News

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

What is academic freedom?
An article by SAR Executive Director Robert Quinn for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Academic freedom is simple, complex, and essential. It must be protected. Academic freedom is a guarantor of quality. It is the freedom to carry out research,

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Hungarian government in spotlight over academic freedom
A piece by Ben Upton for Research Europe covering SAR’s UPR submission on Hungary. Scholars at Risk network calls for international pressure, but government defends policies and motives The international academic freedom network Scholars at Risk has called on the

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Researchers at risk need dedicated support
An article co-authored by SAR Europe Programme Manager Orla Duke for Research Europe. Attacks on scholars, students, staff and higher education institutions are occurring with alarming and growing frequency. Last November’s Free to Think 2020 report, published by Scholars at Risk (SAR),

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SAR urges Hungary to restore and protect university autonomy
Since 2016, the higher education community in Hungary has faced escalating government pressures, in particular severe encroachments on university autonomy, including most prominently the government’s targeting and effective closure of a university. Scholars at Risk (SAR), in collaboration with the

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Release detained Thai student activists
Scholars at Risk (SAR) has sent to Thai authorities the below letter raising concern over the detention of three students, Mr. “Penguin” Parit Chiwarak, Ms. “Rung” Panusaya Sitthijirawattanakul, and Mr. “Mike” Panupong Jadnok, and the lèse-majesté and sedition charges they

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Military occupies Myanmar campuses
A piece by Joyce Lau for Times Higher Education covering SAR’s letter on Myanmar to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Scores of campuses in Myanmar have been occupied by troops, leaving classrooms empty of lecturers and students. The military,

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