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Alerts/Scholars in Prison

Scholars at Risk undertakes activities on behalf of scholars still under threat in their home country-such as those suffering prosecution on improper or false charges or wrongfully imprisoned-as well as against widespread threats to an entire faculty, university or system.

Alerts

SAR issues two types of alerts. Action alerts invite individuals to take timely action on behalf of a threatened scholar or in response to a wider incident, generally by sending letters, faxes, emails or making calls to media, policymakers and other key stakeholders. SAR provides background on the situation, contact information for stakeholders and draft text for messages. Information alerts provide information about situations which may be of interest to the list members but do not require action, such as updates on prior action alerts.

Recent alerts:

Azmi Sharom (Malaysia):

SAR letter 2014-09-11    Call for action 2014-09-11

Ilham Tohti (China):

Information update 2014-08-01

SAR letter 2014-06-19     Information update 2014-06-19

SAR letter 2014-04-15     Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2014-01-21     Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2013-02-12     Call for action 2013-02-13    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2009-07-24     Call for action 2009-07-27

Abreha Desta (Ethiopia):

 

SAR letter 2014-07-23     Call for action 2014-07-24

Alexander Sodiqov (Tajikistan):
       
Current Status: Facing Charges (released 07/22/2014)

 

SAR letter 2014-06-24     Call for action 2014-06-25

Habib Kazdaghli (Tunisia):

Information update 2014-06-20  

Information update 2013-05-03    

 Pinar Selek (Turkey):
        Current Status: Sentence Overturned 06/11/2014

Information Update 2014-06-12

SAR letter 2013-02-28     Call for action 2012-02-28    Model letter of appeal

 

Thailand:

SAR alert 2014-05-29     

Prof. Kibret and Mr. Hailu (Ethiopia):

SAR letter 2014-05-05     Model letter of appeal

Hamid Babaei (Iran):

SAR letter 2014-04-02     Model letter of appeal

Amr Hamzawy (Egypt):

SAR letter 2014-03-12     Model letter of appeal

Kemal Guruz (Turkey):
       
Released: 09/05/2013

SAR letter 2013-08-06     Call for action 2013-08-06    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2013-06-20     Call for action 2013-06-20    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2012-12-20     Call for action 2012-12-20    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2012-07-24     Call for action 2012-07-24    Model letter of appeal

Busra Ersanli (Turkey):
       
Current Status: Facing Charges (released 07/13/2012)

SAR letter 2013-05-14     Call for action 2013-05-14    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2012-09-27     Call for action 2012-09-27    Model letter of appeal

Information update 2012-07-13

SAR letter 2011-11-09     Call for action 2011-11-09    Model letter of appeal

Habib Kazdaghli (Tunisia):

Information update 2013-05-03    

University of Aleppo (Syria):

Joint statement by SAR, CARA and IIESRF 2013-01-18

 

Omid Kokabee (Iran):

SAR letter 2012-12-03     Call for action 2012-12-03    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2012-05-24     Call for action 2012-05-24    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2011-07-21     Call for action 2011-07-21    Model letter of appeal

Hadif Rashid al-Owais (UAE):

SAR letter 2012-11-30     Call for action 2012-11-30    Model letter of appeal

Department of Politics and Government, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel):

SAR letter 2012-10-26

Abdul Jalil Al-Singace (Bahrain):

SAR letter 2012-09-05     Call for action 2012-09-05    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2012-08-09     Call for action 2012-08-09    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2012-04-27     Call for action 2012-04-27    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2011-06-22     Call for action 2011-06-22    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2011-03-18     Call for action 2011-03-18    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2010-10-14     Call for action 2010-10-14    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2010-08-27     Call for action 2010-08-27

Mohammed Salah Mohammed (Sudan):
       
Released: 08/10/2012

Information update 2012-08-13

SAR letter 2012-07-31     Call for action 2012-07-31    Model letter of appeal

Abdolfattah Soltani (Iran):

SAR letter 2012-06-20     Call for action 2012-06-20    Model letter of appeal

Gu Chuan (China):

SAR letter 2012-04-10     Call for action 2012-04-10    Model letter of appeal

Iran:

SAR letter 2012-03-16     Call for action 2012-03-16    Model letter of appeal

Abdolreza Ghanbari (Iran):

SAR letter 2012-03-14     Call for action 2012-03-14    Model letter of appeal

Mohamed Zain Al-Abideen (Sudan):
       
Released: 03/04/2012

Information update 2012-03-06

SAR letter 2012-02-27     Call for action 2012-02-27    Model letter of appeal

Bahrain:

SAR alert 2012-02-14

Pham Minh Hoang (Vietnam):
       
Current Status: House Arrest (released from prison 01/13/2012)

Information update 2012-01-20 

Joint statement 2011-10-04     

SAR letter 2011-07-27     Call for action 2011-07-27    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2010-09-03     Call for action 2010-09-03    Model letter of appeal

Yassin Ziadeh (Syria):
       
Released: 11/05/2011

Information update 2012-01-20 

SAR letter 2011-10-06     Call for action 2011-10-06    Model letter of appeal

Masaud Jahromi (Bahrain):
       
Released: 09/12/2011

SAR letter 2011-12-20     Call for action 2011-12-20    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2011-11-01     Call for action 2011-11-01    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2011-08-16     Call for action 2011-08-16    Model letter of appeal

Nasser bin Ghaith (UAE):
       
Released: 11/28/2011

Information update 2011-11-29 

SAR letter 2011-04-15     Call for action 2011-04-15    Model letter of appeal

Ramin Zibaei (Iran):

SAR letter 2011-10-31     Call for action 2011-10-31    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2011-08-29     Call for action 2011-08-29    Model letter of appeal

Aziz Bari (Malaysia):

SAR letter 2011-10-28     Call for action 2011-10-28    Model letter of appeal

Emadeddin Baghi (Iran):
       
Released: 06/20/2011

Information update 2011-06-23 

SAR letter 2010-12-06      

SAR letter 2010-09-27     Call for action 2010-09-27    Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2010-06-25

SAR letter 2010-04-19     Call for action 2010-04-19

Ai Weiwei (China):
       
Released: 06/22/2011

Information update 2011-06-23 

SAR letter 2011-04-27     Call for action 2011-04-27    Model letter of appeal

Alyaksandr Fyaduta (Belarus):
       
Released: 04/08/2011

SAR letter 2011-02-01     Call for action 2011-02-01    Model letter of appeal

Nasrin Sotoudeh (Iran):
        Released: 09/18/2013

 

SAR letter 2011-01-19     Call for action 2011-01-19     Model letter of appeal

SAR letter 2010-10-01     Call for action 2010-10-01     Model letter of appeal

Liu Xiaobo (China)

SAR press release on Human Rights Day 2010-12-10

Svyatoslav Bobyshev and Yevgeny Afanasyev (Russia):

SAR letter 2010-10-26     Call for action 2010-10-26    Model letter of appeal

Nazima Talib (Pakistan):

Call for action 2010-05-20

Cui Weiping (China):    

SAR letter 2010-03-26     Call for action 2010-03-29

Massoud Ali-Mohammadi (Iran):

Call for action 2010-01-25

Kian Tajbakhsh (Iran):    

SAR letter 2009-11-03     Call for action 2009-11-06

SAR letter 2009-07-24     Call for action 2009-07-27

Giles Ji Ungpakorn (Thailand):

SAR letter 2009-02-12     Call for action 2009-02-12

 


Campaigns

In situations where threats are especially serious or prolonged SAR may develop campaigns coordinating various activities, including alerts, events and site visits.  Such campaigns are coordinated by volunteer faculty or students at SAR member institutions under the direction of the SAR office and board.

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