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Concerns regarding the arrest of Professor Saad Eddin Ibrahim and staff members of the Ibn Khaldun Center

Letter to President Hosni Mubarak to express concerns regarding the arrest of Professor Saad Eddin Ibrahim and staff members of the Ibn Khaldun Center; voiced distress both at the manner in which the trial was conducted by the Supreme Security Court, and the unduly harsh sentences imposed on Professor Ibrahim and his colleagues.

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Urge public commitment to defend academic freedom in Egypt

Letter to President Hosni Mubarak to urge a public commitment to defend academic freedom in Egypt and the free flow of information and ideas, in response to reports of increasing censorship and book-banning by the Ministry of Information.

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Israeli government restrictions on students in the West Bank and Gaza

Letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express continued concern at restrictions the Israeli government imposes on students in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and alarm regarding the recent arrest, subsequent detention, and denial of right to legal counsel of Iyad Habib Muhamma, president of the Bir Zeit University student council.

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Order to the American University in Cairo prohibiting the use of the book Muhammad

Letter to President Hosni Mubarak regarding an order to the American University in Cairo prohibiting the use of the book Muhammad, a classic text by Maxime Robinson. A student circulated a petition and a journalist published an article in the 13 May 1998 issue of al-Ahram, stating that the book contained passages that insult Islamic beliefs and ridicule the Holy Book.

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Deteriorating conditions of academic life and violation of academic freedom in Bahrain

Letter to Bahraini officials regarding the deteriorating conditions of academic life and violation of academic freedom in Bahrain. Many intellectuals and academics are subjected to a coercive policy that limits their academic freedom and their opportunities for employment and professional advancement; an officially sanctioned policy of intimidation and the selective application of restrictions on academics.

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Arrest of Sudanese women protesting forcible conscription of students

Letter to Sudanese officials regarding the arrest of thirty-three women on 1 December 1997, who were members of the Sudanese Women Association and the Mothers of the Sudanese Students Union. They organized a march to the UN headquarters in Khartoum protesting the forcible conscription of students and to deliver a memorandum to the UN representative.

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Continued disruptions of education in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Letter to Israeli Authorities expressing concern over the strict closures of the West Bank and Gaza Strip causing disruptions to institutions of higher education as well as the harassment of Gazan students in the West Bank including arbitrary denials, delays or non-renewals of student permits.

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