NEAR Newsletter September 2010
Welcome to the NEAR Newsletter. In this edition you will find our most recent Action Alerts and also an ‘Academic Freedom in the Media’ section, listing news by country (September 2010). Any comments and suggestions about the content and layout of the newsletter will be gratefully received at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEAR Action Alerts *Taken from the NEAR website
Three Moroccan teachers have been arrested along with four others for allegedly kidnapping and threatening a former member of Islamic organization Justice and Spirituality, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on 1st September. Moroccan law has been repeatedly broken during the arrest and ongoing trial, and the men have been charged with an offence that is not legally recognised. The defendants, who all deny the accusations, have told lawyers that they have been tortured and threatened with rape whilst held in custody.
Education International has launched a global petition calling for the release of Professor Miguel Beltrán, who was imprisoned in 2009 on charges that violate his right to academic freedom.
An increase in the number of cases of non-religious university professors being ‘retired’ has caused concern among the opposition about the continuing infringement of university autonomy in the Islamic Republic. Members of the Iranian parliament have also expressed concern about the consequences of this on the scientific community and the country’s development process.
Emadeddin Baghi, prominent Iranian scholar and human rights activist, has received a six-year prison sentence for an interview he conducted for BBC’s Persian language channel.
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Academic Freedom in the Media *By country, taken from the NEAR website
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