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Mr. Babaei was arrested in August 2013 after attempting to return to Belgium from a summer visit to Iran, and on December 21, 2013, he was sentenced to six years in prison for allegedly acting against national security by communicating with a hostile government, a charge which reportedly is based solely on Mr. Babaei’s scholarship funding from the University of Liege.
SAR calls for letters, emails, and faxes respectfully urging authorities to reconsider any convictions related to this scholar's academic activities and to ensure Mr. Babaei’s well-being and access to medical attention while in custody, in accordance with international human rights standards. Learn more about Hamid Babaei and write on his behalf today.
The Scholars at Risk Network invites submissions to University Values: a global bulletin and blog on academic freedom, and the first of its kind around the world. Previous editions of the bulletin can be viewed at:http://www.scholarsatrisk.nyu.edu/Workshop/bulletin.phpUniversity Values is an electronic bulletin and blog featuring articles, essays, opinion pieces and announcements promoting discussion and understanding of university values, including values of access, accountability, academic freedom, autonomy and social responsibility. The impetus for a global e-bulletin covering these issues grew out of a series of workshops that the Scholars at Risk (SAR) network has facilitated around the world over the past several years. Time and again, workshop participants expressed the need for a greater sharing of information across national boundaries about urgent conditions as well as best practices to help strengthen respect for university values everywhere. With your help, the global bulletin will continue to work to address this significant need.
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04/03/2015, Gunmen storm Garissa University in Kenya On April 2, 2015, five gunmen stormed the campus of Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya, entering dormitories, taking and killing scores of student hostages and others. The militant group Al Shabaab took responsibility for the attack.
03/20/2015, SAR advocates for Iranian prisoners-of-conscience Over the past week, SAR staff members sent spring greetings to scholars, students and activists imprisoned in Iran as part of Amnesty International's Nowruz Action campaign. The campaign, which coincided with the Persian New Year, called attention to...
03/14/2015, NYU Professor barred from travel to the UAE Dr. Andrew Ross, a professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University, was prevented from traveling to the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Ross, who studies labor issues and who has been publicly critical of labor practices in the U.A.E., was...
05/05/2015, Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA) International Relations Officer Meeting SAR Program Assistant Margaret Coons will present on ethics in international partnerships at this annual meeting. If you will be attending the meeting or are based in Vilnius, please let us know; write...
04/21/2015, RWU Academic Honors Showcase SAR Ex. Dir. Robert Quinn will give the keynote opening the honors program at SAR-member institutions Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, USA.
03/25/2015, Forum on Education Abroad SAR Ex. Dir. Robert Quinn gave the plenary keynote opening the 11th annual conference of the Forum on Education Abroad.