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March 19 - 25, 2021

Scholars at Risk monitors reports of threats to academic freedom and higher education communities worldwide, including media articles, blogs, opinion pieces and other announcements. Unless otherwise indicated (such as in articles written by SAR), the language and views contained in the search results reflect those of the originating author and/or publication and do not necessarily represent the views of Scholars at Risk or its members, affiliates, board or staff. An archive of the Media Review is available on our website.

CHINA / EUROPEAN UNION: China sanctions hit academics and research institute
Yojana Sharma, University World News, 3/25
China announced the barring of several researchers, the entire Berlin-based Mercator Institute for China Studies, and researchers' families from visiting China. The action follows the European Union's bans on Chinese officials.
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BELARUS: Why some young people are fleeing Belarus
Elena Danilovich, Deutsche Welle, 3/24
Following nationwide protests against President Alexander Lukashenko’s re-election, 415 students have been arrested, 135 have been expelled from universities, and 27 have had charges against them. Some students have left the country to continue their studies.
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INDIA: The Case for Professor Saibaba: Understanding the Effect of State of Exception Rules in India
Liam-Elio Colabuono-McDonagh and Busola Ajayi, Impact Nottingham, 3/22
Scholars at Risk at the University of Nottingham call attention to Indian Professor Gokarakonda Naga Saibaba, who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life in prison under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
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CANADA: UBC political science students advocate for imprisoned Uyghur academic
Sydney Cristall, The Ubyssey, 3/22
Scholars at Risk’s student advocacy seminar at the University of British Columbia is advocating on behalf of imprisoned Uyhghur scholar Dr. Ilham Tohti through a petition to the Canadian government to call for Dr. Tohti’s release and the hosting of a live webinar on the oppression of the Uyghur people.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Non-EU scientists face exclusion from sensitive Horizon projects
David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 3/22
Non-EU scientists in the UK, Israel, and Switzerland face exclusion from research following a new strategic plan from Horizon Europe. The plan indicates that certain research projects will be kept private in order to protect the EU’s sovereignty over “strategic technology areas” and “critical infrastructures.”
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MYANMAR / CANADA: Professor berates student in Myanmar for missing exam due to military-imposed internet blackout, viral screenshots show
Li Cohen, CBS News, 3/19
A York University professor was removed from a course after berating and threatening to fail a student living in Myanmar who could not take a midterm exam following a military-imposed internet blackout in the country.
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INDIA: 'It Is Dangerous To Speak Up In India Today.' What the Resignations of 2 Academics Show About Freedom of Expression Under Modi
Billy Perrigo, Time, 3/19
Pratap Bhanu Mehta, a prominent academic and critic of India’s ruling party, resigned as a professor at Ashok University under alleged government pressure. Arvind Subramanian, an economics professor at the university, resigned in solidarity with Mehta.
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MYANMAR: Military invades campuses, student leaders tortured
Naw Say Phaw Waa, University World News, 3/18
Following the military coup, Myanmar’s armed forces have violently stormed university campuses, arrested hundreds of students and teachers involved in anti-coup protests, and killed over 200 protesters, including students. Soldiers have begun to station themselves at university campuses, forcing many students to move out of campus accommodations.
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UNITED STATES / CHINA: Tufts to close its China-funded Confucius Institute
Laura Krantz, The Boston Globe, 3/17
Tufts University will close its China-funded language and cultural center, the Confucius Institute. The institute, one of over 50 in the United States, has sparked concern over whether it promotes censorship and undermines human rights.