News

Network announcements, press releases and other updates from the SAR Secretariat

Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali remains at imminent risk of execution
Iranian authorities have apparently postponed the execution of Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali; however, he remains at imminent risk of execution. Earlier this month, Iranian authorities stated that they were planning to execute Dr. Djalali by May 21. Yesterday, the spokesperson of

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Network Reflections: Expanding SAR Switzerland
The Swiss Section of Scholars at Risk has its roots in 2008, when the first higher education institution in Switzerland joined the global SAR network. SAR Switzerland thereafter gradually grew in size and strength. The number of at-risk scholars hosted

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Halt the execution of Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali
Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali is at risk of imminent execution by May 21. SAR issued the below letter to Iranian authorities urging them to immediately halt the execution and secure his release so he may return to his wife and children

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Brazil: Decline in Academic Freedom Requires UN’s Attention
Beginning with the 2018 presidential campaign and election of President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s higher education community has faced dramatically increasing threats to academic freedom and institutional autonomy. The government has increased control over the university space by cutting funds to

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Release Belarusian Students
Scholars at Risk sent the below letter to Belarusian authorities urging them to secure the immediate release of 11 students and one professor serving prison sentences of two years to two and a half years in apparent retaliation for their

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Network Reflections: KU Leuven
In 2021, KU Leuven welcomed the first two academics to be hosted by the university through the Scholars at Risk Network. The experience, while at times difficult because of COVID-19, has been rewarding for the scholars and the university. It has

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Supporting at-risk academics
A piece by Fiona McIntyre for Research Professional News  A look at schemes in Europe and beyond that aim to help researchers in danger Since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, universities across Europe have been looking at how to

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