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Speaking Out: Academic Freedom in the 21st Century

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In partnership with CARA, the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics|

Speaker: Giles Ji Ungpakorn; Mina Al-Lami, Iraqi Visiting Fellow under the LSE Scholars at Risk scheme|; Joseph.

Chair: Tom Porteous, London Director, Human Rights Watch

Tuesday 23 March 2010

Abstract

Wherever there is a dictatorship or totalitarian regime, its first quarrel is with those who oppose. They are often found in universities, places where teaching and research should flourish. Around the world, university lecturers and researchers can face persecution, imprisonment and torture for challenging those in power. The three speakers will discuss the personal threats and difficulties in carrying out their academic work in Cameroon, Iraq and Thailand.

Speakers

Giles Ji Ungpakorn, Thai academic and author who fled to the UK after being charged under laws which forbid criticism of the king; Mina Al-Lami, Iraqi Visiting Fellow under the LSE Scholars at Risk scheme; Joseph, a lecturer from Cameroon who fled to the UK for political reasons.

The LSE Scholars at Risk scheme is supported by the LSE Annual Fund

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