May 3, 2013 -- Scholars at Risk welcomes the news that Dr. Habib Kazdaghli, Dean of the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Humanities at the University of Manouba, Tunisia, was acquitted of all charges on May 2, 2013.
Dean Kazdaghli had been charged with “violence perpetrated by a civil servant in the course of his duties” under Article 101 of the Penal Law, with a possible punishment of five years imprisonment. These charges arose from an incident on March 6, 2012, after two students -- who forcibly and without permission entered and disrupted the Dean’s office -- had accused the Dean of slapping one of them. Dean Kazdaghli repeatedly denied the charges and was acquitted. The students were reportedly convicted of damaging property and interfering with a public official and given a suspended sentence.
Scholars at Risk is grateful to the many others who joined in advocating on Dean Kazdaghli’s behalf. For information on SAR’s advocacy efforts on this case and others, please visit SAR's Scholars in Prison page.
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Scholars at Risk and the NYU Center for Dialogues held a conference, The University and the Nation: Safeguarding Higher Education in Tunisia and Beyond, at University of Manouba in Tunis, Tunisia on February 21-22, 2013. The conference was organized with the aim of fostering a dialogue about the role of higher education institutions in democratic societies, and to highlight the need for strong protections for core higher education values – including academic freedom, institutional autonomy and social responsibility – in the newly emerging order in Tunisia and beyond. For more information, please visit SAR's Events page.
London/New York, 18 January 2013 – The Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA), the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR), and the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) jointly denounce - in the strongest terms - the attack on the University of Aleppo on 15 January. Information indicates that the bombings resulted in the civilian deaths of at least 80 persons and many more seriously injured. It is thought that many students and faculty of the university are among the casualties.
“There can be no possible justification for such an attack on students in their examination rooms and dormitories. It is one more grim example of the way that educational institutions, and their innocent staff and students, are all too often caught up in violence around the world,” Mr Stephen Wordsworth, Executive Director of CARA, said from London.
The bloodshed in Syria continues and all levels of education have paid a heavy price in the conflict. Reports are that in some parts of Syria education has come to a virtual standstill. All parties must immediately abstain from targeting educational facilities and educators and students must be protected.
The three organizations call upon the parties in Syria to take all necessary steps to protect schools and universities, and those who work and study in them, from any further attacks. “Syria’s academics and its young people are the country’s future,” stated Mr Wordsworth on behalf of CARA, SAR, and IIE-SRF.
Scholars at Risk is honored to announce that the University of Oslo awarded the 2012 Human Rights Award -- Lisl and Leo Eitinger Prize to SAR Executive Director Robert Quinn and Scholars at Risk on November 19, 2012. As part of the ceremony, Mr. Quinn participated in the annual Eitinger Interview with Espen Barth Eide, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. The following day, Mr. Quinn delivered the Torkel Opsahl Memorial Lecture on the theme of “Bringing Claims for Academic Freedom Violations under Human Rights Law,” participated in a discussion with Frank LaRue, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion, and presented on SAR's Academic Freedom Monitoring Project at the University of Oslo (please see a video of this presentation). Members of the Norwegian and international higher education and human rights communities attended, including representatives and scholars from the Scholars at Risk – Norway Section. Visit University of Oslo's website for a history of the prize and a list of previous winners.
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