- Endangered Scholars Worldwide
The information in this quarterly print report is current as of October 10, 2019. The situation of scholars and students around the world changes on a daily basis. For the most up-to-date information and ways in which you can be involved in calling for the freedom of endangered scholars and students, please visit us online at www.endangeredscholarsworldwide.net or follow us at www.facebook.com/ endangeredscholars. In these pages we introduce new cases that have come to our attention over the past three months and provide basic information about continuing cases—a description of charges and potential or actual reported sentences. If you are aware of a scholar or student whose case you believe we should investigate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On September 16, 2019, Endangered Scholars Worldwide transmitted a letter of appeal to the Iranian Government and the European Parliament regarding the ongoing detention, persecution, and conviction of University of Melbourne lecturer and researcher Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who has been detained since August 2018 by the Islamic Republic of Iran and was sentenced to 10 years in an Iran prison for undisclosed reasons.
Letter of Appeal on Behalf of Kylie Moore-Gilbert Sentenced to Ten Years in Iran Prison
Endangered Scholars Worldwide is compelled to express its outrage at the arrest and conviction of University of Melbourne lecturer and researcher Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who has been detained since August 2018 by the Islamic Republic of Iran and was sentenced to 10 years in an Iran prison for undisclosed reasons. [End Page v]
Moore-Gilbert, a British-Australian citizen and a Islamic studies student, has been held in Evin prison in Tehran. While the charges against her have not been disclosed, 10-year terms are routinely given in Iran for spying charges.
We at Endangered Scholars Worldwide consider Kylie Moore-Gilbert's detention a flagrant and unjust violation of the freedom, security, and safety of an academic who has been caught up in the political tension between the United Kingdom and Iran—arrested without cause, held for weeks in solitary confinement and without access to a lawyer, and subjected to physical mistreatment and psychological abuse.
Endangered Scholars Worldwide strongly deplores and condemns the ongoing detention, persecution, and conviction of Kylie Moore-Gilbert and calls upon all international organizations, academic and professional associations, and other groups and individuals devoted to the promotion and defense of human rights to protest and condemn this arbitrary incarceration; to ask for her immediate and unconditional release; and to urge the officials of the Iranian government to end the tactic of taking of foreign nationals and dual citizen scholars and students hostage for political gains and to respect, guarantee, and implement the provisions and principles of human rights.
NEW AND CONTINUING CASES
Scholars and Researchers: abdul-jalil al-singace, 57, the former head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Bahrain, has been in Jau Prison since 2011 on a life sentence for allegedly "plotting to overthrow the government" during the Arab Spring protests. Throughout his time in detention, Al-Singace has been subjected to torture and various other forms of mistreatment. Since March 2013, Bahraini officials have consistently ignored Al-Singace's requests for medical attention despite his long-term poliomyelitis, which has left him paralyzed since childhood. According to report published on October 8, 2019 by [End Page vi] Human Rights Watch, Al-Singace has been experiencing severe chest pain, numbness in his fingers, and shaking in his left hand since August 22, 2019. According to his daughter, the prisoner of conscience saw the prison doctor on August 28, for the first time since 2017. The prison doctor recommended on August 28 that he should see a heart specialist in the Bahrain Defense Forces (BDF) Hospital. On the day of the appointment, prison authorities told Al-Singace that they would not take him there.
Students: ali mohamed hakeem al-arab, 23, a nursing student, was arrested on February 9, 2017, with his cousin, ahmed al-arab, 27, who is also a nursing student. Both men were consequently sentenced to death by the Fourth High...