On September 12, 2018 Endangered Scholars Worldwide transmitted a letter of appeal to the Iranian Government and the US Department of State regarding the ongoing detention, persecution, and conviction of XiYue Wang, a 37-year-old United States citizen of Chinese descen...

October 23, 2017

The US Environmental Protection Agency has blocked three scheduled discussions of climate change by agency scientists at a conference on Monday in Rhode Island, according to reporting by the New York Times.

The last-minute cancellation was reported Sunday, the day befor...

September 6, 2017

On September 5, 2017, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is being rescinded. As numerous accounts indicate, majority of DACA recipients are students who are enrolled in higher education institution...

July 10, 2017

Friends of China’s most famous political prisoner, the Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, have issued a plea to Chinese authorities to be allowed one final audience with the dying activist.

The Chinese democracy campaigner, who was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer in May...

It has been over eight months since the Ethiopian security forces arrested the opposition leader Professor Merera Gudina upon his return to Ethiopia, following his participation in a hearing at the European parliament about the crisis in his home country, on basis of r...

May 12, 2017

Fears are growing for two Turkish academics whose health is deteriorating after more than 60 days on hunger strike, PEN International said today. 

Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça went on hunger strike on 8 March 2017 in the country's capital, Ankara, demanding that the...

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Hungarian Parliament voted in favor of Hungarian government plan to regulate foreign-based universities to the degree that might lead to the closure of Central European University(CEU).

As we have previously reported, last week Zoltán Balog, M...

Central European University (CEU) expresses its opposition to proposed amendments to Act CCIV of 2011 on National Higher Education, tabled in Hungarian Parliament today. After careful legal study, CEU has concluded that these amendments would make it impossible for the...

February 21, 2017

As the constitutional referendum in April 16, 2017 that proposes a regime change is approaching, the Turkish government continues to silence the democratic opposition through executive decrees. With a new emergency decree issued on Tuesday, February 7 2017, the Turkish...

January 25, 2017

As the sixth month of the emergency rule ends in Turkey, the Turkish government does not seem willing to end the witch-hunt, which dismissed more than 120,000 civil servants -including nearly 7000 academics- their jobs, and shut down 15 of 193 universities across the c...

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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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