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Iran: Joint statement on the right to education and academic freedom in Iran

, Index number: MDE 13/033/2012

In this statement, human rights and student organizations express deep concern about the alarming state of academic freedom in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in particular violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly on campuses; and institutionalized procedures that allow authorities arbitrarily to expel and suspend students, and fire graduate instructors on the basis of their political views or activities. Over six hundred students, as well as some university lecturers, have been arrested since 2009 and hundreds deprived of education, as a result of their political activities.

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