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

Flight From Afghanistan
A piece by Elizabeth Redden for Inside Higher Ed covering evacuation efforts in Afghanistan. Efforts continue to rescue scholars, students and higher education personnel in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover and the collapse of the Afghan government eight days ago. President Joe Biden

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Global calls to protect Afghan academics from Taliban
A piece by Pola Lem for Research Professional News covering calls to protect academics in Afghanistan. Dozens of governments and humanitarian groups, alongside hundreds of academics, have called for international support to be provided to students and researchers in Afghanistan—especially

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Fear for the Future
A piece by Elizabeth Redden for Inside Higher Ed covering the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. Ahmad Zahid Mujaddedi logged in for a Zoom call late Saturday night after a long day helping distribute clothing and blankets collected for internally displaced

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Release Niloufar Bayani on medical grounds
Scholars at Risk has sent to Iranian authorities the below letter raising concern for the well-being of Niloufar Bayani, a wrongfully imprisoned researcher and conservationist who is suffering from COVID-19. SAR calls on Iranian authorities to secure Ms. Bayani’s immediate

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SAR urges Venezuela to protect academic freedom, student expression
For more than two decades, scholars, students and higher education institutions in Venezuela have faced systemic pressures, including severe encroachments on university autonomy, targeted denials of funding to disfavored institutions, and individual attacks, such as arbitrary detention, arrest, and violence.

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