Publish Date: 09.12.2020

Category: News from the University

The EUTOPIA alliance and its six member universities: CY Cergy Paris Université, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Göteborgs Universitet, Univerza v Ljubljani, the University of Warwick and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), call on the Iranian government to act urgently to release Swedish-Iranian VUB guest lecturer Dr Ahmadreza Djalali from his imprisonment and death sentence.

The EUTOPIA Alliance welcomes the Iranian government’s recent release from prison of the University of Melbourne academic Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert and asks that the same clemency be applied to Dr Ahmadreza Djalali.

Dr Djalali is attached to VUB, the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, and the Università Degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale in Italy as a guest lecturer. We ask the Iranian government to review his case urgently, and to act with mercy and a respect for academic freedom by releasing him from his charges and the risk of imminent execution.

Our Alliance asks the Belgian, French, Spanish, Slovenian, Swedish, UK and European authorities to support actively our appeal to the Iranian government and to press for the immediate release of Dr Djalali through all diplomatic and political channels. We thank all of the political leaders and diplomats, and many colleagues and volunteers, who are already actively pressing for Dr Djalali’s release.

Eva Wiberg, Vice-Chancellor, University of Gothenburg, Chair EUTOPIA alliance
Igor Papič, Rector, Univerza v Ljubljani
François Germinet, President, CY Cergy Paris Université
Caroline Pauwels, Rector, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Jaume Casals, Rector, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Warwick