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UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

November 18, 2020

This recent report focuses on the role and protection of academic freedom. Highlighting the special place of academics and academic institutions in democratic societies, the report also affirms the responsibility of states and governments to protect academic freedom and challenges higher education institutions and civil society to press policy makers to address the issue. In September, the report was submitted for consideration to the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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Jailed Uyghur scholar Rahile Dawut to receive ‘Courage to Think’ award

Jailed Uyghur scholar Rahile Dawut to receive ‘Courage to Think’ award

November 13, 2020

Jailed Uyghur scholar Rahile Dawut, who disappeared three years ago into Chinese custody and is believed held in an internment camp, will be honored on 19 November by Scholars at Risk (SAR) with their Courage to Think Award 2020. The award will be presented at the virtual SAR conference “Freedom to Think 2020: Responding to Attacks on Higher Education”.

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Researchers at risk: mapping Europe’s response

Researchers at risk: mapping Europe’s response

November 3, 2020

This report presents the findings of a mapping conducted in the framework of the “Initiative to Support, Promote and Integrate Researchers at Risk in Europe” (Inspireurope). Its aim is to identify the support available to researchers at risk in Europe, as well as gaps and opportunities for future support. The report provides insight into the experiences of researchers at risk, their hosts and support organisations, and it discusses national- and European-level support measures.

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Swiss labour market for researchers at risk/with refugee background: a country guide

Swiss labour market for researchers at risk/with refugee background: a country guide

November 2, 2020

This country guide contains systematised relevant information on the labour market in Switzerland, with the aim of supporting researchers at risk/with refugee background in finding support, job and training opportunities. The guide is an outcome of the European project CARe (Career Advancement for Refugee Researchers in Europe).

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Swiss National Science Foundation provides funding to host of scholars at threat in Switzerland

Swiss National Science Foundation provides funding to host of scholars at threat in Switzerland

October 29, 2020

As of October 2020, the SNSF supports SAR’s activities in Switzerland within the scope of its Scientific Exchanges funding scheme. The SAR headquarters in New York assesses the applications submitted by scholars and seeks a suitable placement at one of the affiliated research institutions in over 40 countries. If a Swiss institution is deemed to be a suitable host and agrees to provide sanctuary to a researcher, the new collaboration will enable the network to apply for financial support from the SNSF.

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"Declaration on Freedom of Scientific Research", adopted at the Ministerial Conference on the European Research Area in Bonn

October 20, 2020

This declaration, adopted by the Ministers from the European Research Area (ERA), affirmed the central role of freedom of scientific research as a common core value and principle for research cooperation within the ERA and with international partners. Asserting this freedom, that is enshrined in other European and international legal documents, the declaration states that freedom in scientific research is "a pillar of any democracy".

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Fariba Adelkhah temporarily released in Iran

Fariba Adelkhah temporarily released in Iran

October 3, 2020

Franco-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah has been temporarily released from prison and is currently in Tehran with an electronic bracelet. She has been in custody since 2019.

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Academic freedom index aims to boost defence incentive

Academic freedom index aims to boost defence incentive

March 26, 2020

Researchers have published a new index of the state of academic freedom worldwide and across time in a bid to better defend a value that remains under attack in many places.

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Release of graduate student Xiyue Wang from prison in Iran through Switzerland's facilitation

Release of graduate student Xiyue Wang from prison in Iran through Switzerland's facilitation

December 7, 2019

Chinese-born Princeton student Xiyue Wang, sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2016, exchanged for Iranian scientist Masoud Soleimani who was arrested in the USA

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Launch of project

Launch of project "InSPIREurope: Initiative to Support, Promote and Integrate Researchers at Risk in Europe"

November 29, 2019

Ten European partner organisations have launched an ambitious new initiative to support researchers at risk. The SAR Swiss Section supports the initiative as an Associate Partner. The initiative is funded under the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and coordinated by Scholars at Risk Europe at Maynooth University, Ireland. InSPIREurope forges a coordinated, cross-sectoral, Europe-wide alliance for researchers at risk.

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"Free to Think 2019": Scholars at Risk Annual Report

November 19, 2019

Free to Think 2019 is the fifth installment of an annual report by SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project, analysing 324 attacks on higher education communities in 56 countries between September 2018 and August 2019.

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Sakharov Prize 2019 for Ilham Tohti

Sakharov Prize 2019 for Ilham Tohti

October 25, 2019

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, commonly known as the Sakharov Prize, honours individuals and groups of people who have dedicated their lives to the defense of human rights and freedom of thought. The Prize is awarded by the European Parliament, this year to Ilham Tohti from China.

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SAR Switzerland with new Steering Committee

SAR Switzerland with new Steering Committee

October 17, 2019

Decisions of the SAR Switzerland Assembly on 17 October 2019

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Academies join Scholars at Risk

Academies join Scholars at Risk

February 28, 2018

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences have joined Scholars at Risk, in addition to supporting the work of SAR Switzerland.

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SAR Switzerland elects co-chairs

SAR Switzerland elects co-chairs

October 9, 2017

Catrin Scheiber (University of Lucerne) and Olivier Vincent (University of Geneva) have been duly elected to serve as the first Co-Chairs of SAR Switzerland.

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SAR Switzerland approves Terms of Reference and elects first Steering Committee

SAR Switzerland approves Terms of Reference and elects first Steering Committee

May 15, 2017

During the SAR Switzerland 3rd Assembly, the section's terms of reference were unanimously approved.

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