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Published: 2020-11-27

Umeå University calls for Djalali to be released

NEWS The Swedish-Iranian researcher Ahmadreza Djalali has been imprisoned in Iran since 2016. He is accused of espionage and is now at risk of execution. The international network Scholars at Risk (SAR) is working intensively to get him released. Umeå University, which has been a member of the network since 2016, stands strongly behind the efforts of securing the immediate release of Djalali.

Text: Camilla Bergvall

“It is important to protect academic freedom throughout the world,” says a deeply concerned Hans Adolfsson, Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University. “To imprison an individual researcher and sentence him to death on very weak grounds, as in this case, is a serious threat to both legal certainty and academic freedom.”

Umeå University has now signed a petition drawn up by Scholars at Risk, which is addressed to the leaders in Iran and to representatives of the UN and the EU for them to suspend the capital sentence and release Ahmadreza Djalali.

“We do everything in our power to, together with human rights organizations, universities and governmental representatives, influence Iran to release Ahmadreza Djalali. We hope that the diplomatic process conducted from Swedish, European and international sides has effect,” says Karolina Catoni, Deputy Head of the International Center at the University of Gothenburg and coordinator of the Swedish section of Scholars at Risk, SAR-Sweden.

About Scholars at Risk

Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network working to safe-guard academic freedom and provide protection for at-risk researchers. Over 500 universities are members of Scholars at Risk. In Sweden, 21 Swedish higher education institutions are members of the network.  The Swedish section, SAR-Sweden, has been coordinated from the University of Gothenburg since 2016.

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