schwartz Initiative, a fellowship program that will allow up to 20 scholars and scientists threatened by war and persecution to continue
“We hope this report will inspire everyone to do more to protect higher education and the freedom to think”