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SAR calls for letters on behalf of imprisoned Iranian scholar in need of medical attention

Mr. Hamid Babaei 
New York, March 12, 2015 -- Scholars at Risk is gravely concerned over reports that Mr. Hamid Babaei, a doctoral student of finance who is currently imprisoned in Iran, is suffering ill health and has not received proper medical attention.

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

Carleton University and University of Ottawa launch a new SAR program

Ottawa, March 4, 2015 -- Two new SAR members, Carleton University and University of Ottawa, came together on March 4, 2015 for "Je Suis Scholar," a full day launch of a joint SAR program. The event was attended by members of both campus communities and culminated in a panel discussion featuring SAR scholars, Farai Gonzo and Baktybek Beshimov. Visit the Canada Section page to learn more about the event and SAR's Canadian Members.

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Every day, academics, artists, journalists and other brave individuals face persecution because of their ideas. Despite these risks, they continue to write, publish and speak
out. The right to be free to think is one we take for granted all too often. Join us! Send a message of support to all those brave individuals who are continuing to think, question and share ideas freely. Write down what you are grateful to be free to think about, and snap a picture. Post it on Twitter or Facebook or other sites using the hashtag #free2think, demonstrating solidarity with those who continue to speak out. 

UNIVERSITY VALUES Bulletin: Call for submissions!

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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: 

University 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.

Submission Requirements
Length: We invite short articles of 500-700 words maximum. Longer articles will not be considered for publication in the bulletin.Topic: We invite submissions on an academic freedom related issue of your choice. The article/blog post could, alternatively, contain news on important events, situations emerging in your region or specific countries or urgent appeals for scholars or universities in distress.
Deadline: Articles/blogs are accepted on a rolling basis.
Contact: Submit articles by email to Please enter “University Values Submission” in the subject line of your email. It is our belief that a greater sharing of information about academic freedom and higher education values will help foster a greater understanding of the challenges we all face and will enhance global efforts to address these challenges. We hope you will help us make the bulletin a success. We look forward to your submissions.

SAR News Headlines SAR Events

01/28/2014, Providing a safe haven for scholars at risk Montreal is half a world away from the rural community of Bure, Ethiopia, where Semahagn Abebe was raised by his grandmother. One of eleven children, he soon moved to the capital city, Addis Ababa, to pursue higher education and launch his career.
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10/25/2013, Prof Suspended Over Tweet Won't Return in 2013 The chancellor of the University of Kansas announced Thursday that a journalism professor suspended over a tweet that angrily targeted the National Rifle Association after the Navy Yard shootings will not return to his classroom in 2013.
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10/25/2013, Confederate flag raises issues, ire at a N.Y. college ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A University of Rochester student says college officials violated his right to free expression by forcing him to take down a Confederate flag he had put in the window of his room on campus.
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02/21/2013, The University and the Nation: Safeguarding Higher Education in Tunisia and Beyond Scholars at Risk and the NYU Center for Dialogues announce a conference, The University and the Nation: Safeguarding Higher Education in Tunisia and Beyond, at University of Manouba in Tunis, Tunisia on...
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05/23/2011, Launch of Scholars at Risk, Norway Section Scholars at Risk, Norway Section will be launched at Oslo University College (HiO). The Norwegian Section will represent Norway in the wider international Scholars at Risk Network and organize and coordinate...
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04/27/2011, Swimming with Sharks: How Big Pharma Threatens Academic Freedom The University of Groningen, member of the SAR-UAF network in the Netherlands, hosts “Swimming with Sharks: How Big Pharma Threatens Academic Freedom,” from 8 to 10 p.m. on April 27 at the Academiegebouw,...
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