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Committee on Academic Freedom (MESA)

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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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Letter Concerning Removal of Professor Rula Quawas from Her Post as Dean at the University of Jordan

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[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association concerning the removal of Professor Rula Quawas from her position as Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Jordan after a her students produced and published a video on sexual harrassment. To view the video, click here.] 26 October 2012 Dr. Ikhleif Tarawneh President University of Jordan Amman 11942, Jordan Dear President ...

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Letter Concerning Suspension of Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University

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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).] Minister of Education Gideon Sa’ar Ministry of Education Government of Israel Sent via email gsaar@knesset.gov.il Dear Minister Sa’ar, It is with great consternation that I write to you, on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), regarding the ...

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Letter Concerning Interruption of Study of Four Medical Students at King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia

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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).] Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Al-Rubaish President, King Faisal University via email aalrubaish@kfu.edu.sa; president@ud.edu.sa Dr. Waleed Albu-Ali Dean, College of Medicine, King Faisal University via email wbuali@kfu.ed.sa Dr. Majid bin Ali Al-Naimi Minister of Higher Education, Bahrain via facsimile +973 1768 0161 Prince Faisal Bin ...

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Letters Concerning Academic Freedom in Iran

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[The following letters were written by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] (1) 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 on behalf of the ...

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Letter Concerning Turkish Minister of Interior's Comparison Between Writing in Support of Kurdish Rights and Terrorism

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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).] Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Via facsimile +90 312 417 0476 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 dismay and concern at recent ...

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Committee on Academic Freedom: Letter Concerning the Arrest and Detention of Muge Tuzcuoglu

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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).] Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık  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 March 8th arrest and detention of ...

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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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