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On March 14, 2016, Scholars at Risk and the National Endowment for Democracy co-hosted an event in Washington DC. Speakers for the event included Rafia Zakaria, Emad Shahin, Matar Ebrahim Matar, Khorapin Phuaphansawat, and moderated by SAR Executive Director Rob Quinn
In a number of countries, counter-terrorism, blasphemy, sedition and similar laws are increasingly used to restrict free inquiry and expression, resulting in a shrinking academic and societal space for dialogue. Wrongful prosecutions under these laws not only threaten the well-being of targeted individuals, but undermine the quality of academic work and public discourse and deny everyone in society the benefits of expert knowledge, scientific and creative progress, and free expression.
These laws are often defended as reasonable restrictions on violent or anti-social conduct or as appropriate expressions of national or cultural prerogatives. In practice they are used to restrict thought, punish expression, and intimidate individuals and society generally. Panelists addressed the ways such laws are impacting academics and society more generally in their respective countries.
March 7, 2016 -- Leaders from 17 universities across Sweden will convene on March 9, 2016, from 12:00 – 16:00 at the University of Gothenburg, to commemorate the launch of the Swedish Section of Scholars at Risk.
“Academic freedom is at the heart of the university’s mission. As members of the international education community we have a responsibility to defend and protect the free exchange of ideas,” said Helena Lindholm, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gothenburg, the first Swedish university to join the SAR Network in 2013. “In partnering with Scholars at Risk, Swedish universities are living out this responsibility through concrete actions to protect professors, researchers and other members of higher education communities facing severe threats to their lives and their liberty.”
The launch of the SAR-Sweden Section represents the culmination of several years of partnership between Swedish higher education institutions and the wider, international SAR Network. Read our press release to learn more about the launch event and the SAR-Sweden Section.
February 3, 2016 -- Join us in Montreal, Canada from June 8-10 for the 2016 Global Congress, co-hosted by the SAR-Canada Section, McGill University’s Faculty of Law and Center for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.
At the Congress, more than 200 university, government and nonprofit leaders, faculty, staff, students and advocates from around the world will convene to discuss the most important issues facing human rights and higher ed today. This year's keynote speakers and panel discussions will focus on protecting universities and scholars in contexts of conflict and authoritarian regimes and strengthening the capacity of the university sector to contribute to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.
Significant early bird registration discounts are available to students and SAR Network members. Learn more and register today!
January 20, 2016 -- Gunmen killed and injured dozens of students, faculty and others on the campus of Bacha Khan University in northwestern Pakistan, before being killed by security forces. A regional Pakistani Taliban group reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.
Learn more about the attack and SAR's response in a report released by the Academic Freedom Monitoring Project.
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