Press Releases and Statements

Launch of the SAR Australia Section
Leaders from universities across Australia will virtually convene on August 19, 2021, to launch the Australia section of Scholars at Risk (SAR). The launch is organized by the University of the Sunshine Coast, which will act as the secretariat of

Read More

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.

Read More

Release Detained Belarusian Students
Scholars at Risk has sent to Belarusian authorities the below letter raising concern over the detention of a growing number of students in apparent retaliation for their nonviolent participation in protests across Belarus. SAR calls on Belarusian authorities to secure

Read More

Grant Thai students the right to bail
Scholars at Risk (SAR) has sent to Thai authorities the below letter raising concern over the rapidly deteriorating health of two detained students, Mr. “Penguin” Parit Chiwarak and Ms. “Rung” Panusaya Sitthijirawattanakul. SAR calls on Thai authorities to immediately secure

Read More

Universities call for Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali’s release
On the five-year anniversary of Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali’s arrest, Scholars at Risk (SAR) remains alarmed at his continued detention and repeated denial of medical care, and encourages immediate action to rectify the human rights violations surrounding his arrest, detention, and

Read More