Letter to the president of the University of Toronto protesting the rescinding of the offer of employment to Dr. Valentina Azarova.
Committee on Academic Freedom
MESA’s Committee on Academic Freedom comprises two sub-committees: MENA (Middle East and North Africa) and NA (North America). The mission of CAF is to address violations by protesting them at the highest government and diplomatic levels of the country where the violation occurs. The cases that CAF has addresses can be viewed in the list of interventions. To learn more about CAF, read the Committee's protocol.
Letter to Iranian authorities protesting students' detention, and reports according to which they are being pressured into make televised false confessions in order to escape the death penalty.
Letter to Israeli authorities protesting the continued detention of Imad Barghouthi, Professor of Theoretical Space Plasma Physics at Al-Quds University, and the order to place him under administrative detention.
Sentencing Bahey eldin Hassan, human rights advocate and founder of Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
Letter to Egyptian authorities expressing deep concern regarding the verdict against Bahey eldin Hassan, in absentia, on 25 August 2020. Hassan is a leading human rights advocate in Egypt and founder of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS). CAF also urges the authorities to drop all charges against Hassan.
Letter to the President of USC criticizing her recent message conflating anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.
Letter to Israeli authorities condemning the detention and conditional release of Rania Elias, Suhail Khoury, and Daoud Al-Ghoul, directors of cultural institutions in occupied East Jerusalem, and the infringements on educational and cultural rights of Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem.
Letter regarding the case of Dr. Kayıhan Pala, a Public Health professor at Uludağ University, who faces a disciplinary investigation for sharing his scholarly views on the numbers of reported Covid-19 cases and fatalities in Bursa.
Concern for the safety of Australian-British dual national Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert imprisoned in Iran
Letter to Iranian authorities protesting the transfer of Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert from Evin to Qarchak prison and expressing grave concern for her safety and well-being.
Letter to Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu about the most recent arrest and administrative detention of Dr. Imad Barghouti of Al-Quds University without charge or trial.
Letter regarding the case of Professor Bülent Şık whose research focuses on public health, food safety and the right to a healthy environment, and who was given a prison sentence for making public his research on industrial pollution.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Vice Chancellor responds to June 3 CAF letter about Horowitz Center attack on Samer Alatout.
Persistent targeting of Palestinian students through arbitrary arrests and detentions, often without trial
Letter to the Government of Israel protesting the ongoing obstruction of Palestinian higher education through the persistent targeting and detention of Palestinian students and the most recent spate of arbitrary arrests.
MESA is pleased to report that the prominent Bahraini human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab has been released from prison – albeit under “severe restrictions” – after serving four of a five-year sentence.
Letter regarding the recent amendments made to Turkey’s Higher Education Law that enable arbitrary and unconstitutional forms of punishment against faculty and politically motivated closures of private universities.
Letter to the University of Wisconsin protesting the Horowitz Center’s attack on Professor Samer Alatout
Letter to the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison protesting the David Horowitz Freedom Center's Scurrilous Attack on Professor Samer Alatout.
Letter to Egyptian authorities protesting the arrest and extended pre-trial detention of Kholoud Said, a translator at Bibliotheka Alexandrina, and calling for reform of the criminal code that allows for multiple renewals of the pre-trial detention period
Letter to Duke University criticizing the questioning of a student because of her social media posts
Letter to the vice provost/vice president of Duke University criticizing the summoning of a student for questioning over her social media posts.
Letter regarding recent developments affecting Istanbul Sehir University that have compromised the university’s governance and autonomy and now threaten it with closure as a result of an apparently politically motivated campaign by the Turkish government.
Concern regarding the well-being of Australian-British dual national Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert imprisoned in Iran
Letter to Iranian authorities expressing our grave concern over the well-being of Australian-British dual national, Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who has been imprisoned in Iran since 2018.
Letter to Israeli authorities regarding the recent sentencing and continued imprisonment of Mais Abu Gush, a Birzeit University student who has been detained since August 2019.
Letter to Saudi authorities protesting the death in custody and after medical negligence of scholar, rights advocate, and political detainee Dr. Abdullah al-Hamid.
Calling for immediate release of Niloufar Bayani and her conservationist colleagues from Iran’s prison
Letter to Iranian authorities calling for the immediate release of Niloufar Bayani and her conservationist colleagues given the abusive detention practices and due process failures of their imprisonment.
Letter to Iranian authorities calling for the immediate release of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal amid their personal health crisis and deteriorating health conditions in the country’s prisons.