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...

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...

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...

November 28, 2018

As concerned scholars who study China, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), Central Asia, and other related regions of the world, we issue this statement to highlight our concerns and to call the international community to action in relation to the mass human...

November 20, 2018

On November 16, 2018 Turkish authorities arrested 13 people, including two academics from Bogazici and Bilgi universities along and a group of civil society representatives, for their alleged involvement in the organization and continuation of the 2013 Gezi Park protes...

Reports claim that police officers and military have unleashed a full-scale operation in more than 20 public universities in Brazil as a result of the campaign and election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. The measures, related for the most part to political adve...

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 25, 2018

(Photo by Ozan Kose / AFP)

Trial of academics, who have been charged with "propagandizing for a terrorist organization" for having signed the declaration entitled "We will not be a party to this crime" prepared by the Academics for Peace, continued in Istanbul Caglayan...

October 20, 2018

In February 2018 Serkan Golge, a NASA researcher who holds dual Turkish-American citizenship, was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison by Turkish authorities due to his alleged involvement in the attempted coup in July 2016, as well as to his links to the...

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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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