۱۳۹۰ آذر ۱۶, چهارشنبه
In Solidarity With The Students of Iran
Today, the 7th of December ( 16th Azar) was the Iranian National Student Day and a ceremony was held at SOAS in solidarity with students in Iran who are either arrested on baseless accusations or deprived of education. These students include activists, bloggers, journalists and unrecognized religious minorities ( including the Bahais). The campaign in support of Students in Iran tries to echo the voices of the oppressed students in Iran and demand : 1. The unconditional and immediate freedom with dignity of more than seventy imprisoned students. 2. Abolishing disciplinary committees responsible for the temporary and permanent expulsion of students from their right to education. 3. Academic freedom and an end to human and civil rights violations within universities. 4. An end to ideological, governmental intervention in the research and teachings as related to the field of Humanities. 5. Defense of the autonomy of universities. 6. An end to governmental interference in the management of universities. 7. An end to the widespread dismissal and early retirement of independent university professors and their replacement with less qualified henchmen. 8. Nullification of the dissolution of Iran’s University of Medical Sciences. 9. An end to government intervention in the structure and fabric of universities. 10. An end to political, ideological, sexist and religious discrimination in the student admission process. 11. Reflection of the views and philosophy of Iran’s student movement in matters pertinent to the country. 12. Mobilization of Iranian student associations abroad. 13. Supporting international sanctions against state officials who have engaged in the systematic human rights abuses and violations against the Iranian people.