Press Releases and Statements

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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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

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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

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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

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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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