January 13, 2019

It has been over 30 months since Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian-Swedish citizen and scholar of disaster medicine, was arrested in Iran. On October 19, 2018, Djalali underwent an operation in Tehran’s Taleghani Hospital. This operation took place after Djalali had s...

December 27, 2018

On October 1, 2018, Jarosław Gowin, the Polish Minister of Science and Education, signed a new law known as the Constitution for Science (Konstytucja dla Nauki), which declares that ethnology and anthropology are no longer independent disciplines. The new law places th...

December 5, 2018

Budapest's Central European University (CEU), which has fought for 20 months to secure its continued presence in the Hungarian capital, is being pushed out of the country in an “arbitrary eviction” that violates academic freedom. CEU confirmed plans to open a new campu...

October 27, 2018

On October 25, 2018 the Board of Trustees of Central European University (CEU) announced that it will move most of its teaching to Vienna if the government of Hungary fails to remove the legal obstacles to its academic freedom. 

Michael Ignatieff, the President of...

October 9, 2018

In the latest wave of oppression against Baha’i students in Iran, Anahita Horr, an undergraduate at the School of Architecture at Rasam Institute of Higher Education in Karaj, has been expelled from her university and barred from continuing her education because she is...

October 4, 2018

At least five ethnic Uyghur professors from Xinjiang University in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are being held in political “re-education camps,” according to one of their former colleagues. 

Qutluq Almas, a former lecturer at Xinjiang University who liv...

September 18, 2018

Hanifi Baris, an Aberdeen University graduate who has been in Turkish jail since July 4, 2018, was released on probation by the court on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

Baris, who previously practiced law for several years in Turkey and specializes in political theory, upl...

September 5, 2018

On September 5, 2018 Endangered Scholars Worldwide learned that a University of Tehran photography student was sentenced to seven years in prison by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court.

Parisa Rafiei, 21, was arrested on February 25, 2018 by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry f...

August 30, 2018

On August 29, 2018 Endangered Scholars Worldwide learned that Gokarakonda Naga Saibaba, professor and human rights defender, has been denied medical treatment for the second time in the recent months of his detention.

Gokarakonda Naga Saibaba, 51, is serv...

July 25, 2018

A Brazilian medical student and 350 other people have been killed amid the political unrest that has rocked Nicaragua since April 2018.

According to Ernesto Medina, rector of the American University of Managua, Rayneia Lima was driving near the National Autono...

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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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