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Committee on Academic Freedom (MESA)

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Letter to the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law regarding Attack on Title VI-Supported Middle East Studies Centers

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 23 October 2014] Kenneth L. Marcus President and General Counsel Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law via fax: 202-756-1301 Dear Mr. Marcus: I am writing on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to express our grave concern about the contents and apparent intent of the ...

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Letter to Amcha Initiative Regarding Its Report on UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 23 October 2014] Amcha Initiative via email administrator@amchainitiative.org To whom it may concern: I am writing on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to express our grave concern about the content and apparent intent of the report released by the Amcha Initiative in September 2014 ...

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Letter to Hosts of the International Conference for the Reconstruction of Gaza

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association] Hosts of the International Conference for the Reconstruction of Gaza Børge Brende Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway via utenriksminister@mfa.no via fax +47 23 95 00 99 Sameh Shoukry Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt via fax + 20 2576 7967 Your Excellencies,  I write on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) of the Middle East ...

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Letter to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Protesting Revocation of Job Offer Made to Steven Salaita

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on 11 August 2014.] Dr. Phyllis M. Wise Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via email: chancellor@illinois.edu Dear Chancellor Wise: I am writing on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to express our concern about the decision of the University of Illinois at ...

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Letter Concerning LA City Council Threats to Student Free Speech

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[The following open letter was issued by theCommittee on Academic Freedom of the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA)] July 1, 2014 Bob Blumenfield  councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org  Mike Bonin  councilmember.bonin@lacity.org Joe Buscaino  councildistrict15@lacity.org Gilbert Cedillo  councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org Mitchell Englander  councilmember.englander@lacity.org Felipe ...

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Letter Concerning Israeli Raids on Palestinian University Campuses

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[The following open letter was issued by theCommittee on Academic Freedom of the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA)] June 30, 2014 John Kerry US Secretary of State via fax 202-663-3636 Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel via fax 972-2-5303367 Dear Sirs, On behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), I write to express our concern about the recent raids by Israeli forces against ...

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Open Letter to Saudi Minister of Interior Demanding Release of Human Rights Activist al-Qahtani

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[The following open letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA)] Your Royal Highness, I write to you on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) to express our concern regarding economics professor Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani.  In March 2013, Dr. Al-Qahtani was sentenced to 10-years in prison and to a travel ban of equal length following the end of his prison ...

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Letter Concerning Charges Against Amr Hamzawy

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] February 18, 2014 Adel Abd al-Hameed Minister of Justice Lazoghly Square, Ministry of Justice Cairo Arab Republic of Egypt by fax: 20 2 795 8103 by e-mail: mjustice@moj.gov.eg Your Excellency, I write to you on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) to express our strong ...

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Letter Concerning Indictment of Dr. Emad Shahin

[The following letter was issued by theCommittee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] February 4, 2014 Adel Abd al-Hameed Minister of Justice Lazoghly Square, Ministry of Justice Cairo Arab Republic of Egypt by fax: 20 2 795 8103 by e-mail: mjustice@moj.gov.eg Your Excellency, I write to you on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) in strong ...

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Letter Concerning San José State University Response to Attacks Against Professor Persis Karim After Conference on Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] 16 May 2013 Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi President San José State University Office of the President Tower Hall 207, One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192 Dear President Qayoumi: We are writing on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) and its Committee on Academic Freedom to express concern about the ...

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Letter Concerning Attacks Against Faculty Who Did Not Support Re-election of the University Rector in Turkey

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[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] 8 May 2013 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Dear Prime Minister Erdoğan: I write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America and its Committee on Academic Freedom regarding troubling incidents at Kilis 7 Aralık University (K7AU). Beginning ...

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Letter Concerning Suspension of Dr. Mona Prince of Suez University

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[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] 7 May 2013 Dr. Maher Musbah President, Suez University Cairo-Suez Road Suez Arab Republic of Egypt Dear President Musbah, I write on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America in strong protest of the current investigation and informal suspension without pay of Dr. Mona ...

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Letter Concerning the UAE "Blacklisting" of Dr. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

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[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] February 28, 2013 His Excellency Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan Minister of Foreign Affairs
 United Arab Emirates via fax +971 02 444 7766 Your Excellency, I write to you on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) and its Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) to register shock and deep dismay at the ...

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Letter Concerning Incidents at the Marmara University Faculty of Communications

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[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] 24 January 2013 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Dear Prime Minister Erdoğan: I write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America and its Committee on Academic Freedom concerning the alarming incidents that have been reported at Marmara ...

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Letter Concerning Imprisonment and Maltreatment of Omid Kokabee

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[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] 3 January 2013 Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran c/o  H.E. Mohammad Khazaee Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations 662 Third Avenue New York, NY 10017  Your Excellency, I write to you ...

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Letter Concerning Prolonged Denial of Justice for Pinar Selek

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[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] 12 December 2012 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık Ankara, Turkey Dear Prime Minister Erdoğan: I write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America and its Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) in order to express our dismay and concern over the fourteen-year-long ...

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Letter Concerning Allegations of Turkish Universities' Censorship of Subjects

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[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) concerning censorship several Turkish universitiess.] 12 December 2012 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık Ankara, Turkey Dear Prime Minister Erdoğan: I write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America and its Committee on Academic Freedom in order to express our ...

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Letter Concerning Ongoing Pattern of Arrests of Turkish Academics Researching Kurdish Issues

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[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) concerning arrests and detentions of academics and researchers working on Kurdish issues.] 12 December 2012 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık Ankara, Turkey Dear Prime Minister Erdoğan: I write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America and its Committee on Academic ...

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Letter Concerning Revocation of Citizenship of 31 Bahraini Nationals

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[The following letter was written by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] 11 December 2012 His Excellency Lieutenant General Shaikh Rashid Al Khalifa Minister of the Interior Ministry of the Interior P.O. Box 13 Kingdom of Bahrain Your Excellency Shaikh Rashid, I write to you on behalf the Middle East Studies Association and its Committee on Academic Freedom to express our deep concern over the ...

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Letter Concerning US Department of State Decision to Freeze Scholarships for Students from Gaza

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[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association concerning the decision by the US Department of State to freeze scholaships for students from Gaza seeking to study in the West Bank.] 13 November 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton U.S. Department of State  2201 C Street NW  Washington, DC 20520 Dear Secretary Clinton: On behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) of the Middle ...

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 Committee on Academic Freedom (MESA)

 
The Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) seeks to foster the free exchange of knowledge as a human right and to inhibit infringements on that right by government restrictions on scholars. The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights provide the principal standards by which human rights violations are identified today. Those rights include the right to education and work, freedom of movement and residence, and freedom of association and assembly.

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