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Letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Regarding Intenet to Reject US Assylum Application of Radwan Ziadeh

[The following letter was issued by the Middle East Studies Association on 29 June 2017, in response to the Department of Homeland Security's intent to reject Dr. Radwan Ziadeh's application for U.S. asylum, despite being a well-known human rights activist.] The Honorable John F. Kelly Secretary of Homeland Security 245 Murray Lane SW Washington, D.C. 20528 mediainquiry@dhs.gov James McCament Acting Director U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ...

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Letter to Shaikh Hamad Al Khalifa Regarding the Sentencing and Detention Conditions of Bahraini Activist Nabeel Rajab

[The following letter was issued by the Middle East Studies Association on 26 July 2017 in response to its decision to Bahrain's detention of the prominent human rights lawyer, Nabeel Rajab.] Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa Office of His Majesty the King P.O. Box 555 Rifa’a Palace, al-Manama, Bahrain Fax: +973 1766 4587 Your Majesty, We write to you on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) ...

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Letter to Chancellor White and President Castro Regarding the Edward Said Professorship at the California State University

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 2 June 2017, in response to the abrupt cancellation of the search to fill the position of the Edward Said Professorship in Middle East Studies at the California State University at Fresno.] Dr. Timothy P. White Chancellor California State University twhite@calstate.edu Dr. Joseph I. Castro President California State University ...

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Letter to the President and Prime Minister of Turkey in Response to the Infringement of Academic Freedoms

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 19 May 2017, in response to the memo released by the Turkish Council for Scientific and Technical Research on 17 March 2017.] Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan President of the Republic of Turkey T.C. Cumhurbaşkanlığı Genel Sekreterliği 06689 ...

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Letter to Turkish Prime Minister Concerning Emergency Decrees Targeting Academia in Turkey

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 7 November 2016 in response to the onging emergency decrees that have targeted academia in Turkey.] Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara Turkey Dear Prime Minister Yıldırım: We write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America and its Committee on Academic Freedom to ...

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Letter to University of California Berkeley Chancellor on Cancellation of Palestine Course

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 16 September 2016 in response to the cancellation of a schedule course on Palestine at the University of California Berkeley..] Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks Office of the Chancellor University of California, Berkeley 200 California Hall #1500 Berkeley, CA 94720-1500 chancellor@berkeley.edu Dear Chancellor Dirks, We write on behalf of the Middle ...

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Letter to Republic of Iran Calling for Release of Homa Hoodfar

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 1 September 2016 in response to the detainment and deteriorating health of Professor Homa Hoodfar.] Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran c/o H.E. Mr. Gholamali Khoshroo Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations 622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor New York, NY 10017, USA email: iran@un.int fax: ...

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Letter Calling on SUNY-Plattsburgh to Defend Simona Sharoni's Academic Freedom

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 12 September 2016 in response to a continuing campaign to harass and intimidate Professor Simona Sharoni for her views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.] Dr. John Ettling President, State University of New York, Plattsburgh president_office@plattsburgh.edu Dr. Jake Liszka Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, State University of New York, ...

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Letter to Turkish PM Davutoglu Expressing Serious Concern Over Investigation and Prosecution of Scholars Who Are Signatories of the Peace Petition

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 22 February 2016 in response to the disciplinary and criminal investigations of scholars in Turkey who are signatories of the "Peace Petition." For the Appendix accompanying this letter which lists these investigations as well as retaliatory job terminations and threats to signatory academics in detail, please see the original version.] February 22, ...

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Urgent Call for Action by Middle East Studies Association on Behalf of Turkish Colleagues

The Middle East Studies Association’s Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) calls on MESA members to respond to an unprecedented assault on academics and academic freedom in Turkey. Last week a group of  1128 Turkish scholars (together with over 355 academics outside of Turkey) signed a petition for peace in the Kurdish regions of the country.  In the wake of its publication, President Erdoǧan criticized it in a public address, and called the signatories ...

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Letter to Turkish PM Davutoglu Concerning Academic Facing Criminal Indictment for “Terrorist Propaganda” and Praising 'Crime and Criminals' Due to a Final Exam Question

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 3 November 2015] Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Via facsimile +90 312 417 0476 Dear Prime Minister Davutoğlu: 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 serious concern over reports that Barış Ünlü, ...

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Letter to the UAE Minister of the Interior Concerning Denial of Entry to the UAE of NYU Professor Andrew Ross

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 25 March 2015] His Excellency Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan Minister of the Interior, United Arab Emirates via fax 971-2-4022762 and 971-2-4415780 His Excellency Yussef Al Otaiba Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States 202-243-2432  Dr. John Sexton President of New York University john.sexton@nyu.edu Dr. Al Bloom Vice-Chancellor ...

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Letter to Sponsors of International Conference for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, regarding Israel's Indiscriminate Bombardment and Destruction of Palestinian Educational Institutions in July and August 2014.

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 25 February 2015] 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,  On behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom ...

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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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 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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