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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is being rescinded.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...

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...

May 6, 2017

Malaysia’s police chief confirmed the arrest of a former vice chair of a Turkish university who Ankara accuses of links to the last year’s coup attempt.

Malaysia’s police chief confirmed Friday the arrest of a former vice chair of a Turkish university who Ankara accuses...

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...

January 30, 2017

Narges Bayani, a Ph.D student at NYU’s Institute for the Study Of The Ancient World, was among those who were detained at JFK. According to a Facebook post by Bayani’s sister, she was denied re-entry to the country and has to wait two days to take a flight back to Iran...

January 30, 2017

A Long Island PhD student from Iran has been detained at JFK for the past 24 hours following President Trump’s executive order instituting extreme vetting, her distraught friend told The Post.

“She arrived yesterday and she has been in detention for over 24 hours,” Mitr...

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...

On Friday January 6, 2017, the Turkish government issued three new emergency decrees which dismissed 8390 civil servants from their positions in several state institutions, including the ministries of Health and Justice, the office of law enforcement, the Armed Forces,...

December 3, 2016

Taliban militants publicly hanged a university student after accusing him of killing a senior intelligence officer in Kabul Polytechnic university.

The militia took Faizul Rehman, a fourth-year student from his car as he traveled home to visit his family in Maidan Warda...

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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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