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Scholars at Risk: lancio del rapporto Free to Think 2021 e assegnazione del premio Courage to Think 

Scholars at Risk: lancio del rapporto Free to Think 2021 e assegnazione del premio Courage to Think 

In tutto il mondo, le comunità accademiche sono oggetto di attacchi da parte di diversi soggetti. Questi attacchi minano interi sistemi di istruzione superiore, compromettendo la qualità dell’insegnamento, della ricerca e del dibattito all’interno dei contesti universitari, e restringono la libertà di studiosi e studiose di esprimere e diffondere idee e di fare ricerca. 

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Regole per il patrocinio

Regole per il patrocinio

SAR Italia patrocina eventi inerenti ai temi SAR. Il gruppo di lavoro Eventi e Formazione ha sviluppato un documento che delinea le regole per il patrocinio.

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Appello urgente al Governo e al Parlamento italiano

Appello urgente al Governo e al Parlamento italiano

October 11, 2021

Gli atenei e le associazioni accademiche della rete di Scholars at Risk (SAR) Italia si appellano al Governo e al Parlamento italiano affinché vengano intraprese azioni immediate per assicurare a studiose e studiosi afghani il diritto alla vita, al lavoro e alla libertà accademica e venga offerta loro la possibilità di proseguire le attività di ricerca nel nostro paese

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Traduzione italiano del rapporto SAR Free to Think 2020

Traduzione italiano del rapporto SAR Free to Think 2020

October 1, 2021

Pubblichiamo la traduzione di alcune parti del rapporto SAR Free to Think 2020.

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Appeal for Afghanistan

Appeal for Afghanistan

August 26, 2021

SAR Italia e Global Campus of Human Rights aderiscono all'appello urgente di Scholars at Risk ai governi e alle istituzioni europee, per invitarli ad agire immediatamente per garantire la vita e il lavoro degli studiosi, degli studenti e degli attori della società civile dell’Afghanistan.

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Linee guida per l'accoglienza in Italia di studiosi/e a rischio

Linee guida per l'accoglienza in Italia di studiosi/e a rischio

August 26, 2021

Il Gruppo di Lavoro sull’accoglienza di SAR Italia ha redatto un Vademecum con linee guida per l'accoglienza in Italia di studiosi/e a rischio.

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SAR Italy supports request for Italian citizenship for Dr Djalali

SAR Italy supports request for Italian citizenship for Dr Djalali

July 26, 2021

Scholars at Risk Italia have sent a letter to the President of the Republic of Italy and the Prime Minister supporting the request for Italian citizenship for Dr Ahmadreza Djalali presented on 29 March 2021 by various organizations including AIGA (Associazione Italiana Giovani Avvocati), Amnesty International Italia, the rector of the University of Piemonte Orientale and the Director of CRIDEMIM where Dr Djalali worked as a researcher for several years.

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SAR Student Advocacy Day at the University of Padova

SAR Student Advocacy Day at the University of Padova

June 23, 2021

The University of Padova’s first Student Advocacy Day was held on 23rd June 2021. The day was one of the outcomes of a semester of student activity in the SAR Student Advocacy Seminar which took place entirely online, due to the Covid-19 situation, from March to June 2021. We carried out research and advocacy for Dr Ahmadreza Djalali imprisoned in Iran and the University of Bologna student Patrick Zaki in Egypt.

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SAR Italy General Assembly - update on Activity

SAR Italy General Assembly - update on Activity

June 21, 2021

SAR Italy's General Assembly was held on 21 June 2021 in blended mode, hosted by the Scuola Normale Superiore, with some participants attending in Florence at Palazzo Strozzi and others connecting online. An update on SAR Activity is provided.

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SAR Italy 2020 Report

SAR Italy 2020 Report

SAR Italy's 2020 Report of activity is now available for download. Below are highlights from the executive summary.

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SAR 2020 Student Advocacy Seminar 2020 Report

SAR 2020 Student Advocacy Seminar 2020 Report

May 30, 2020

The report of the first SAR Student Advocacy Seminar at the University of Padova which took place in Spring 2020 is now available.

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Appello per la liberazione del Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali da parte di tre importanti università europee

Appello per la liberazione del Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali da parte di tre importanti università europee

April 26, 2021

Nel quinto anniversario dell’arresto del Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, Scholars At Risk (SAR) rimane allarmata per la sua continua detenzione e per il ripetuto rifiuto di fornirgli adeguate cure mediche, e incoraggia un'azione immediata per rettificare le violazioni dei diritti umani che riguardano il suo arresto, la sua detenzione e la sua condanna a morte.

Il Dr. Djalali è un eminente studioso di medicina delle catastrofi che ha di recente insegnato al Karolinska Institute in Svezia. Il Dr. Djalali ha ricoperto posizioni simili all'Università del Piemonte Orientale, in Italia, e alla Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in Belgio.

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5 years since his imprisonment 3 European universities appeal for the release of Ahmadreza Djalali

5 years since his imprisonment 3 European universities appeal for the release of Ahmadreza Djalali

April 26, 2021

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 death sentence.

Dr. Djalali is a prominent scholar of disaster medicine who taught most recently at Karolinska Institute, in Sweden. He held similar positions at the Università del Piemonte Orientale, in Italy; and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in Belgium.

“Dr. Djalali must be released now. His health is rapidly deteriorating,” the institutions said in a joint statement signed by Prof. Ole Petter Ottersen, President of the Karolinska Institutet, Prof. Gian Carlo Avanzi, Rector of Università del Piemonte Orientale, and Prof. Caroline Pauwels, Rector of Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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Russian version of SAR Italy's appeal to stop the violence against the academic community in Belarus

Russian version of SAR Italy's appeal to stop the violence against the academic community in Belarus

April 9, 2021

8 months since the presidential elections held in Belarus which saw the contested confirmation of president Lukashenko, the Italian section of Scholars at Risk (SAR Italy), in agreement with the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) has sent a petition addressed to the Belarusian authorities to express our deep concern regarding the attacks on the academic community in the country. According to different international sources, following the elections in August 2020 several peaceful demonstrations took place in Belarus calling for a real process of democratization in the country; these demonstrations were violently repressed by the Belarusian authorities. Many students and academics took part in these demonstrations, many of whom were subsequently stopped, detained, legally prosecuted, fired or expelled from the universities. The exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, which are protected by the Belarusian Constitution, in Articles 8, 33, 35 and 36, have been violated. These attacks against the university communities are incompatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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SAR Italy's appeal to stop the violence against the academic community in Belarus

SAR Italy's appeal to stop the violence against the academic community in Belarus

April 9, 2021

8 months since the presidential elections held in Belarus which saw the contested confirmation of president Lukashenko, the Italian section of Scholars at Risk (SAR Italy), in agreement with the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) has sent a petition addressed to the Belarusian authorities to express our deep concern regarding the attacks on the academic community in the country.

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L'appello di SAR  Italia per fermare le violenze contro la comunità accademica in Bielorussia

L'appello di SAR Italia per fermare le violenze contro la comunità accademica in Bielorussia

April 9, 2021

A otto mesi esatti dalle elezioni presidenziali tenutesi in Bielorussia che hanno visto la contestata riconferma del presidente Lukashenko alla guida del paese, la sezione italiana di Scholars At Risk (SAR Italia), in accordo con la Conferenza dei Rettori delle Università Italiane (CRUI), ha firmato una lettera di petizione indirizzata alla presidenza bielorussa per esprimere la più profonda preoccupazione circa gli attacchi nei confronti della comunità accademica nel paese.

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IN RETE PER PATRICK ZAKI.

IN RETE PER PATRICK ZAKI.

March 9, 2021

SAR Italia partecipa alla rassegna web “Sette meno dieci” dedicata allo studente egiziano

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SAR Italy joins Poster for Tomorrow campaign for Patrick Zaki

SAR Italy joins Poster for Tomorrow campaign for Patrick Zaki

March 5, 2021

SAR Italia has joined the campaign “Free Patrick Zaki, prisoner of conscience”, promoted by Amnesty International Italia, Conversazioni sul futuro of the association Diffondiamo idee di valore, in collaboration with il Festival dei Diritti Umani of Milan and the association Articolo 21.

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SAR Italy petition in support of Boğaziçi University

SAR Italy petition in support of Boğaziçi University

March 1, 2021

The Italian section of Scholars at Risk has sent a petition to the President of the Republic of Turkey expressiong our concern for the serious events that have affected the Boğaziçi Univeristy community and the Turkish higher education system since January 2021.

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2 ANNI DI SAR ITALIA: Il racconto di un’esperienza di  solidarietà internazionale

2 ANNI DI SAR ITALIA: Il racconto di un’esperienza di  solidarietà internazionale

On 19th February SAR Italy celebrated our first 2 years of activity, with a webinar for all members and friends, reporting on what we have been doing all this time. The recording of the event, is available here.

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Iniziative a supporto della liberazione di Patrick George Zaki Scholars at Risk Italia e l’Università di Trento in prima linea  per dimostrare il sostegno della comunità accademica

Iniziative a supporto della liberazione di Patrick George Zaki Scholars at Risk Italia e l’Università di Trento in prima linea per dimostrare il sostegno della comunità accademica

Ad un anno dal suo arresto, in Italia continua a restare alta l’attenzione sul caso di Patrick George Zaki, lo studente egiziano iscritto presso l’Università di Bologna che è stato fermato dalle autorità egiziane il 7 febbraio 2020 e successivamente sottoposto a detenzione e tortura. Secondo organizzazioni come Scholars at Risk, Amnesty International e Human Rights Watch, i motivi dell’arresto sono legati alla sua attività di ricerca e al suo lavoro in favore dei diritti umani, in particolare con l’Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).

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Petitions appealing for the release of Patrick George Zaki Scholars at Risk Italy and the University of Trento on the front line to show the support of the academic community

Petitions appealing for the release of Patrick George Zaki Scholars at Risk Italy and the University of Trento on the front line to show the support of the academic community

One year after his arrest, the concern towards the case of Patrick George Zaki remains high in Italy. Zaki is an Egyptian student enrolled at the University of Bologna who was stopped by the Egyptian authorities on February 7th, 2020, and subsequently arrested and allegedly subjected to torture. According to Scholars at Risk, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, the reasons behind his arrest are related to his activity as a researcher and human rights activist, in particular with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).

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“Libertà accademica, etica e sicurezza nel contesto mediorientale” webinar recording now available

“Libertà accademica, etica e sicurezza nel contesto mediorientale” webinar recording now available

February 4, 2021

The initiative “Libertà accademica, etica e sicurezza nel contesto mediorientale”  (academic freedom, ethics and security in the Middle East context) aimed to respond to a series of questions addressing the role of the researcher in the current political and academic context in countries in the Middle East. What academic freedom is possible today in these countries? What methodology can support researchers doing field work without compromising their safety? What risks are linked to freely carrying out critical and analytic research? What can and should the academic world contribute to to political and social mobilisation?

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Associazione DPCE petition for release of Zaki

Associazione DPCE petition for release of Zaki

The Associazione di Diritto Pubblico Comparato ed Europeo has sent a petition calling for the release of Patrick Zaki.

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Sisec and Istituto Gramsci Sardegna petitions for release of Zaki

Sisec and Istituto Gramsci Sardegna petitions for release of Zaki

The Sisec - Società Italiana di Sociologia Economica and the Istituto Gramsci Sardegna have also sent a petitions calling for Patrick Zaki's release.

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SISP petition for release of Zaki

SISP petition for release of Zaki

The Italian Society of Political Science SISP has sent a petition calling for the release of Patrick Zaki.

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Two more academic associations petition Egypt

Two more academic associations petition Egypt

Two more academic associations have published petitions to the Egyptian authorities calling for the student Patrick Zaki to be granted permission to await his trial from his home. The Italian Society of Cultural Anthropology (Società Italiana di Antropologia Culturale) and the Associazione Italiana di Comunicazione Politica (Italian Association of Political Communication)

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American Political Science Association (APSA) appeals for Patrick Zaki

American Political Science Association (APSA) appeals for Patrick Zaki

December 23, 2020

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has joined other academic organizations in calling for the Egyptian student Patrick Zaki, enrolled at the University of Bologna, to be released from Tora prison as he awaits his trial.

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ECPR petititions Egyptian authorities for Patrick Zaki

ECPR petititions Egyptian authorities for Patrick Zaki

December 21, 2020

The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) has written to the Egyptian authorities calling on them to allow the student Patrick Zaki, enrolled on a Master's programme at the University of Bologna, to await trial from his home in Cairo.

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SAR Italy appeal for release of Patrick Zaki

SAR Italy appeal for release of Patrick Zaki

December 23, 2020

SAR Italy has written a letter to the Egyptian president al-Sisi expressing our grave concern for the decision taken on 7th December to extend Mr Zaki's detention, and calling for him to be allowed to await his trial at home to ease the physical and psychological suffering that his long detention is causing.

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Italian conference of rectors (CRUI) appeal for Patrick Zaki

Italian conference of rectors (CRUI) appeal for Patrick Zaki

December 21, 2020

The Italian Conference of Rectors (CRUI) has sent a letter to the Egyptian authorities asking for Patrick Zaki, the Egyptian student enrolled at the University of Bologna, to be released and allowed to await his trial from his home.

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Advocacy for Ahmadreza Djalali

Advocacy for Ahmadreza Djalali

December 4, 2020

A lot of advocacy work has been going on the last few weeks in collaboration with various Italian and European networks as well as Italian MEPs and senators calling for the release of Ahmadreza Djalali, since SAR learned that the Iranian authorities put Dr. Djalali in solitary confinement with preparations to carry out his death sentence.

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SAR Italy calls to release Dr Djalali

SAR Italy calls to release Dr Djalali

November 18, 2020

SAR ITALY has sent a letter to Hamid Bayat, Iranian Ambassador to Italy, urge him to call on the appropriate
authorities to immediately release Dr. Djalali on medical parole and compassionate grounds

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Recording of the first talk in SAR Italy's Fall Speaker Series is now available

Recording of the first talk in SAR Italy's Fall Speaker Series is now available

October 19, 2020

On 15th October we held the first event of the SAR Italy Speaker Series with the launch of Asli Vatansever's book: At the Margins of Academia (Brill, 2020)

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Welcome to new members

Welcome to new members

SAR Italy is happy to welcome 2 new members - the Società Italiana delle Storiche (Italian Association of Women Historians) and the Scuola Superiore di Catania, so there are now 25 members, the network is growing.

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Forced out, Welcome in: European Action for Researchers at Risk

Forced out, Welcome in: European Action for Researchers at Risk

September 3, 2020

On 3rd September at the ESOF (Euroscience Open Forum) conference SAR Italy was present at a panel discussion, organized by Roberta Altin and funded by the University of Trieste, called Forced out, Welcome in: European Action for Researchers at Risk.

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2019 Annual Report now online

2019 Annual Report now online

In 2019, our first year of activity, SAR Italy grew from 14 to 20 members. We had 3 national assemblies and 3 steering committees and set up three working groups. We have also formed groups within our institutions and created synergies with local and regional organizations...

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Academic freedom in pandemic times

Academic freedom in pandemic times

Sevgi Doğan, a Research Fellow at the Dirpolis Institute of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies and collaborator of SAR-Italy in Scuola Normale Superiore has just published an article on "Academic freedom in pandemic times" in the journal Security Praxis https://securitypraxis.eu/academic-freedom-pandemic-times/

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Advocacy Seminar – Padova 2020

Advocacy Seminar – Padova 2020

May 2, 2020

In March 2020 the Advocacy Seminar at the University of Padova began with the participation of 15 students from the Master’s degree course European and Global Studies. The seminar is an elective in the degree course and students who complete the seminar will be awarded 6 ECTS. This is the second Advocacy Seminar run by a SAR-Italy member, the first was run in Trento in 2019.

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12 rectors sign petition to al-Sisi for unconditional release of Patrick George Zaki

12 rectors sign petition to al-Sisi for unconditional release of Patrick George Zaki

March 19, 2020

Twelve universities and research institutions in Italy that are members of the network Scholars at Risk signed a petition on 19th March in support of Patrick George Zaki, the Egyptian student enrolled in a Master's programme at the University of Bologna, currently detained in Egypt. A strong message of solidarity has thus been launched to Patrick George Zaki and his family, calling on the Egyptian authorities for his unconditional release.

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International Workshop on Refugees and Higher Education at the University of Trento

International Workshop on Refugees and Higher Education at the University of Trento

The University of Trento will be hosting the international workshop on Refugees and Higher Education: Hosting and integrating scholars and students from 10-11 December 2019, followed by the SAR Italy National Assembly.

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Manifesto dell’Università inclusiva

Manifesto dell’Università inclusiva

October 31, 2019

SAR Italy was present at an event on 31st October in Rome organized by UNHCR, which is promoting in Italy the Manifesto dell’Università inclusiva.

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'We Are Amaya' Advocacy Reports from UniTrento students.

'We Are Amaya' Advocacy Reports from UniTrento students.

Students from the University of Trento publish We Are Amaya Advocacy Reports.

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SAR Italy Panel at CUCS Trento

SAR Italy Panel at CUCS Trento

September 20, 2019

SAR Italy will be at the 2019 CUCS (Coordinamento Universitario per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo) conference in Trento on 20th September with a panel ‘Defending academic freedom and freedom of expression. The role of universities and international organisations’ in the morning, and a round table in the afternoon.

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Contribution to the e-handbook, Promoting Core Higher Education Values: Perspectives from the Field

Contribution to the e-handbook, Promoting Core Higher Education Values: Perspectives from the Field

June 13, 2019

SAR Italy is present at the European Committee of the Regions which is hosting the final event of the EU-funded Academic Refuge project, which includes as partners UNICA, the University of Oslo, the University of Ljubljana, and SAR.

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We Are Amaya goes to Padova

We Are Amaya goes to Padova

June 6, 2019

Students from the University of Trento are going to the University of Padova to present their research and advocacy work on the case of Amaya Eva Coppens, outputs of their participation in the advocacy seminars at the University of Trento.

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SAR Italia members' meeting

SAR Italia members' meeting

May 30, 2019

Members of the new SAR Italia section are going to meet at the University of Milan. On the agenda are the upcoming meeting with the CRUI, the establishment of working groups, planning for the 'How to Host' Seminar in December and links with Shelter Cities projects.

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University of Trento students campaign on behalf of Amaya Eva Coppens.

University of Trento students campaign on behalf of Amaya Eva Coppens.

May 21, 2019

Student Advocacy Seminar students met with their rector who signed a letter calling for the release of Amaya Eva Coppens, a medical student imprisoned in Nicaragua.

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