Press release in support of Iranian students and academics
The six universities of the Fédération Wallonie‐Bruxelles, represented within the Conseil des Recteurs francophones (Conference of rectors), are deeply shocked by the brutal response given by the Iranian authorities to students, teachers, and, more broadly, all Iranian women and men who have been protesting since the death of 22‐year‐old Mahsa Amini who died in custody after being arrested for allegedly flouting local dress codes.
The Conference of rectors strongly supports all the Iranian women and men who peacefully stand up for their rights and calls upon the Belgian and European authorities to urge the Iranian authorities to respect those rights, to engage in a constructive dialogue with the protesters and to grant universities the leeway they need so as to fully play their role as centers of critical thinking.
The six universities will organize initiatives to raise public awareness and will continue to do so until the violent actions against Iranian students, teachers and other citizens come to a halt and a constructive and multi‐voiced democratic dialogue is installed.
CReF - Press Release, 24 October 2022
Release of the Iranian PhD researcher Hamid Babaei
Between 2014 and 2019, many initiatives led by the group Liège Amnesty International and French-speaking universities had been taken to oppose the imprisonment of Hamid Babaei. The Iranian PhD researcher from HEC Liège had been unjustly imprisoned in his country following his refusal to spy on Iranian students living in Belgium. He was released 6 years later, in August 2019.
Hamid Babaei now wishes to raise awareness for the defense of human rights in Iran. A conference will be organized soon:
Iran: the aspirations of youth for freedom.
Views and debate
In the presence of Hamid Babaei and other Iranian intellectuals
Saturday 26th November 2022 at 5:00 pm
University of Liege
Place du 20-Août 7 | 4000 Liège