The Scholars At Risk (SAR)’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Workshop was hosted by the Centre for Human Rights from 2-6 April 2013 and was attended by SAR staff, SAR’s monitoring partners and staff of the Centre. Participants were welcomed by the Dean of Faculty of Law, Prof André Boraine and the Director of the Centre for Human Rights, Prof Frans Viljoen.

The aim of the Academic Freedom Monitoring Workshop is to improve SAR’s monitoring and information distribution system which creates awareness of conducts which constitute violation of academic freedom and human rights of members of the academic institution.

Participants highlighted on some of the current attacks on higher education, spanning from violence against students in Afghanistan, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Sri Lanka and Syria; killings of students in Afghanistan and Syria; wrongful imprisonment and persecution of students in Côte d’Ivoire and Bahrain; Afghanistan university closures; and military use of higher education in Côte d’Ivoire.

Some of these attacks are directed at human rights defenders in higher education institutions, or individuals who advance human rights through their research, publications and teachings. Moreover, others are targeted due to their prominent reputation in the intellectual community or based on the content of their publications.

For more information on this event, see: http://www.scholarsatrisk.nyu.edu


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