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Concern Over Evaluation of Research Proposal by University of Toronto Professor to Social Science and Humanities Research Council

Letter to Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada President Chad Gaffield expressing concern about his organization's use of a politicized referee's report to evaluate a research proposal submitted by University of Toronto Professor Jens Hanssen.

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Controversy Over San Jose University Workshop for Teachers and Community College Faculty about Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Letter to University President Mohammad Qayoumi expressing concern about the response of San José State to the ongoing controversy surrounding the recent workshop for high school teachers and community college faculty on teaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that was organized by Professor Persis Karim.

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UAE Officials Denying Entry to Kristian Coates Ulrichsen for Views De-legitimizing the Bahraini Monarchy

Complaint to UAE officials for denying entry to Dr. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Co-Director of the Kuwait Research Programme at the London School of Economics (LSE), who on February 22 was denied entry into the United Arab Emirates “for consistently propagated views de-legitimizing the Bahraini monarchy.”

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Police Violence at Middle East Technical University Responding to Student Protests

Letter regarding police violence at Ankara’s Middle East Technical University on December 18, 2012, when an extraordinarily large police contingent was deployed. Students were protesting government policies on the regulation of higher education and the attendant violation of student rights during PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to the METU campus in connection to the launching of the Göktürk-2 satellite.

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Imprisonment and Maltreatment of University of Texas Student Omid Kokabee

Concern regarding the imprisonment and maltreatment of Omid Kokabee, a doctoral student in physics at the University of Texas at Austin, who was arrested in February 2011 during a visit to Iran and incarcerated at Evin Prison without clear charges or a trial for 15 months. He was later sentenced to 10 years in prison on unsubstantiated charges.

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Legal Battle by Pinar Selek Depicting Climate of Intimidation

The fourteen-year-long cycle of trials and acquittals that has subjected Pınar Selek, a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Strasbourg, to prolonged denial of justice. Selek’s plight has also contributed to a climate of intimidation confronting all scholars, within and outside of Turkey, who wish to conduct research and writing on Kurdish issues.

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Appeal to International Committee Members to Intervene for Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Appeal to international committee members who are charged of implementing the recommendation by the Israeli Council of Higher Education’s Sub-Committee for Quality Assessment that new students not be allowed to register in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

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Israeli Council for Higher Education to Suspend Student Registration in Ben Gurion University’s Department of Politics and Government

Letter to Israel’s Minister of Education Gideon Sa’ar regarding recommendation by Israeli Council for Higher Education Subcommittee for Quality to suspend student registration in Ben Gurion University’s Department of Politics and Government for the 2013-14 academic year.

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