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October 23, 2017

IN BRIEF

Dr. Abdul Kareem Yousef Al-Khodr, a professor of Comparative Jurisprudence at Qassim University in Saudi Arabia, was sentenced in June 2013 to eight years in prison and given a 10-year travel ban.

CASE HISTORY

     

In February 2013, when the first sessi...

October 23, 2017

IN BRIEF

Homa Hoodfar, a professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, was detained in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison on June 6, 2016. She was released on September 26, 2016.

CASE HISTORY

     

Hoodfar, who is Iranian-Canadian and was 65-years-old at the...

October 23, 2017

IN BRIEF

Mohammad Hossein Rafiee, a retired Tehran University professor and member of the Meli-Mazhabi (National-Religious) Alliance and Iran’s National Peace Council, was sentenced to six years in prison on May 25, 2015. He was released on September 21, 2016.
 

CASE HIS...

October 23, 2017

IN BRIEF

Naqib Khpulwak, an assistant law professor at the American University in Kabul, Afghanistan, was among the 16 students and faculty killed in a terrorist attack on the campus in August 24, 2016.

CASE HISTORY

     

Khpulwak taught courses on property right...

October 23, 2017

IN BRIEF

Rezaul Karim Siddique, a 58-year-old professor of English at Rajshahi University in Northwestern Bangladesh, died on April 23, 2016 when he was attacked by a group armed with machetes while waiting for a bus that would take him to the university. ISIS claimed r...

October 23, 2017

IN BRIEF

Syed Hamid Hussein, a 34-year-old chemistry professor at Bacha Khan University in northwest Pakistan, died on January 20, 2016 when militants stormed the campus, killing 22 people and injuring 51.

CASE HISTORY

     

Hamid has been hailed as a hero by his...

October 20, 2017

IN BRIEF

Abdul Jalil Al-Singace, a prominent human rights activist in Bahrain, was first arrested on March 17, 2011, during the Arab Spring revolution and charged with plotting to "topple the government.” He was sentenced to life in Jau Prison on June 22, 2011.


He suffe...

October 20, 2017

IN BRIEF

Professor Ilham Tohti, a public Uyghur intellectual and professor of economics at the Central Minorities University, was detained at the Beijing Capital International Airport on his way to the US on February 2, 2013. Tohti was later sentenced to life imprisonme...

October 20, 2017

IN BRIEF

Guo Quan, a former associate professor at Nanjing Normal University in China, was arrested in November 2008 on charges of “subversion of state power,” then sentenced to ten years in jail in 2009. 

CASE HISTORY

     

Guo was fired from his posit...

October 20, 2017

IN BRIEF

Sidig Noreen Ali Abdalla, a professor at West Kordofan University who served as a supervisor of the Greater Darfur Students' Association, was arrested on January 16, 2014 for his alleged advocacy on the situation in Darfur. Formal charges have yet to be pressed...

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IN REMEMBRANCE

Liu Xiaobo – the Quiet, Determined Teller of China’s Inconvenient Truths

 

China’s most famous dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has died in custody at age 61. The cause was liver cancer. His death, confirmed on July 13 by Chinese justice authorities  in the northeastern city of Shenyang, comes more than two weeks after prison authorities announced he was being moved to a hospital for treatment, news that was followed by pleas from around the world to allow him to travel abroad for care.

Dissident, Liu Xiaobo, won Nobel the Peace Prize in 2010 for ‘long and non-violent struggle’ for human rights. Illustration: Henry Wong