January 9, 2019

Reports suggest that Emirati professor and economist Nasser bin Ghaith’s health is severely deteriorating as he continues his hunger strike, which has lasted for over 90 days. He has, for example, lost over 20 kilograms (~45 pounds) and is now only able to walk with th...

July 25, 2018

In July 2018 Israeli forces raided Hind al-Husaini College and al-Quds University under orders from Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan, whose office said that an academic conference planned to occur promoted “incitement” against the state of Israel. Over a dozen p...

June 6, 2018

On June 3, 2018, Walid Salem, a University of Washington doctoral student conducting research on Egypt’s judiciary system was detained in Cairo on charges of “spreading false news” and “belonging to a terrorist group,” among other crimes, according to his lawyer Mokhta...

April 10, 2018

On April 5, 2018, a Turkish court sentenced two prominent Turkish academics to fifteen months in prison on charges of “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist organization” for signing a 2016 peace petition.

Professor Zübeyde Füsun Üstel of Galatasaray University and A...

April 8, 2018

The rector of the University of Copenhagen has signed a letter expressing concern over the death sentence issued against Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, a scholar of disaster medicine.
Djalali was arrested in April 2016 in Iran as apparent retaliation for peacefully exercising...

February 23, 2018

Serdar Bascetin, another member of the Academics for Peace initiative, was arrested. His social media posts were allegedly evidence of terrorist activity.

Başçetin was detained with three others during a home raid in Antalya on February 13. The seven-day legal detention...

February 18, 2018

Onur Hamzaoglu, a professor of epidemiology and co-spokesperson of the People's Democratic Congress (HDK), was detained with 16 others on February 9 on warrants issued by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office. According to the warrants, those arrested were suspec...

February 12, 2018

Kavous Seyed Emami, a 63-year-old Iranian-Canadian environmental activist, died in prison in Tehran. Authorities claim Emami committed suicide; however, his family has asked for an independent autopsy. 

On January 11, 2018, Chief Prosecutor Abbas Jafari D...

September 24, 2016

Mehmet Altan, a prominent professor who was detained along with his brother Ahmet Altan on September 12, was remanded in custody after a hearing on his links with the Gülenist Movement, on September 23. Mehmet Altan and Ahmet Altan were both arrested on September 12, o...

September 21, 2016

Elderly prisoner of conscience Mohammad Hossein Rafiee, a retired university professor,  has been released from Evin Prison. Rafiee was was sentenced by Judge Salavati to six years in prison on May 25, 2015  for his peaceful political activism. 


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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

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